Tavia Redburn: Oklahoma Birth Photographer » Birth & Newborn Photography in Oklahoma City, Yukon, Mustang, Moore, Norman and Edmond Oklahoma

My love of photography started with the birth of my first son. I thought buying a “professional” camera would give me professional looking pictures. I quickly learned that wasn’t happening! Here are a few tricks and tips I have learned along the way that help me get better pictures of my kids (with or without the professional camera).



1.  Turn off your flash

Using your on-camera flash does not provide the most flattering light. It’s typically straight on, very bright and causes harsh and awkward shadows.

See my poor baby Cooper, blinded by the light?



2. Find the light

You have to have light to get great pictures! If you don’t have a flash, where will you get your light? I encourage you to get outside or get to a window. The best time to shoot outside is right before sunset or right after the sunrise. There is a LOT to write about lighting, but I’ll keep it pretty simple here. When you go outside, try to get your little ones in some shade to keep those harsh shadows off their face. If you’re inside, get to a window. Most people have their dining room table near large windows, so that is a great place to start. Turning off your flash and finding natural light will dramatically help the look of your images.



3. Get natural smiles

This can be tough when photographing your own children. Saying, “look at me and smile!” usually results in this:

or this (the infamous “cheese” smile):

With babies, I like to make silly sounds or use a squeaky toy. Get your spouse to dance and act crazy behind you. With toddlers and older children I like to play reverse psychology. Telling my oldest “DO NOT look at me. STOP looking at me. What are you DOING?!” got me these:

Also, to get them to look into the camera, I will tell him spiderman/batman/buzz sometimes hides in my camera. Look closely, do you see him!?

I didn’t say this was a piece on great parenting, ok ? If all else fails – bribery!:)



4. Vary your perspective

Try to think outside the box a little bit. Get down on the ground or stand up on a chair. Stand behind them and call their name to get them looking over their shoulder at you. Shoot the details (their foot kicking the ball, their hand writing the chalk, their arm around their sibling…) or shoot a wide shot of everything in the room. Sit on the grass and have your kids run toward you. The possibilities are endless!



5. Keep practicing!

If I have learned ONE thing about photography, it is to practice, practice, practice! The more you shoot the better you will get.

I hope you have learned a little something. Have fun!

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I am now booking Mother’s Day mini sessions. This versatile mini can be purchased for someone looking to…

…. buy for mom! What grandparent doesn’t want new pictures of their kids and grandkids?

…. buy for your wife! Get portraits of dad and the kids for mom to proudly display in her office, in her wallet or on her walls.

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You know those adorable pregnant women you see and think, “I wish I looked like that pregnant!” Well, Lauren is definitely one of those ladies. She looked absolutely beautiful at our session (35 weeks pregnant, mind you)! These 2 were total naturals, and it translated wonderfully in these images. I can’t wait for their new bundle’s newborn session in April! Enjoy:)

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Last month I participated in FatMumSlim’s February photo a day challenge on Instagram. I pretty much fail every “take a picture a day” challenge I start, so I’m excited to have finished this one (minus a few days)! I played by taking pictures with my iPhone and using Instagram. I may not always tote around my DSLR, but I always have my phone! Feel free to play along this month. You can do like I did and play with Instagram (find me and I’ll follow you! My name is philsbride). Or you can use your camera, upload to Facebook, Twitter, your blog, etc. If you use it on Twitter or Instagram use the hashtag #marchphotoaday

And now, here is a collage of my photos from the February Photo a Day challenge!

Please leave a comment below if you are going to play!

The weather has been beautiful in Oklahoma City this winter. We have had very few freezing temperatures and typically reach a high of 55-60 most days. The date we booked the session with Paul and Joanna was the COLDEST day of this winter so far, the high was in the 30’s. Thankfully, they were willing to go outdoors and tough it out! We got some great outdoor shots. There was also a beautiful indoor garden we were able to take advantage of. I just love this couple and I’m so excited for them to welcome their first daughter in April! It was hard for me to pick only a few favorites from this session.