Bryson's 3 Year Photos

As many of you know, this year we bought a brand new camera. It's our first DSLR and I'm determined to figure out how use it on manual settings. I wanted some new photos of Bryson since turning 3 and figured I might as well do it myself. Part of it was me being frugal (if I can do it for free, why not?) and part of it was the opportunity to test out using our camera on manual.

The two most difficult parts that I struggled with in taking Bryson's photos were:

1- He's a very active boy. It was hard to get him to sit still. He was constantly wanting to flail his arms, stomp his feet or just go all out crazy.

2- Positioning him when he would sit still. I'm not good at posing. Probably because I've never really had to try it, but it looks like I've got some research to do in that area as well. 

The only thing I could think of when Bryson was posed sitting like this was he is such a big boy and it appears as if he is ready to go off to school!

I love close-ups. So much that I had to mentally make myself take a step back and capture more full body or stomach up photos. There is just something about capturing my children's cute little faces close up that makes me melt. He's such a handsome little boy!

I had to make sure that I had a variety of vertical and horizontal photos for different frames that are hanging in our home. One of these last two pictures will replace one of his 8x10's that hang in our repurposed door. I'm leaning towards the last one. 

Have you tried taking your own kid's photos? Do you have any tips or tricks for posing? 

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  1. He's a little cutie! The best poses happen about 3' or more from the backdrop so the child's face is in focus and the background is just that--in the background. You can also change your focus mode to manual instead of automatic to capture those quick little movements! And make sure your shutter speed is fast! (If you change your shutter speed, you'll have to adjust your ISO accordingly!) :)

    1. Thank you! I always tell my husband we're going to have girl trouble on our hands!

      Thank you so much for the tips! I will test those out. I've been shooting in manual mode and testing out what works in different lighting. It's definitely a learning curve! It's a fun one though. I enjoy taking photos of my kiddos.


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