As you all know, I love taking pictures of my new baby girl! I can’t help but share them on Instagram and love coming up with new ways to document this super special first year of life. One of the ways I’m doing this is by taking a monthly stat picture of her with everything that made that particular month so special. This idea would also be great for the beginning of each school year or birthday against a light background wall. I wanted to share how I’m doing that with PicMonkey, which is the website I use to edit most of the pictures I take.
Here is a step-by-step tutorial for adding text to your baby or child’s photo:
This is the final product for her two month stats picture and here is how I did it…
First you take a picture of your baby with a white or very light blanket. If you are doing this with an older child each year, just use a light or white background wall.
Photography Tip: Use a space next to a window or outside in the shade to get the best results. I also recommend not using a flash EVER for things like this because it really messes up the color and shadows.
Now crop your image using PicMonkey. Make sure your child is off to one side so that you will have plenty of room for text.
Now you might need to brighten up your image a little bit like I did. I use the Curves tool on PicMonkey Royal because it makes every picture a little brighter and better. I pull the middle up just a bit like I did below and look at the difference it makes!
For this project, I also decided to use the Tranquil filter at about 80% to just soften up the picture a little bit.
I’ve been taking these pictures in her little pjs and I want the fonts to match her clothes each month. To get a font to match the color from her pajamas exactly, you just click on the little color bar shown below, and a little dropper tool will appear. Then you go hover over the color you want to copy, and it matches your font to that image. Here I hovered over her feet to get the color for my text.
Now comes to fun part! Just think about everything that you say to your baby, all of their silly nicknames that you can’t explain (Punkin Lunkin), and what they were up to that month. I just alternate between script and block fonts, change up the colors, and position the text in all different ways. I do repeat colors and fonts so that it looks cohesive.
When you have it exactly like you want it, save! Now with PicMonkey you can’t go work on it once you leave that image so make sure you get the spelling right. 🙂
Here is her finished 2 month picture. I love how I could do this every year on the first day of school too and have a great way to remember all of those special days as well. I am thinking of turning these into a book once the year is over too which would be a nice way to look back on this wonderful year.
If you use this idea with your own babies or kids, please email me because I would love to see your finished products and share them with my readers as well! If you aren’t using PicMonkey, please go check it out because I LOVE LOVE LOVE it and it allows you to do so much without any knowledge of photo editing.