Have you seen those beautiful bedroom photo shoots where the natural light is just streaming in and the linens are white and fluffy? I love those types of photos and have been wanting to take some more candid shots of my kids lately in that type of set up. I have a huge window in my North-facing bedroom…….should be perfect, right? Alas, there is also a HUGE bush planted outside of said window that my husband just *loves* for the privacy it provides (insert frustrated face here), and it makes our lovely bedroom quite dark and dreary. But private! (LOL!)
So here is a little “How-to” on creating a mock bedroom setup anywhere in your home, even if your bedroom isn’t bright and beautiful! All you need is a large window (a sliding-glass door works best, because the light will hit all the way to the floor). Spread a blanket down on the ground next to the window. (I put a softer blanket underneath this to pad my hard tile floors). Add some pillows and that’s it. I used a plain cream backdrop, but you don’t have to. I just didn’t want my baseboard and kitchen window to be in the background. If you have a background with less distractions (like a plain wall), just prop some pillows up against the wall, and it will look like a bedroom wall with a bed pushed up to it. This next pic shows my setup. (By no means perfect here, as I was dealing with 2 kids who really didn’t feel like cooperating with me at the time.) You can see the shadowing on the right side of the pic. If you wanted to lessen that, you could use a reflector. Or you can simply reposition your blanket so that it is at a 45 degree angle to the window. This is what I ended up doing in most of my pics, although I forgot to take a photo of that revised set-up. What you don’t want to do is place your backdrop and blanket parallel to the window, with the light is coming in directly towards the subjects. Doing that will cause you to get flat, boring light with very little shadows, and I think a little bit of shadow enhances the natural element of these images.
Here are some example after pics: