How to take a great photo of your kid

If before we had Oliver you told me that it would be hard to take a great photo of a 4 month old, I am not sure I would have believed you. How hard can it be. You create the scene, put Oliver in the shot and fire a couple of shots. Done.

But, it just isn’t that easy.

Both Tanya and I have tried countless times to capture the moment with a happy Oliver. Typically

  • You get a great photo of Oliver, but everything else in the shot is horrible
  • You get a nicely composed photo, but you missed the smile
  • You capture the moment, the scene was perfect, but that lighting was so horrible that your ISO was set at 3200 and your shutter speed was so slow that everything is blury

Steps for great shots

I have figured it out, not that it is easy or reproducible, but here are the steps to taking a great shot of your kid:

  1. Make sure the child is in a good mood, not hungry, but happy and ready to play
  2. Make sure you have good lighting
  3. Setup the photo so that the main focus is on the child in front of a non-distracting background
  4. Set your camera to continuous shot (takes a shot ever 1/2 second or so)
  5. Get the child excited about the toy
  6. Take as many shots as you can

Like I said, I have tried this a number of times, and you don’t usually end up with too many great shots. For me, the biggest problem is dealing with light. Maybe I will have to wait for summer and take more shots outside.

Oliver, post surgery

Oliver’s hernia surgery went well. The whole process took about an hour, but the surgen wanted to monitor him overnight in the hospital. He (and Tanya) spend the night at the PICU (Paediatrics Intensive Care Unit) for monitoring reasons. There were no hiccups or issues and now Oliver is back at home with us.

Normal smiley self

Oliver is back to his smiley happy self. We do notice when his Tylenol wears off, but other than that, he is back to himself.

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Oliver goes for surgery

We awoke earlier than normal today to get ready for Oliver’s surgery. We had to give him a bath before before his admittance to the hospital and he wasn’t allowed to eat for 4 hours before the operation.

Last night was a bit of a restless night, partially due to the anxiety of today’s event, partly due to Tanya’s dark chocolate with toasted almond macaroon tart. Eating this great dessert at 10pm isn’t going to guarantee a good nights rest, but it does give the mind a little bit of a rest (and it tastes good too).


I couldn’t not mention the pink hospital gown. There isn’t a huge selection of hospital gowns that fit an 11 pound baby (in fact there were none). The smallest gown was pink so that I what Oliver will get for the surgery.

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An update

An update

Oliver continues to grow and is really starting to pack on the pounds. We are amazed how different he looks now compared to the some of the images of when he was first born. He is over 11 pounds and is continuing to develop.

Oliver is also sleeping longer periods at night, which means we both can get more sleep (which is good news for everyone). Oliver has also started to smile and interact with us more and more. He becoming a real treat to have around, able to lift our spirits instantly, whether it is just after work or at 3am.


This week Oliver will be having surgery. He was born with hernia and the doctors wanted to wait until he was at least 10 pounds before he had surgery. Hernias are somewhat common with premies, and we have known about this for months. Although you never want to your child to have surgery, a hernia is actually a significant risk for a baby and is not something you want to leave. We are relieved that this surgery is happening this week.

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Our little man

It is amazing how cute kids look when you put in adult style clothes.

No posts for a while

If you have been following this blog, you will notice that I haven’t posted a blog post for a while (past 2 months). It is amazing how life gets in the way of sharing life and I have been very busy as of late. I have made a new years resolution to post more blog posts in 2013, so this is the sign of things to come.