How I take self portraits with my baby using my iphone

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed an increased number of self portraits with my wriggly worm of a baby in my gallery. For years, I have been extremely envious of bloggers and friends who either have a willing friend/partner/spouse who takes incredible photos of them, or who have worked out some clever way to take self portraits. I am stoked to have finally devised a simple way to do so with my iphone that would like to share with you today!
Apart from an iphone, you'll also need:

Tripod (I use the Joby Gorillapod)
Fastcamera app

Method:

1. Set up tripod and phone in a spot with lots of natural light.

2. Using the Fastcamera app, set timer at an interval that suits; I usually go for 5 seconds.

3. Hit "Start" and move in front of camera. Once the timer interval is up, the app will take dozens of photos in seconds and capture those precious moments that otherwise might escape your camera.

4. When you're done (usually after a minute or two for me), hit "Stop" and then "Review", and then pick the best of the lot to save to camera roll.

5. Edit image. I use Snapseed to crop, adjust brightness/contrast/saturation as needed. Or add filters, whatever you tickles your fancy.

Tips:

-  Keep photography rules in mind, such as rule of thirds, trying different perspective, removing clutter and so on. I found this guide which was sent to me and created by PhotoBox to be particularly handy.

- I find the best photos are the ones that are not posed.  I like to tickle bub and have a giggle with him. Sometimes we dance, sing, twirl, jump or just have a quiet moment together so the photos will turn out natural.
-  The above works extremely well for furbabies and other reluctant models (ie. husbands) too.

Happy clicking!

32 Responses to How I take self portraits with my baby using my iphone

Danica Pardini said...

So cute! I would have never thought a phone could be used with a tripod. Amazing how great these phones are taking pictures these days.
Great tips!

MaysaAndSunshine said...

How cute are these pics. I love the idea of doing selfie because sometimes it is more difficult to get the husband to take photos. I get the eye rolling reaction so okay I will do it myself.

Jane said...

i have the gorillapod too! i haven't used it as much but i hope to now in our new space. i love love that black and white photo! such a lovely shot :)

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

This technique is obviously working very well for you :) That last pic is gorgeous!

Rowena @ rolala loves

Natalie G said...

These are great pictures :)

Ananka said...

These are great photos.

I really like the last one :-D

Sonia De Macedo said...

Great advice. I use a timer thing on my iPhone but it only shots one at a time, so I have to constantly go back and adjust the timer again and again. Will try out this app though, sounds right up my alley because (and you're totally on the mark) the best shots are the ones caught between actions!

Sxx
www.daringcoco.com

Jessica said...

I love the pictures! Adorable! Those apps sound amazing!

Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

azurachan said...

Now the secrets revealed! �� All this while I thought you are going to photoshoot studio. Nice job! ��

Tina Bradley said...

Gorgeous pics! Isn't it great to live in a time of such advanced technology? When my little boys were babies, we had to develop film which always took at least a few days to do. Happy weekend! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

Tamara F said...

Motherhood looks really good on you! Lovely photos and thank you for sharing your tips and tricks :)
Tamara

Michelle {Jarrah Jungle} said...

I saw some girls using one of those selfie sticks in the middle of the shopping mall the other day and wondered how they clicked the button, must have been on a timer!
Love the black and white one I hope youre going to frame it :)

My Garden Diaries said...

Now this is genius!!!!!! I need to try this like tomorrow! I would love to get some out in the garden with the beans but don't have an extra "camera man" around to get shots! Thank you so much for sharing friend and that last photo is gorgeous! Happy weekend to you! Nicole xoxo Pinning!

burntfeather said...

this is neat - definitely bookmarking this when I get around to getting a fancy phone :) I imagine it could be useful for lots of different occasions too!

Emily Tang said...

great tips ^^
MY-Emily

kidgranny said...

Brilliant! Thank you for the tips!

monique said...

Sounds like a great technique! I love the photos you posted with this post! Your child is adorable!

OtherMix said...

I really like the last one :]

Sharon D said...

Oooo..lovely photos and thank you for the tips! Will definitely be checking the fastcamera app out ;)

orchid Miyako said...

Wonderful tips, Trishie;
I LOVED to see you and loving baby with your beautiful pictures, looking so adorable and happy♡♡♡

Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*

Kati said...

Thanks for your lovely words on my last post!
These are so adorable!

Have a great day,
-Kati

Meg Kernaghan said...

This is so handy! I have always wondered if there was a way to set a timer on the iPhone, thank you for the instructions :D

Kimmie said...

Such a cutie pie.

Rose said...

Thanks for the tips, Trishie. I am having problem taking selfie with my baby. He just could not stay still and co-operate. Lol!

Beauty Box said...

Thanks for tips! You always amaze me with your lovely photos taken with just your iphone ;)

Enara Girl said...

They are amazing pictures! xoxo
I don't have iphone that is the problem.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Trishie,

Sweet photos of you both - thanks for sharing the great tips.

hugs
Carolyn

Kelsea Echo said...

You are brilliant! And WOW, amazing pics of you two!

Rigel Barry said...

what a great post. I have endless photos of my kids and my husband with the kids, but not many with me because I'm always behind the camera. I'm going to give this a go for sure!

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Trishie, what a fun idea for a post and I must say that the black and white pic of your baby and you is outstanding - what a treasure of a picture!
And thank you for sharing all those helpful tricks and advice!

Poppy said...

You are such an innovate thinker, Trishie! Beautiful photos, my friend, of both you and your darling baby boy! Thanks for sharing them with us!

Poppy

JeannLiew | Luminnej said...

This is such an interesting post! Perhaps I shall give this a try~