Everyday your instagram and facebook pages are filled with gorgeous images that your friends have taken of their children. Why do yours never look like that? Why are yours always dark and out of focus? Well, fear no more. By the end of this guide you will be armed with 10 fantastic tips that will have you shooting like a pro!
When you stand in one place and then zoom in the quality of the photograph becomes diluted and pixelated and quite often blurred. Move your feet!! Moving closer to your subject will get all that lovely detail in the frame giving you a crisper and sharper subject.
2. Stop trying to capture forced smiles.
You spend 20 minutes trying to get your child to shout “cheese” whilst looking into the camera and you are left with an awkward, unnatural smile; you know the one I mean (think of the last school photo you saw), sometimes, it’s nice to capture the tears, the tantrum or even the concentration…
3. Get down to their level.
Yes, you might need to lie on the floor to do this, but it is honestly so worthwhile. No more tops of heads - you want to see their whole face whilst they are in a natural comfortable position.
4. Use the Rule of thirds
If you divide your frame into thirds both horizontally and vertically, it is naturally pleasing to the eye to have the focal point sitting on one of those lines. A lot of mobile phones have the option to add a grid to the live view. When framing your photograph try and ensure that your subject sits on one of the lines. Or even better, get their eye where 2 lines intercept.
5. Take Candids
When your child is playing take photos of them just being themselves. This way you’ll preserve those precious memories that would otherwise be forgotten. I often have my camera to hand and photograph my children when they are not aware of it. A natural photograph is a lovely way of story telling…
6. Avoid low light
Even the most expensive cameras struggle to capture a sharp image if the light is too low. When indoors, try to capture your child with your back to the window and them facing towards it. You’ll get a lovely flattering light.
7. Embrace negative space
Don’t be afraid to have an area in your photograph with nothing in it. This is visually appealing and places all focus on the subject.
8. Keep the background clutter free
When you take your photograph just have a quick look round - you don’t want to have that perfect photograph ruined by a litter bin, a mug in the foreground or toys strewn all over the floor.
9. Capture the small details
Yes, they really were that tiny once. But you won’t remember and you’ll have nothing to gauge it against. So go ahead, photograph their fingers, their toes and the back of their hair. These are all details that you will forget over time but as soon as you see them in a photograph, the memories will come flooding back.
10. Use Reflections
Reflections can add a really interesting dimension to your photographs, whether you use a puddle, a window or even a mirror. They often have the added benefit of bouncing additional light onto the subject.
Take a look at the following gallery - see if you can spot some of the techniques listed above…
As a professional photographer I use all of these steps every day ensuring that all of my photographs are appealing to the eye. But it doesn’t stop there, I have spent many years learning how to use the natural light available to me to my best advantage, learning how to wait until the exact right moment for that natural smile and how to position all members of the family to get them at their best.
Not only this - I make a point of ensuring that you, the parent, are included in the photographs. I’m not doing this for you, I’m doing it for your children. These are their memories that we are creating. When they are 35 they won’t remember how much they giggled when Daddy threw them into the air or how tightly Mummy held them when they needed her to make everything better. But as soon as they look back at their photographs they will know and those wonderful warm, fuzzy feelings will come flooding back, along with memories of a very happy childhood.
Not only does booking a professional photographer guarantee that you will all be in a beautiful photograph together; it guarantees that the quality will be good enough for it to hang on the wall, it guarantees that you will all look great because you will have made an effort with your choice of outfits and you will be photographed by someone who knows how to make you look your best.
Through using a professional you can take your family photographs from…
Just imagine what an amazing piece of art of your favourite people, in your favourite place, would look like hanging in your home.