I am excited to finally get out my first blog post!
Since I get a lot of questions on children photography I thought I would post some tips for all my moms out there. So here it goes!
1) Focus on the Eyes. As the saying goes “the eyes are the windows to the soul,” so get close to your subject! I think the eyes are the most important part of the image, and they need to be sharp and in focus. Not an easy thing to achieve when you have children that don’t like to sit still! To get children to look into the lens I will tell them that if they look very carefully into the lens they will be able to see my eye. It’s surprisingly effective.
2) DO NOT “SAY CHEESE”. I cringe every time I hear a parent say this to their child. Nothing ruins a photograph more than those phony frozen “smiles”. Instead try engaging with your child to make him or her laugh; authentic expressions make a world of difference in an image.
3) Action! Don’t feel like your child MUST be stationary to capture a great image. Kids love to run and jump! Photographing your child in action can lead to some spectacular images with wonderful authentic expressions, not to mention that action brings your images to life! Happy clicking guys!
4) The Golden Hour. For optimal results when shooting outdoors you should try photographing an hour after sunrise or an hour before sunset. The lighting is the most beautiful during these hours. If you are shooting in the middle of the day look for open shade to avoid harsh shadows. An open garage is perfect for shooting portraits! If you can not find open shade and are shooting in direct sun make sure to have the sun behind your subject. This creates a really beautiful back lit image.
5) Clean Backgrounds. Keeping your children, baby, family as the primary focus of your image is best accomplished by keeping a distraction-free background. Remove anything that might draw your eye away from the subject. If you have an SLR camera try shooting with a low aperture to blur the background (called the bokeh effect).