If you don't want to pay for holiday photos this year, but think a holiday styled shoot is impossible without a studio, I have good news! I am going to share how I created this Christmas photoshoot setting on my porch with just the things in my house! I'm spilling details from how to edit the photos to what weather is best to take your photos in!
Lets start with your set. When dealing with kids and a backdrop, I find having them seated or confined to a chair (wether that be standing, sitting, or laying on it) better then having them free standing. Primarily, because it keeps them in the space you need to shoot, and secondly because them walking on your DIY backdrop can make it fall down.
Bonus: a beautiful chair creates a great focal point and adds texture to the images.
This is our dinning room chair from Sleek Modern Furniture (Their entire site is 15% off through the end of December with code SIMONE15).
So here is what my set looked like. I used a cream knit blanket for the backdrop and hung it from a lamp, the screen, and some bricks on our balcony! It was NOT stable and would have fallen if tugged on! I say that, not to sound sloppy, but to show you that I didn't use fancy hanging equipment or hardware. I actually taped one corner around the edge of our sliding screen door! Anyone can do this if you just get creative with it.
I normally would have used a white sheet, but I liked the warmth that the texture in the blanket provided.
For the props, I just found festive colors and decor around our house. I loved the red in his tricycle and I pulled the greenery from my dining room table. Have fun with this part and make it unique to your home and style. My other idea was to put flannel pillows all over the rug and have him sit in them, but as you can see below, his attention span didn't allow for a prop change!
As this shoot was more about how to do the shoot then about getting great photos of Oliver, here are a few bloopers to keep him human! He was meant to hold a snow globe but he had a death grip on that basketball.
If you are shooting with your iphone you wants TONS of natural light for the photos to turn out nice and clear. Doing them outside under an awning or covering is good because you get natural light but less shadows. Ideally, shoot on a cloudy day. That is what I did here. The clouds help prevent harsh shadows and glares. I used my Canon for most of these, but this one (below) was with my iPhone 6, so if you don't have access to a DSLR play around with your phone as well.
There are plenty of ways and styles for editing photos, but I prefer a softer feel when working with bright reds. I did all of the edits on my phone to show that you don't need special programs to do your own photos.
1. I used the HB2 filter on the VSCO cam app and turned it down to 6.5.
2. I turned down the saturation -1 to soften the red and turned up the fade to +3.5 to give it a slight vintage feel (all done on the VSCO cam app)
3. A few were a bit dark so I turned up the exposure and some needed cropping and straightening.
There you have it! I didn't spend ANY money on this shoot and did it all without fancy gadgets or props. Give it a try- you might be surprised with what you can do with your phone and some cute kids!
Calais Side Chair in Grey- Sleek Modern Furniture • Cactus Rug- Lorena Canals • Tricycle- Radio Flyers
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