• Michelle Thompson

How to Take a Lovely Portrait of Your Child at Home - With Your Cell | San Diego Family Photographer

Due to the stay-at-home order, you can't leave home these days to have professional portraits taken of your child - but it's still so important to capture them, just as they are, today!


I'll show you how to create a beautiful portrait of them in your own home. Here's what you'll need:


  • your cell phone

  • a chair

  • a window

  • your child


Here's how to do it:


1) During daylight hours, find a window that, when your child is sitting perpendicular to it, provides a clean, clutter-free background.

2) Place a simple chair or stool in front of the window. The chair should be facing to the side of the window, not facing out. The background should be clean and clutter-free. A solid wall in the background is ideal.

3) Place your child in the chair, again, facing to the side, not straight out the window (see the picture to see what I mean).

4) Stand 5-8 feet away from them with your cell phone. If your phone has a portrait mode, set it to that. Crouch down a bit to get on their level. Have them sit naturally in the chair, or experiment with different positions.

5) With your phone ready to shoot, start engaging with your child to help relax them and elicit natural expressions. Find my suggestions for how to engage your child for natural expressions here and here. You can also ask them to look out the window to look for birds, cloud formations, etc.

6) Once they're relaxed and engaged, start snapping! Keep engaging and snapping, and you're sure to come away with several you will love!


When this is all over, I can't wait to get out there and start capturing your families again! In the meantime, I hope this has been helpful. If you think a friend could use it too, feel free to share it using the icons below. ❤️