Self-Portraits with a Thirteen Month Old Baby

At that photography conference I recently went to, I was challenged over and over to do more self-portraits, get myself into my Instagram feed, and preserve memories for my kids that show me as a mom in action. So much more easily said than done. Kyle takes my picture sometimes, of course, but the trajectory of our every day doesn’t find us with sunlight + photo-ready kids + dad with two empty hands very often. To be fair, he hasn’t had a lot of pictures with the kids lately either. The Morgans have been in survival mode.

So, yesterday when I was faced with an abnormally cranky baby who would not let me put him down, I ended up turning his clinginess into a mini-photo session. The pictures aren’t the greatest (I can’t quite get the hang of taking shots with a remote) but I helped them along in Photoshop and at the end of the day it is still nice to have captured the mood even if I didn’t perfectly capture the moment.

Tech used (Amazon affiliate links): Canon digital SLR camera (Rebel XTi),  Canon remote for digital SLR camera, camera tripod (I don’t like mine very much so I’m not recommending it. I do recommend that you test drive them if you can before you commit.)

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  • Reply Victoria Shingleton

    I love the last one where he’s looking at the camera! What a great photo!

    Were you using autofocus? It looks like the camera decided to focus on the window and wall, rather than you and Calvin. Instead of choosing autofocus, you might opt to put an object about where you’re going to be and manually focusing (or autofocus, then switch to manual to maintain it) the camera on that. That can also help with getting the exposure right.

    You did a good job post-processing. I like the dreamy, vintage look. It really tells a story!

    September 18, 2014 at 2:23 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      That’s a great tip, Victoria! I was using autofocus without thinking about it, but focusing in on a stuffed animal and then swapping it out would have been better. I love that first photo because he has a cute expression but it’s quite distracting how blurry we are.

      September 18, 2014 at 2:25 pm
  • Reply Hope at Disneyland

    what a nice way to spend some time together. I like that you took some regular pictures since I think most if not all of my family pictures are posed.

    September 18, 2014 at 3:55 pm
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