If you’re anything like me, from the moment our babies are born, we are almost obsessed with capturing every moment and every milestone on camera so that we never forget and have beautiful memories to look back on.
For my kids, I took photos of everything from their first yawns and first outfits to their first baths and their first smiles. We started on our iPhone and small digital camera, but it wasn’t enough to capture the moments as perfectly as possible. We then invested in a Canon DSL camera, as well as pointers from our neighbour who had a background in photography. We had lots of fun taking pictures and we have so many amazing memories stored.
But when it comes down to it, those pictures that looked exactly how we wanted with the right facial expression, the right background, the right lighting and the right moment, were really just a fluke. There was no formula that we followed. Sometimes, we just got lucky. And when it came to family portraits, each year we relied on a professional photographer to capture those moments for posterity.
So when I recently found out about this awesome new FB App from Canon called Plan Your Baby Moments, at first I was all wistful because I wish it had been around when my kids were younger. But then I realized that I could share it with all of you so that you can perfectly capture all those important moments in your little one’s life all by yourself.
Basically what this app does is break it down by your child’s age and then it shows you exactly how to capture that important moment like the first smile, or their tiny feet, first steps, the first birthday cake and even special seasonal and holiday moments. The app shows you step by step, where to place your child, what props you need, how to set up the lighting, what setting your DSLR camera should be on and what angle you should shoot from.
Even though my kids are a little older, three and five, I have started using some of these tips now as well. I’ve tried taking photos by a large window and using a white sheet to help with the light. I also experimented with photos of the kids walking together and exploring and caught a fun brother sister moment as I took my son to school.
With the holiday season so close to us, I really want to try the photos with kids exploring Christmas trees. Even though we don’t celebrate Christmas in a traditional way, we do put up a tree to celebrate the holidays and I want to capture the excitement on their faces when we first light up the tree and this step-by-step guide is really going to make it simple & wonderful.
Now, all I need Canon to do is expand the app to older toddlers so I can continue getting tips on how to take fabulous pictures all on my own and make better use of my DSLR instead of just point, shoot and hope for the best. Anyone else do the same? Then you have to check out this app.
*This post was sponsored by Canon Canada. All thoughts and opinions are my own, as always. I only write about things that I truly love and enjoy and I thought this app was awesome!