Me Ra Koh loves cameras, kids, and parents, and spends her life bringing them together. Her work and photo recipes have been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Nate Berkus Show, and Lifetime Television. You can find her at www.merakoh.com.
Thank you SO MUCH for all your wonderful Baby Mama entries! I loved seeing the different ways you implemented the Baby Mama Photo-Recipe - some of my favorite photo tips to not only help your baby shine, but mama too! Well check out these Baby Mamas! Boy, do they shine!
Our Contest Winner
In the first part of the BabyMama photo-recipe, I talked about the concept of Less is More. The challenge: how little of mom (you) can be in the photo while still having enough of your presence to communicate your adoration and love for your baby? Get in close, zoom in! Our winner took the Less is More concept and RAN WITH IT! I LOVE how tight we are on mom and babys faces, and yet nothing is left out. This zoomed in, close shot helps bring more attention to the expressions on the faces of both mom and baby. All that we need, the whole story, is right there. It simply grabs you and makes you smile! Wonderful job baby mama! Ive got to ask, did you take this shot yourself with a mirror, or did someone take it for you?! The expression on your babys face is priceless! Congratulations on being the winner for this contest!
Another tip in last months photo-recipe was called Half the Arm. Women dont like their whole arm to show in photos, no matter how fit or unfit they may be. One way to help mom shine is to frame out half her arm. This photo is a great example of that. I also love the tilt of moms head. Instead of mom looking straight down at baby, risking triple chins, she is looking at her baby from an angle. This slight tilt of the head is incredibly flattering! Try this the next time someone is taking a photo of you and the baby. Instead of looking straight down at your child, angle your gaze just a bit like this mama did! (To the mama, I LOVE that hat and smile! What a sweetheart!)
The third piece tip in the photo-recipe was something I call Block with Baby. If there is a part of you that you want to hide from the camera, use your baby to hide it for you. Im not sure if this is what thus Runner Up meant to do, but if so, she did a great job! Having your baby right in front of your tummy, whether you lay on your side or sit up like this mama, is another flattering set up. I also love this babys position in front of mama causes her to naturally lean toward her baby (AND the camera), which is even more slenderizing! Great job to this mama and the picture taker! (To the mama, your little guy is DARLING! Look at those EYES!)
There are so many lovely things about this photo! I LOVE all the colors, from the green carpet to the shade of green around the baby to mamas red hair, with the chocolate-brown shirt and pink mat underneath. Was this planned?! Its GORGEOUS! I also love how this photo is framed with the Less is More concept in mind. We dont see all of mom. Instead, we see just her from the collar bone up. Its enough to gather the story of her sheer joy and delight in being a mama. I also love that she isnt looking at the camera. Its as if we have a window into this joyful moment of time. Wonderful job to the picture taker! Ive got to ask, were you standing right above her with one foot on either side of her and shooting down? (To the mama, I cant imagine a better photo that tells the story of your joy. Just beautiful!)
Me Ra Koh