Have you ever wanted to capture magical pictures of your child without spending hundreds of dollars on a professional photographer? Have you ever wanted prettier portrait photos of yourself at a moment when you felt your best?
Like many parents I began taking photos of my kids with my new “big girl” camera, Canon Rebel T4i. The problem was I wasn’t using it to its full potential. I only used it in automatic mode and I wasn’t achieving the photo I was craving for. I took matters into my own hands and took a one day beginner’s photography workshop with fine art photographer Caroline Tran. From there on I watched different photography tutorials on youtube and other sites to gain more knowledge. But most importantly I practiced. I practiced almost everyday. I guess what? My fellow mommy tribe started asking me to give them tutorials on how to take dreamy images of their children!
If you’re a mother who wants to take better photos of her children or are a beginning photographer wanting to invest in a new camera, this post is for you!
1. Best DSLR for moms and beginner photographers
For moms and beginning photographers, I’d recommend the Canon Rebel T6. This is the camera I use for all my photos for the past 5 years. It’s a great option for anyone who wants to learn how to shoot with a DSLR without spending too much money. This is an entry level DSLR that is more compact than the professional ones but still take excellent photos.
2. Best lenses for beginners
If I were to invest in two lenses, I would choose one zoom lens and one prime lens. Zoom lenses zoom in and out of course, and prime lenses only have one focal length. Zoom lenses are a must for moms, because kids move around a lot and you may miss a lot of shots without the zoom feature. However, I personally prefer the prime lens because the photo quality is usually better. You also get the nice bokeh (blurred background) effect more easily with a prime lens.
For an affordable zoom lens, I’d recommend the Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS STM. For a great prime lens, go for the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 USM, which is great for kids’ portraits (gives that creamy blurred background photographers call Bokeh).
3. Splurge lenses
If you’re willing to splurge and want to take your photos to the next level of crispness and beauty then I suggest the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Wide Angle Lens and the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens.
There’s nothing worse than trying to take photos and realize you don’t have enough space in your memory card. This affordable memory card by Sandisc is low cost andhas tons of storage pace for travel and events.
I always tell other moms to take more pictures of themselves with their little ones. Aside from the good ‘ol selfie I highly recommend a flexible tripod. It can sit on a nearby table, be wrapped around a door handle (been there and done that) and you can adjust the height with the flexible arms. It’s small and can fit in your purse which is perfect!
Love this camera bag for its femininity, stylish look but best of all size and durability.
This strap won’t irritate your neck or fall of of you. It’s made out of high quality canvas and leather. The best part is you can have it monogrammed!
I hope this gives you a good starting guide to your photography journey. If you haven’t already, I’m doing a giveaway on my instagram page for a one on one photography tutorial. Follow me and sign up!