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I made one of these for my oldest when he was a baby and have been having way too much fun making one for baby blue No. 2.

The great news is, you can easily make one for your child too and it only takes about 20 minutes! Whether they are a baby, toddler, or 5 year old going on mini teenager, this is a truly sweet way of capturing your child’s expressions to see and compare as they grow! Just read below for a few helpful tips!

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First, start off having your baby or child sitting down. Have a look around for a good place that is accessible with lot’s of natural light if you can as using a flash can be both distracting and sometimes flatten your image.

If your baby is not sitting up on their own yet, you may need another person to help by holding them. High chairs will do the trick and for toddlers that like to be on the run, sitting on the edge of a table or counter top is also a good way. You may also want to have another parent or person on stand by for photographing on the table just incase they get carried away and loose their balance, or are training to be a base cliff diver.

 

Next, you are going to want to try and get on their level. This helps to keep their eye contact and unleash the magic of those captivating eyes, smiles, and all the silly faces in between. Save your back, and pull up a chair.

You are of course going to need your handy dandy camera. It can be a DSLR, SLR, simple digital camera, even your phone will work! Make sure you have plenty of space and battery. You DO NOT want to miss out on some of those adorable expressions!

 

Now it’s time to converse with your child. Tell a story, ask them questions, or talk about something, happy, spooky, silly, sad, sweet, or dreamy. Make sure you are expressive in your talking too because they will naturally mimic your facial expressions. And just in case all else fails, have their favorite toy on hand. You can ask them questions about it, balance it on top of your head, or play peek-a-boo and tickle tickle with it.

All the while talking, remember you’re on the hunt to capture those unique expressions of your child, so get shooting. It can be a bit of a juggling act so it’s good to plan every thing above ahead of time to make things run smooth and easy.

 

After you’ve snapped 30 photos it’s time to sort through them. Pick out your favorite 9 or 12, or 30 (because let’s face it, your kid really is that stinking cute!). You can use photoshop, gimp, or even a free downloaded picture collage ap on your phone to create the collage.

Next you’re going to mix your favorites up. This helps the viewer’s eye to really take in each separate expression and see the differences in expressions rather then to just glance through.

I personally like to add a black and white filter as I find it to be more iconic and it reminds me a bit of the old fashioned photo booths but that’s just my personal tastes.

And lastly print that baby out! You’re going to want to share this with your friends and family, or start your own little collage book and do one each year until they are 15 or 20. It will be fun to look back and see how much they’ve changed but are also still in essence the very same expressive little person you know and love!

 

Wishing you Happy hunting and capturing!

Did you make your own iconic collage? I’d love to see! Share it in this facebook post’s comments, tag @Melody Rae Photography, or hash tag #Melody_Rae on twitter!

 

 

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