Thursday, May 16, 2013

Baby Portrait Ideas - How to Take Beautiful Portraits of Your Children

One of the trends we see now in nursery design, are large black and white photos of baby displayed in the room over the crib. While nothing can substitute the quality of a professional lens, with a few simple tips it is possible to take beautiful black and white or color portraits of your family at home. Order enlarged prints at your local photo developer, and you will have a beautiful and inexpensive keepsake to hang on your wall. Following are some tips to help you take beautiful portraits.

Lighting is Key

In order to take a beautiful picture lighting is always the key. Soft, natural, indirect lighting will always give you the best results. Turn off your flash, which gives a flat look to your photos. Find a window with some indirect lighting and shoot away. This natural light will bring out all of the natural highlights and shadows on your subject's face.

Here is picture my husband took of our daughter holding her new brother. This photo was taken in our hospital room with her sitting on a bench by a window with indirect sunlight. I love the results, and it is photo I will always cherish of my sweet girl holding her little brother for the first time. No photo studio required!

Set Up Your Photo

Select a background. Some of the best portraits are set up with very simple backgrounds. This allows you to focus solely on your subject. To do this in your home, choose a plain background. One of my favorite techniques is to use a simple length of black velvet as a background. Grab a 40% off coupon  for your favorite fabric store and purchase a 3 yard length of black velvet.

Choose a location. Select a spot a few feet away from a window with lots of indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight will give you harsh shadows. Indirect sunlight is perfect for soft and natural highlights. Experiment by different windows and at different times of day to find the perfect spot for your portraits.

The next big question is what to wear. Don't stress! Most times you will find simple is best. A plain white t-shirt is often perfect. When my youngest son was born we had a lot of fun using these techniques. Here are a few of the photos that are my favorites from our at home photo shoot.

Finally, when taking your photo. Zoom in on you subject. Don't be afraid to get in so close that you crop off part of their head. This will allow you to capture all of the special details and expressions on your loved one's face.

Have Fun!

Sometimes the pressure to take the perfect picture can take all of the fun out the the process. For these pictures I took with my daughter, we used a the timer on my camera. We choose the fun daisies as a prop and to get her to smile naturally, I used the tickle technique! Guess what the results were? Most of the pictures were blurry because she was moving too much for a picture without flash. So, I used the flash for some of our photos. Not ideal, but still produced some of my favorite photos I have of us together.

My final tip, take a lot of pictures. Professional photographers always take lots of photos. We don't always get to see the not so perfect shots. If you take several photos, some of them are going to turn out beautifully.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Guitar Baby Bedding - Ideas for a Rockstar Nursery

Guitar Baby Bedding is perfect for a rockstar themed for baby boy's nursery. If you are looking for something unique for a baby boy, a rock and roll theme will be perfect for any music lover.

Guitar Baby Bedding

This adorable crib bedding set by designer Trend Lab will set up your little boy's nursery in rockin' style. The set combines a trendy plaid and a guitar splatter print with a soft brown ultra suede perfect for a baby boy. Embroidered appliques of guitars, musical notes and the word rockstar provide the finishing touches.

Ideas for your Guitar Nursery

  • Decorate one of the walls of your nursery with old records or cds. Multiple cds or records can make an interesting graphic statement on the wall.
  • Go to a local thrift shop or used instrument store and purchase a old guitar. Hang it on the wall of your nursery for a fun an interesting statement. Make sure to hang it out of the reach of your baby.
  • Paint the lyrics of a song on the wall. Choose something that is meaningful to you.
  • Frame Cds or records or the sleeves for interesting wall art. 
  • Apply peel and stick decals of stars or musical notes for your nursery walls.
  • Don't forget the drum! Buy you little guy a kid's drum set. Every toddler boy loves to bang on a drum. Pick up some ear plugs as well!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Bedding Giveaway

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Sweet Dreams My Child is giving away a bedding set of our winners choice. Enter below to win a baby, toddler, kids or teen bedding set of your choice! You must choose a bedding set you would like to win and follow us on Facebook to enter. There are also several other options to get you extra entries into our giveaway!

This contest begins on May 5, 2013 and ends May 18, 2013.

Our winner will be notified on May 19, 2013 by email.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Cheetah Print Bedding for Girls

It's no secret, many girls love animal prints! They are bold, fun and stylish. One of the popular preferences is cheetah print. For purses, shoes and home decor a touch of cheetah print makes a bold statement.

We have found Cheetah Print Bedding to be one of the favorite choices of our customers. For the baby's nursery, kid's or teen's room, there is something irresistible about this wild print.

Cheetah Print Baby Crib Bedding

If you are looking to style a nursery in cheetah, take a look at this wonderful bedding set by Sweet Jojo Designs. This Girl's Pink Cheetah Print Baby Crib Bedding Set may be just what you need.

Girls Cheetah Print Baby Crib Bedding

Features we love about this bedding set:

  • This set uses a fun and striking print combined with girly touches. We love the sweet ruffle in pink on the crib quilt and the adorable heart pillow that come with the bedding set. 
  • Soft microsuede fabrics give this bedding a cuddly soft feel perfect for babies.
  • Because this is such a popular set, there are tons of accessories. You can pick from lamp shades, pillows, curtains, rugs, wall hangings and many other items to create just the look you want.
  • This adorable set comes with 9 pieces for a great start on your nursery. You get a crib quilt, bumper, crib skirt, crib sheet, 2 valances, diaper stacker, accent pillow and hanging toy bag.

Pink Cheetah Print Girls Bedding

Love this look and want to carry it on for many years? This great bedding set also comes in a twin and full/queen size. This Girl's Cheetah Print Bedding is perfect for a growing girl and will keep her happy for many years.

Girls Cheetah Print Bedding Set

Features we love about this set:
  • Soft microsuede fabrics feel great to the touch.
  • This look is perfect for a young girl and is also something she will love as she grows up. She will still love it even when she is a teen and tween.
  • There are lot of accessories to choose from, making it simple and affordable to design a bedroom. You can add memo boards, wall hangings, wall borders or decals and body pillows for a custom room.

More Ideas for Designing Your Room

Balance the bold print with soft touches. We love to add neutral items with texture to create a balanced look. Try adding a soft area rug in a camel color. Your baby or child will love the texture and will enjoy playing or sitting on something cozy. 

Add baskets in a natural wicker for storage. The color and texture will be a nice complement to your cheetah print and will add function to your room adding storage for clothes or toys.

Add exotic accessories. We love the large giraffe used in the picture above. Use your imagination. Go to your local hobby store to look for fun accessories. These accessories will be what gives your room personality and style.