Capturing Life by Neyssa Lee » Capturing your family & teaching moms how to capture everyday moments

Ice Cream and Maternity Photos | North Bend Maternity Photographer

When a session combines  ice cream and maternity photos, you know you’re going to have a fun photo session! This family was no exception. Mom had a few great ideas for her session, from the location (a favorite spot for their family) to bringing ice cream to eat with her son! We didn’t start with ice cream and maternity photos, though!

Of course, we took some nice family photos to document them as a family of 3, just before they become a family of 4. And they were just stunning.
Ice Cream and Maternity Photos, Big Brother, FamilyMom was so gorgeous and glowing. This is one of my favorite shots of just mom. I know you can’t see all of her, but that sweet smile peeking at the top of the frame while the focus is on her baby bump is perfect.Ice Cream and Maternity Photos, Big Brother, FamilyThen I had the boys join mom for a few photos as the sun was peeking through the trees. These are the kinds of shots that I think photo sessions are made for. No one is looking at the camera, yet it is so special. You see that connection between that family. It’s as if I captured a private moment of family joy.
Ice Cream and Maternity Photos, Big Brother, FamilyYou can’t forget a mother and son shot. And you just know dad is being goofy behind me to bring out smiles like that!
Ice Cream and Maternity Photos, Big Brother, FamilyMom wanted a few photos of this big-brother-to-be. I just love his smile!
Ice Cream and Maternity Photos, Big Brother, FamilyThis was about the time that son (and maybe father, too) was done with photos. But mom had a trick up her sleeve. ICE CREAM! It may have been 9 in the morning, but no 2 year old that I know is going to turn down chocolate ice cream. Who cares if some silly lady is making me sit on a box and taking ice cream and maternity photos? And I love this series of images of mother and son with their ice cream.Ice Cream and Maternity Photos, Big Brother, FamilyIce Cream and Maternity Photos, Big Brother, FamilyIce Cream and Maternity Photos, Big Brother, FamilyIce Cream and Maternity Photos, Big Brother, FamilyIce Cream and Maternity Photos, Big Brother, Family

Thank you to this family for such a fun morning of ice cream and maternity photos. I can’t wait to meet your upcoming arrival!


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Low Light Photo Tip for Capturing beautiful Backlight

Today’s lesson is a low light photo tip for capturing beautiful backlight. With the days getting shorter I thought I would do a series of photo tips for low light. I’m a huge fan of natural light. It’s basically the only type of light I shoot in. Yet the other night Derek and Milo were working on Milo’s very first school project. This was a milestone I had to capture, natural light or not.

When Milo proudly showed me his finished project, I noticed how he was beautifully lit from behind, creating a glow around him. It was like the sunlight was pouring in from a window behind him. Except it was pitch black outside! So how did I create such beautiful backlighting? It wasn’t using any fancy studio lights. In fact, I’m sure you all have what I used. A table lamp. Yes, I will say it again. I used a table lamp!

Set Up: Chose an area free from clutter (or do a quick pick up) and turn off all of the overhead lights. Grab a table lamp and set it level to your subject. In this case, it is on the floor since Milo was sitting on the floor. Take off the lampshade. I had one other lamp on that was across the room (lampshade was on) to give me more light, without harsh shadows of the overhead light.

Camera Settings: Turn off your flash and set your camera to Aperture Priority Mode (or AV). Select an ISO of 1600 or higher to allow the most sensitivity to light. Next select an aperture of f/2.0 or lower to allow in more light and help create that blurry background we so very much love! Since you’re in Aperture Priority Mode, your camera will select a shutter speed based on your lighting conditions. Should you be shooting in manual (yay, you!) choose a slower shutter speed to also allow in light, but not too slow that you can only see motion blur!

Compose: Place your subject between the lamp and yourself creating the beautiful backlight. You can play around with shooting vertically or horizontally depending on the moment you are trying to capture. I chose to go horizontally since the project Milo was showing me was also horizontal and to allow the light to fill the left side of the image. You can also try moving your angle to your subject, playing with the amount of light you’re letting into your lens (just like you would if it were the sunshine)!

Low light photo tips for capturing beautiful backlight

ISO 2500, Aperture f/2.0, Shutter Speed 1/100

After you’ve taken the image, like the one above, try changing it to black and white in post processing. Although I still love this image in color to really show off his project, I do love the how much the light shows in the black and white image!


Now it’s your turn. Have some fun with a lamp and these low light photo tips for capturing beautiful backlight.

Stay tuned as I talk about more low light photo tips to capture our kids during the darker days. If the basics of your camera are hindering your creativity and your ability to capture your kids, consider taking my Photography Workshop for Moms. There’s still spots left in the last workshop in 2014, Saturday, November 8th!


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