Wednesday, September 9, 2015

7 Tips to Take Better Photos of Your Family

Today, my friend Skylar is going to be taking over the blog. Skylar is a fantastic photographer! I've been following her on her blog since the beginning of my own blog. So, I'm really excited to let her take over and share these great tips for you!

7 Tips to take better photos of Your Family

Hi everyone! I’m Skylar and I blog over at Blonde Freedom. One thing that Jenny and I have in common is a love for photography. It’s something that is therapeutic for us when we’re stressed or need a little creative space. We also strongly value capturing photos of the loved ones around us. So today I’m going to share with you 7 tips to take better photos of your family.

  1. Learn how to use your camera. I know it’s always so daunting when you pick up your camera and aren’t really sure how to use it. You switch it to auto mode and start clicking away. There’s nothing wrong with that at all, but if you want to have more creative control and understanding of your camera then learning the basics is key.                                                                         There are tons of resources online to start learning more about your camera. Terms such as aperture, shutter, ISO, white balance, f-stops, manual mode, may float through one ear and out the other. Pinterest is an amazing resource and so are YouTube videos.                                                                                                                
  2. Be on the look out for good lighting. Some of my favorite photos of my family I’ve done are of my little cousin playing in the living room. My aunt and uncle have huge doors that lead from outside into their living room that let in tons of natural light. Start recognizing those places in your house. Where does the best light come from? What time of day? Start opening the blinds and pulling back those curtains to let that light in.                                                                                                                                                    
  3.  Be creative with the angle and perspective you shoot at! Don’t just stand and shoot at eye level. Get on the ground. Climb on a chair. Try it from a high angle, a low angle, a side angle. It’s not uncommon in my house to find me standing on a chair trying to take a photo of something. So get moving.                                                                                                                                                                            
  4. Let your subject be. You don’t have to pose your child or your husband or sister to get a good photo of them. Capture them in a natural state. Maybe when they’re playing with their blocks or reading a book or watching tv on the couch. Of course there may be time where you want to pose or move your subject due to light and that’s okay too! Some of the most precious moments are captured when they aren’t even aware you are taking a picture.                                                                                                                                                                                             
  5. Remember the details. Get close up to the little things. Capture hands on a toy or the way their bed looks after they’ve gotten up. Having an eye for the details tells more of the story and captures special details of the moment.                                                                                                                                                                        
  6. Look for inspiration! Get on Pinterest or Instagram! There are so many amazing photographers out there. Seeing the work of others will plant some ideas in your head for the next time you get your camera out. Jenny also posts pictures of her girls all the time, so get some ideas from her!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
  7. Practice! I know it’s what everyone says, but that’s because it’s true! The more you get your camera out and take pictures the more you’ll learn. Not every picture is going to turn out great, but you’ll continue to learn from mistakes and get better!

Grab that camera and look for that natural light. Find a new angle and capture moments that no one is aware of.  Notice the little things and find inspiration. So get started now and you’ll be on your way to capturing better photos of your family!

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