Take Your Own Professional Portrait Photos!

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If you have a camera, you can save lots of money by taking your own portraits. Here's one of my son when he turned 6 months. We didn't have the money to get professional photos taken, so I did my own session! This particular photo looked better black and white (a quick fix with Photoshop).

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For his next photo shoot, I'm going to play around with different backdrops or just go outside! The trick is to take a LOT of photos to get that one perfect shot. Try different angles (this one is from above) and work with the child's personality to get a smile or look to capture. Good luck!

By Carrie from Yakima, WA

January 8, 20070 found this helpful

A professional portrait studio absolutely could not have done a better job!

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January 8, 20070 found this helpful

Carrie you take great photos! What kind of camera do you use? I really like the b/w. I just started doing my own photos too.

Jennifer CA

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January 8, 20070 found this helpful

What a nice photo, you did a great job .

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January 8, 20070 found this helpful

Wow what a cute baby....great job! try outdoors and as you said lots of pix......cropping on the computer makes even ordinary photos look so much more well done. I took my daughter to a rustic park on a fall day and did her "sweet 16" photos....cropped and enlarged and framed the best and no-one knew they were home done......just bask in the compliments!

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January 8, 20070 found this helpful

Great photo! I have had fun taking shots of my grandson, also. Don't forget props. Something as simple as a bag of cotton filling for pillows can make interesting effects.

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January 8, 20070 found this helpful

Another one using pillow filling.

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January 10, 20070 found this helpful

I love getting creative w/ props as well but for this first Christmas picture I wanted something simple and not to busy. This cute little outfit I got through Avon, of all places, was so adorable! I draped our bed in one of our dark solid colored blankets/comforter so the outfit would pop out in the picture. Even though I got her pic profesionally done that year this was the pic I decided to use for our x-mas cards.

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January 10, 20070 found this helpful

I love your portrait, and your wonderfull babyboy! He is so cute!!!

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January 14, 20070 found this helpful

Love the pictures. I still say there is something to be said for just plain simple black and white photos.

Thanks to everyone so much for sharing.

Tonya

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November 19, 20080 found this helpful

I was quoted $180 for my son's one year photos. I came across this site and it inspired me to try and do them myself. Here's one of them. Later today I'm going to dress him up in a nice outfit for round two of the photoshoot!

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March 21, 20120 found this helpful

This is strange but try as I might, I cannot see the black & white photo of the baby. The only picture I see by that post is a Google ad for Professional Portraits.

Editor's Note: The photo is now visible.

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March 21, 20120 found this helpful

Your baby is adorable and the photo is fantastic. I love those casual shots much more than obviously staged photos. Thank you for sharing!

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