Photographing toddlers/babies is hard to do

Pamela’s blanket test knitting process is nearly complete but I’ve been having issues getting good photographs with my model, Pamela, and the blanket. An 18 month old just isn’t into posing and waiting patiently for me to take just the right photograph. On three occasions photo shoots were attempted and only on the 3rd attempt were the pictures decent. I’m a bit mad at myself because I kept thinking the pictures looked a bit blurry but never took the time to check my camera settings. Finally after a successful photo shoot, I had the shots but still this blurriness and so checked my camera. It turned out that I had it on MF rather than AF. I have no idea what MF or AF means but I do know that AF gives you a sharper picture. Some of the pictures came out OK though. Sadly my favorite ones came out blurry so I probably won’t be able to use them and I don’t think I could subject Pamela to yet another shoot. That might just be child abuse.

Here are what I consider the best of the batch. Feel free to comment on which you think would make the best cover photo for the pattern. I plan to include some shots of Pamela plus blanket plus some shots of the blanket alone so that more detail of the blanket can be shown.

1. I quite like this shot though it looks like I’m advertising chapstick in addition to the blanket🙂.
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2. I quite like this one as well though I wish she were looking at the camera and the photo was a bit sharper.
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3. I really like this photo. I’m not quite sure why but it just seems to be a great shot of a baby and her blanket.
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4. Great shot of Pamela but blanket comes out quite blurry.
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5. Another excellent Pamela shot but not so great blanket shot.
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6. This picture is just sweet.
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7. Pamela was then put down for a nap and while the shoot was easy, the lighting wasn’t ideal.
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8. Detail picture 1.
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9. Detail picture 2.
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10. Previously posted but I thought I’d include this one as well. I like the warm tones here and maybe could crop the photo a bit.
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11. Just a shot of full blanket.
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I’d love to hear some critique on these photos: which are best, should photos be cropped, are all these crap and I should try another photo session…

4 Comments

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4 responses to “Photographing toddlers/babies is hard to do

  1. amgoth2000

    Love all of the pics🙂 If I have to pick some favorites hmmm I guess: 7, 8, 10 and 11 (but it was VERY hard to pick a few, your model is a beauty and she made it even harder to pick just a few favorites). The ones I picked were the ones where I thought the blanket came out the best (otherwise I’d pick all of the pics heh).

  2. Thanks! Pamela is a beautiful little girl; I wish the pictures were a bit less blurry. Maybe if she comes by again tomorrow I might try one more photo shoot…

  3. Silly! MF means manual, AF means automatic. So if you have it in MF, you have to focus it yourself.

    That is a really lovely blanket. I say, get the cute little one back for more photo-shoot fun.

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