Humor me for a bit. Grab your phone (assuming you’re not reading this on your phone) and open up your photos app. How many photos of your kids are there? Tons, right? How many of those would you frame or put up on the wall? Maybe not that many, but I can help with that! Of course, you can always hire me to take your family pictures. Until then, here are five tips to help you take better photos of your kids - or pets. They count, too!
1. Don’t ask them to pose
Let them be! Let them have fun! Guide them, without telling them exactly what to do. For example, you walk by some flowers. Instead of saying, “go stand by the flowers.” Make it fun, get ready, and ask them to smell the flowers. Or ask them what they smell like. Is there a bug in there? Get creative!
2. Get down to their level
You’d be surprised at what a huge difference it makes. Seeing the world from their perspective is entirely different from ours. I mean, unless you’re short like me, then there may not be that big of a difference. JK! There is a difference. It's so cool to look back and see what they were seeing.
3. Get high!
And no, I don’t mean recreationally. I mean literally! Take a birds-eye view of what they are doing. Years from today, they will be able to see what they were playing with, how they still sleep with their arms up like dad or whatever it may be. Try to stay perpendicular to the ground.
4. Look for good lighting
Good lighting is your best friend, but it can be a bit confusing. Just because the sun is out doesn't mean you have good lighting. If it's too harsh, you'll get squinty eyes and not so pretty pictures. If it's too light, then you might get unflattering shadows. When you're indoors, get close to the brightest window. When you're outside, try looking for even lighting. The ideal light will be in the shade, but you should be able to see the sky when you look straight up. When in doubt, have them face their shadow and turn 45-degrees in the opposite direction of the sun.
This means use portrait mode on your iPhone. If you take a picture in portrait mode, you can edit the “blur” (aka bokeh) after you’ve taken the photo. Just go to edit and play around with the depth scale. This is especially helpful if there’s a mess in the background and wished it wasn’t there (story of my life). Just keep in mind you have to be closer to your kids for portrait mode.
Try taking a picture from 3 different angles! Same scenario, three various aspects. This will push you to get creative, and you never know. You might go straight to Costco to print them out! (Although there are better places to get them printed…)
Need to update your family photos? Reach out and let’s get something in the books!
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