MostToday, I’d like to share the work of Miranda of M. Shanti Photo with you all. Based in Long Beach, California, Miranda is our family photographer and I love her calm and soothing aesthetic. Her photos breathe serenity to me, and her calming and carefree nature always helps to set us at ease — no matter how nervous I am, or how wild the kids are. I wanted to pick her brain a bit to find out just how she’s able to capture a sense of fun and ease in her photos, and how you can too.
Where is your favorite area to take family photos in the home?
"Finding the best light in the house is important for taking photos inside, as you generally don’t want to use the flash, particularly with babies. Assuming there is enough light, the parents' bed is my favorite place. The family can all pile on and get cozy and comfortable." All photos courtesy of M. Shanti Photo
What type of background do you like working with? Solid spaces, or pattern and color?
"For babies, I think keeping to a simple background is nice; that way the baby really stands out. Mixing in textures from blankets or hats is a nice way to add detail to the photo without it being distracting." All photos courtesy of M. Shanti Photo
What would you tell parents hoping to get nice pictures of their little ones indoors?
"When taking photos inside, go near a window or open door try to get the babies and kids to look toward the natural light source so you catch some gorgeous light in their eyes or highlighting their face. Try to make it as fun and stress free as possible." All photos courtesy of M. Shanti Photo
Any tips for keeping a baby's attention during a shoot?
"This can be a tricky one, as different tricks work with different kids. I’ve put stuffed animals on my head, used potty humor, made silly faces behind the camera, and asked them questions about their favorite toys, shows or activities. I try to stay relaxed and calm to let the parents relax and let it be my job to get the kids interested in the photo shoot." All photos courtesy of M. Shanti Photo
How do you keep the session safe, yet carefree?
"I really try to engage with the toddlers and explain what we are doing, show them the camera and what some of the photos look like. Sometimes having Dad be playful with a toddler while mom holds and soothes baby is a fun way to capture family moments." All photos courtesy of M. Shanti Photo
What's the best time for a photo shoot?
As a photographer, scheduling a shoot around the best light is extremely important, but finding a time when the kids are going to be in the best mood is just as important." All photos courtesy of M. Shanti Photo
What are some of the best ways to capture smiles?
"Preparing them ahead of time is always a good idea with the older ones – giving them the job of being the big kid in the photos and the responsibility of setting a good example for the littler kids.
Sometimes it is good to just let them be kids and try for the less posed more playful photos, these can lead to more natural smiles as well." All photos courtesy of M. Shanti Photo
Thank you so much Miranda for sharing some of your experience and wisdom with us! I’m sure your tips and advice will help many parents capture lovely photos of their babies at home! All photos courtesy of M. Shanti Photo