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By Eliane Turgy

June 2nd, 2021




Nothing is more pure than the look of a child. And no need to specify that toddlers don't stay small for long; we must take advantage of each day that passes to freeze in time their delicate little faces, their first steps or the chaotic bath time.

The Right Equipment

For many parents-to-be, the purchase of a camera becomes a must before the birth of baby #1. It is possible to get by with a cell phone camera, especially with the latest ones that are more and more powerful, but nothing can replace the depth of field and the quality of a photo taken with the right camera and the right lens. Since the first years of a child's life are spent mainly in the house, it is a good idea to consider buying a fixed lens with a large aperture - f/1.8 for example. That way, even story time can be easily captured as this type of lens is very sensitive to light. I mainly use a 35mm or 50mm lens in the house.

 



Photo Enfants 1
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Nikon D750 + Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50 mm f/1.8G
1/400 s  |  f/1.8  |  ISO 2000

Photo Enfants 2
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Nikon D750 + Sigma 35 mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
1/250 s  |  f/1.8  |  ISO 3200

 

The Right Settings

Knowing the manual mode is an asset, but it is very easy to find your way in automatic or semi-automatic mode (Aperture or Speed) when you are a beginner. In the house, with a small subject that moves a lot, consider increasing the iso and your shutter speed if you don't want your subject to be blurry. 

Choose the brightest room depending on the time of day. I really like to photograph my kids on top of the bed in the master bedroom, in front of a southwest window. There is plenty of light there and the neutral, uncluttered room is ideal for nice, understated portraits. If the child is on the floor, remember to be on the same level as them. It's not uncommon for me to lie on my stomach to get a nice photo of baby starting to crawl!




Eliane Turgy
Nikon D750 + Sigma 35 mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
1/800 s  |  f/2.0  |  ISO 800


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Nikon D750 + Sigma 35 mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
1/500 s  |  f/2.0  |  ISO 800


Photo Enfants 5
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Nikon D750 + Sigma 35 mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
1/640s  |  f/1.8  |  ISO 64

 

The Right Timing

With children, the biggest mistake to make is to require them to be static and smile voluntarily. We all have the reflex to order this, and the result is often disappointing. Keep your child busy with a toy they love, enjoy a moment where they discover the texture of the grass in May or put them in their crib with music they love and talk to them, make them smile, make them laugh. The trick is to click a lot to finally get THE winning photo that will be spontaneous and natural... even if baby doesn't stare at the lens! Be patient and persistent. This requires a bit of sorting afterwards but guarantees a beautiful and natural result.

You can also enlist the help of your older child or spouse to get baby's attention. Ask him/her to stand behind you or beside you to dance or make the faces that are sure to bring a smile to the little one's face.

 

 

Photo Enfants 6
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Nikon D750 + Sigma 35 mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
1/500s  |  f/2.0  |  ISO 200

Photo Enfants 7
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Nikon D750 + Sigma 35 mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
1/1600s  |  f/2.0  |  ISO 160

Photo Enfants 8
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Nikon D750 + Sigma 35 mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
1/400s  |  f/2.0  |  ISO 2000

 Photo Enfants 9
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Nikon D750 + Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED (Focal Length : 24mm)
1/500s  |  f/2.8  |  ISO 500

Tell a Story

Don't wait for a special occasion like a party or a family gathering to get your camera out. Document the day-to-day life with your little ones, because as the years go by, we quickly forget all the little rituals that used to color them. Capture your child riding a tricycle, blowing bubbles at the park, trying to dress himself or taking a bite of bath foam. Discreetly photograph your siblings playing together in the living room or having a laugh at the dinner table. Take the time to immortalize your baby's pink feet, plump little hands or smile with new teeth.

 




Eliane Turgy
Nikon D750 + Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED (Focal Length : 24mm)
1/400s  |  f/2.8  |  ISO 160



Eliane Turgy
Nikon D750 + Sigma 35 mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
Vitesse 1/1250s  |  f/2.0  |  ISO 320


Eliane Turgy
Nikon D750 + Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED (Focal Length : 32mm)
1/250s  |  f/2.8  |  ISO 800


Eliane Turgy

Nikon D750 + Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED (Focal Length : 24mm)
1/500s  |  f/2.8  |  ISO 500

 

Make a Book With Your Photos

These photos are too precious to be sitting on your hard drive. Plus, kids love to revisit their memories, no matter how recent they are. The best way to revisit your little ones' early years is to make a photo book. Easy to handle, sturdy and fun to look at, it will make story time refreshing. I leave photo albums and books in plain view in my children's room; they are decorative and we never tire of flipping through them.

 

 


Eliane Turgy
Nikon D750 + Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED (Focal Length : 42mm)
1/160s  |  f/2.8  |  ISO 500


In conclusion, the important thing is to have fun, experiment, move around the child, seize every opportunity and take out your camera and take a lot of pictures in order to capture the winning photo. You and your children will have wonderful memories of the small and big events that punctuated this short period of childhood.