Mother’s Day is around the corner and I think it is so important for you to treat yourself sometimes (or let hubby treat you). More often than not you, mom, are the picture taker. Your capturing every little moment of your little ones, but where are the pictures of mom? How will those cute little ones remember you? Trust me when I say, they will LOVE to have pictures of what you looked like – even if it’s yoga pants and messy buns. It’s so important for you to get in those pictures so they have memories to cherish forever, memories they can hold in their hands, and memories to show their own children someday. [END RANT]
This is a bit of a continuation of my 10 Posing Tips. As a new mom, I have yet to put my camera down. Even if it’s my iPhone, I swear a day (maybe even an hour) hasn’t gone by that I haven’t taken a photo of my precious daughter. I know so many moms are the same way. So here are some tips to really capture great photos of your children. Photos that you will want to have printed and hanging on your walls, instead of just sitting on your computer or Facebook.
First and foremost, get on their level! You don’t want all your photos with your kids always looking up at you. Lay on the floor or grass, get down to their level to see things their way. I promise, just by doing this one simple thing you will instantly see better results in your photos.
Leave the cheese in the fridge. Candid moments are so much more beautiful than that forced cheesey smile. Make it relaxed and you are likely to capture their natural expressions. Natural is OK, you’ll want to look back on those memories not just the smiling pictures.
Be silly, and engageyour children. Make funny faces, jump around, sing a silly song. You’ll be more likely to get a natural expression when they are having some fun with you.
Turn the flash off. PLEASE, I beg you! Using flash washes out and discolors everything in your photo. Your best bet is off not auto.
Find natural light. If your indoors try moving towards a window with soft natural light. When outdoors, the best time is the hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset. If the sun is too harsh you will get squinty eyes and bad shadows. Overcast days are perfect for taking your kids out for some pictures.
Focus on the eyes. Especially on close-ups.
Get a little closer. Often, we get so caught up in the scenery that the children will get lost in the picture. Getting closer or zooming in will make a huge difference.
Be aware of your background. Keep it simple and clutter free. I practically clean the room mid-photo, just to keep my background simple.
Know when to stop. When the kids start getting cranky and you start getting frustrated, your times up. Try again another day.
Take a gazzilion pictures! It may take you 100 to get that one amazing photos, but it’ll be in there. That’s the beauty of the digital age.
I hope you find this helpful and share it with your mommy friends. Now get out there and capture those precious moments of your munchkins!
This has got to be the most adorable baby bump ever & she totally rocked it! We had such a great time, despite the wet, cold, and gloomy weather. Jessica was up for anything, and her kiddos were awesome! They are so excited to be adding a little sister to their family. Congratulations Gorden Family!
(my first attempt at a cloud overlay, what do you think?) & we ended with a big family love for baby Paige…
Being a mom & photographer is easier said than done! Let me tell you how glamorous photographing my daughter’s newborn session was. NOT! Multi-tasking at its finest! Cleaning up pee, poop, feeding, keeping warm, changing set ups… eeekkk! Not an easy task, and did I mention she didn’t sleep at all.
This little monkey was much easier to shoot! 🙂
None-the-less, I captured some amazing little moments of my precious little girl.
After photographing my daughter’s newborn photos and everyday moments, I’ve realized I absolutely LOVE lifestyle photography! So you can expect to see more of this type of photography from me!