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Photographing my Daughter Using a Leica

One thing I have learned since becoming a mother is taking pictures of a baby is not easy! They are almost always going to come out blurry from movement.

the Photoshoot

Kelsey and I were sitting in Alaina’s nursery one afternoon, and the light coming in through the window was beautiful. I am always looking for good lighting, everywhere I go. I can’t resist it. So I ran and got my Leica M6 because it was already loaded with Kodak Portra 800. I wasn’t sure that I would be able to catch good shots because Lainey was moving a lot and the only light was coming from the window.

a photoshoot with an infant and a Leica
Alaina and Kelsey

the Colors of Kodak Portra 800

To my surprise, the photos came out really well! I am really loving the colors I get from Kodak Portra 800. I have noticed that the lower the ISO with Portra, say Portra 160, the colder the photos are with more blues. The higher the ISO, like these on Portra 800, the warmer they are with more reds.

a photoshoot with an infant and a Leica
Mommy giving Lainey a kiss

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a photoshoot with an infant and a Leica
Lainey’s eyes of wonder

the Strength of a Leica

Two factors that helped to get these photos was the accurate meter, and quick shutter of the Leica M6. Don’t get me wrong, I have several other cameras that have fast shutters at a fraction of the cost of a Leica. I am only saying that in this instance, the strengths of the Leica M6 really helped me get these shots. Having an accurate meter that is easy to read, coupled with a fast shutter, helps when needing to nail a shot quickly.

Final Thoughts

These are some of my favorite photos that I have taken of my daughter so far. I was excited to share them with you all, and I hope you enjoyed them. Some things to take away, if you are hoping to take photos of your future baby or existing infant on film: Have a camera with fast shutter speeds, film with a high ISO especially indoors, and a nice source of light.

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