Preparing for a Baby Photographically

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Many readers will know that at our place we’re planning the arrival of a new housemate – he’ll be showing up sometime in the next 5 weeks and although he’s a little guy seems to have sent a lot of ‘stuff’ ahead of him for us to fit in our little home.

Yes we’re expecting a baby – something I’m very excited about for many reasons. One of the lesser reasons is that I can’t wait to fire up my DSLR – I’m going to have myself a 24/7 subject to pose for me!

Like most proud parents I’m sure that there will be many many shots taken of our little one. I’ve even bought a new lens or two in preparation and have been brushing up on my Techniques for Photographing Babies – however a few days back I realized that all the baby ‘stuff’ that we’ve been buying in preparation for him is actually pretty photogenic in and of itself.

Little shoes, tiny socks hanging all in a row, soft toys, books (my partner is thinking ahead!) and all manner of other items present some wonderful opportunities for shots – many of which when you put them together make a great little series of photos. Here’s a few of the shots I took this afternoon.
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A few comments about the shots.

They were taken with a Get the latest price on the Canon EOS 20D DSLR coupled mainly with a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens and a Canon 430EX Speedlite Flash. I used the flash in bounce mode in most cases in order to decrease the harshness of the light and as you can see mainly focussed on close up shots.

I particularly loved the shoe shots and the sock ones (there’s something about their smallness that gets me every time) although next time would love to capture the shots outside on the line with some lovely blue sky behind them (a rare thing this time of year in Melbourne).

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Darren Rowse

is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals.

He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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