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Canon Canada #BabyMoments Pt. 2

Just so ya know: This post was created in partnership with Canon Camera. 

I’ve been having so much fun playing with Little Magician and my Canon Rebel SL1!  I’ve also been loving the updated Baby Moments Facebook app – revamped this week with tons more baby picture-takin’ fun!

Our photo shoot continued with some great shots using tips from Stephanie Robin – the award-winning baby photographer who assisted with the creation of the app:

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Airborne: Grandma helped me out with this shot, hoisting LM up for an aerial shot. Make sure you have a toy on hand or you sing a song to keep baby’s eyes on yours for a great picture.

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Sleeping: A simple shot, but get different views by taking it from different angles and playing with the camera settings.

I’ve been addicted to the Canon SL1 since I received it. Discovering menu settings for creative filters like black & white and fish eye views have given me bang for my photo buck. I’ve been able to toss my camera in my purse and head out for the day, capturing great shots on the go.  I learn a new skill or trick every time I shoot with it, and can’t wait to see what other special moments I’m able to document! Speaking of special moments, I took some photos during LM’s first snow day! Here’s a shot:

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She was so confused by the snowflakes falling on her face – adorable!

The Baby Moments app added some cool features – you can now create personalized magazine covers with your little one, and also make beautiful birth announcement posters! Check out my little ‘Famous Baby’:

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Some photography tips I’ve learned:

  • Lighting is everything. Adjust your positioning around your light source and see how bright/shadowy your photos come out.
  • Toys are a photoshoot savior! Have them to keep your baby focused, or let them play and get some cute candids.
  • Get in and get out. I’m not sure about your little one, but LM isn’t a fan of doing any one thing for too long. Keep it fun and fresh, but keep your photoshoots short.

If you have a baby or know a baby, definitely check out Canon’s Baby Moments Facebook app – from the novice to the photography expert, you’ll find something there to help you create beautiful and fun photos of the special little human.

Now – what you all have been waiting for: the winner of the Selphy CP900 Wireless Compact Photo printer! There were so many great comments on last week’s post and lots of people chiming in on Twitter. It was a tough decision, but congrats to Sophia Campbell-Johnson! Please email me at bee[at]thebrownsugamama[dot]com to discuss details!

Thanks again to everyone who entered, and thank you to Canon Canada for the #BabyMoments fun!

Bee Quammie

Big hair+mouth. Word lover. Award-winning blogger. Freelance writer. Media commentator. Wife/mama/daughter/sister/friend. Dancehall Queen for life.

Capturing #BabyMoments With The Help Of Canon Canada [+ Giveaway!]

Just so ya know: This post was created in partnership with Canon Camera. 

Photo taken with the Canon SL1
Photo taken with the Canon SL1

If you’re ever lucky enough to pay a visit to my Mom’s house, it’s an inevitable fact that at some point in your stay, she’ll pull out a photo album and start sharing pics of yours truly – the good, the bad, and the ugly. While I loved being her photography muse, I never really understood the joys of snapping a zillion pics of one sole subject until my Little Magician came along. With the help of my trusty iPhone and Instagram filters, I’ve been able to capture some pretty cute shots – but thanks to the good folks at Canon Canada, LM and I are taking our photo sessions up a notch!

I recently received the new Canon SL1 camera kit (complete with 40mm and 18-55mm lenses and other goodies) and was introduced to Baby Moments – Canon’s new Facebook app. Created with the assistance of Stephanie Robin – an award-winning baby photographer – Baby Moments offers awesome photography tips to help you capture your baby in the best light! Dividing baby’s first year into quarters, Baby Moments gives you a variety of pose options and clear, simple steps to help you get professional-looking pics of your little one.

Could the SL1 really make this self-professed smartphone addict choose it over the instant gratification of my trusty iPhone? In short, YES.

The SL1 is a compact and common-sense camera – I’ve played with other similar models and found them too bulky or too complex to really enjoy. It’s easy to toss into a bag and go, which I really like. I also love the numerous shot settings, touch screen capabilities, and guidebooks that came with the kit, which helped me to navigate the camera quite easily.

After tinkering around with the camera and choosing looks from Baby Moments (Little Magician straddled the 0-3 and 4-6 month categories), I had fun capturing some awesome shots:

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In Your Arms: LM and I (aka Puppy Baby and Afro Kitty) posed for a series of Hallowe’en shots and had photoshoot fun in between the handing out of candy.

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Tiny Details: This girl has hair. LOTS of hair. Her grandma went to town putting in cute little comb twists, and I had to catch a pic!

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Baby Portrait: Umm. She’s cute. I know all parents say that about their babies, but…she’s mad cute. Tummy time sessions often end in tears, but this time it ended like this!

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Favourite Toy: Sophie the Giraffe is the Beyonce of LM’s world. Seriously – she cannot get enough.

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Big Smile: When her belly is full, her diaper is clean, and her nap has been had, Little Magician has smiles and laughs for days.  I also took some quick video of her with the SL1 to capture her giggles – there’s absolutely nothing like that sound.

Now, I’m no professional and I’m still learning how to work my way around getting even better shots – but I’m loving the results with the SL1! My smartphone is awesome, but the quality of the Canon can’t be beat. There’s something I love about holding the camera in my hands, adjusting the lens, and capturing the essence of Little Magician in high resolution. If it’s true that we become our parents, I’m well on my way to becoming that mom who pulls out the photo album when LM’s friends come to visit.

Canon’s really done a great job with the specs of the SL1 and with the creation of the Baby Moments app, but they didn’t stop there! Digital copies of photos are wonderful, but there’s something to be said about the value of tangible copies of those memories. Canon has given me a Selphy CP910 Wireless Compact Photo printer to give away, and I’m so excited!

via Canon Canada
via Canon Canada

Simply put, the Selphy allows you to print beautiful photos from your smartphone or tablet (compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows RT mobile devices) wirelessly! Printing photos in the comfort of your own home – or anywhere, since the Selphy is so lightweight and compact – has never been easier!

To win the Selphy printer (open to readers in Canada and the U.S.):

1. Comment below and tell me why you want to win the Selphy

OR

2. Click to tweet this message: “#CanonCanada & @BeeSince83 are giving away a Selphy wireless photo printer! Visit thebrownsugamama.com for details! #BabyMoments”

Want a bonus entry? Comment AND tweet!

I’ll announce the winner next week – good luck!

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Bee Quammie

Big hair+mouth. Word lover. Award-winning blogger. Freelance writer. Media commentator. Wife/mama/daughter/sister/friend. Dancehall Queen for life.