It has been LOOOOONG time since I posted anything on my blog! I am a major failure as a blogger… Good thing blogging isn’t my full time job! I recently started working with a local family magazine as the primary photographer for it. I am so excited about my role in the publication!! I also get the opportunity to release four articles a year in the magazine. The first magazine is being released soon (or might already by in your mailbox) and I cannot wait to see my words and pictures in print! They only gave me 100-500 words for the first article, which I thought I would never get close to. However, I apparently get long winded! I had to cut my article down three times, plus the company cut it down again! Since I can write as much as I want on here, I thought I would release the uncut version of my article! So here ya go…
Are you constantly taking pictures and just can’t seem to nail the shot you want? I am here to help! Here are eight tips to help you take better pictures of your loved ones:
- Get on their level
- If you are taking pictures of someone smaller than you, i.e.: a child, get on their level! Squat, sit, or kneel so that you can get eye-to-eye with them rather than standing over them. Make sure to focus the camera on their eyes or the part of your subject that you want to showcase.
- Photograph them in their own element
- Take pictures of your kids playing, eating breakfast, taking a bath (if they’re little!), sleeping, etc. Kids do not have to be looking and smiling at the camera in every picture!
- Don’t say “cheese”
- Teaching your kid to say cheese is a bad habit. When a child looks at the camera and automatically says “cheese” then they automatically give a fake smile. To get real smiles, make them laugh. Tell a joke, talk about poop, tickle them, play peek-a-boo, etc.
- Photograph the details
- Take pictures of dirty little feet after playing outside, painted fingernails after your daughter paints her own, the curls on the back of your child’s head after they get out of the bathtub. Photograph those details because they will never look the same again.
- Find the best light
- Turn the flash OFF. I personally think that natural light makes the best photographs. If you agree but find that a lot of your images are dark then go toward the light! Move closer to a window and open the blinds. When taking pictures outside avoid harsh light, which is worse in the morning and afternoon, by moving your subject to a shady spot. Outdoor light is best in the morning and evening.
- Use a simple background
- Get rid of the extra distractions behind your subject. Move closer to your subject and remove anything that is un-photogenic behind them.
- Learn to use your camera
- In order to take really good pictures, you don’t have to buy a really good camera, but you do have to learn how to use the camera you have. Whether you use a cell phone, point and shoot, or d-SLR, read the manual, do research online, or take a class to learn how to use your camera properly.
- Hire a professional
- When the moment calls for it, hire a professional. Professionals are there to do family pictures for you, capture your brand new baby, or even take pictures at events (birthdays, weddings, reunions, etc.) so that you can enjoy the moment without worrying about capturing the memories yourself. Take advantage of what professional photographers have to offer.
I plan to post examples to go along with these tips, but I’m a slacker and I haven’t put the examples together yet! I will soon though! I hope these tips help you take better pictures of you kids!
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