I have seen your kids. They are cute enough to grace the cover of Parent Magazine. And, believe it or not, you can capture magazine-worthy shots with just a few photography tips.
The best news of all is that you don’t need a fancy camera. Today’s cell phones offer amazing camera technology right at your fingertips. The best camera is the one that you can grab right from your pocket or purse when those moments strike. The only thing you might want to add to your phone camera is a waterproof case because, well…getting wet and muddy often happens when young children are involved! Here are some tips for the budding photographer in you:
- If you are taking outdoor shots, the “golden hour” is photographer-speak for that last hour before sunset when the lighting is just perfect. That is a great time for a great shot.
- In the bright sun, experts actually recommend using your flash; it gives your child’s face even light, especially under the eyes, which tend to cast shadows.
- Shade and cloudy days are a photographer’s dream, so make use of the softer light.
- Inside shots turn out best when you pay attention to the light- try to place your subject near a window.
- When you think about composition (combining parts to make a whole picture), try to get close to your subject and fill the frame. It also helps to get down low– even on your tummy- to get that perfect shot.
- Try not to place our subjects right in the center of the frame. Rather, place your subject slightly off-center to add interest, balance, and depth to the photo.
- Be sure to declutter the background to capture clean and simple images.
- Find natural ways to frame your subject; think about trees, a stairwell, or a fence as a natural frame.
- Don’t say cheese! We all know how to make our kids laugh; try to get that natural smile.