A lesson in Photography

Do you think he is going to take after me..? each time he comes in the studio he picks up a camera!

I see so many familys every day in the studio. One lady last week asked me how should i take a nice photo of my child, i give her my advice and she came back to me and told me it was the best advice she had been given! wow thanks i thought to myself if i helped her maybe i could help you!  so here are  3 tips to help you along the way.

1. Get down on their level.  Towering above them is one viewpoint yes.  But getting down on their level, you begin to see them in a whole new light.  Lay on the floor.  Crouch, squat.

2. Connect with them. Let them forget that you have a camera in your hand (however have it on and in your hand). Don’t make a big deal out of ‘taking photos’. Make it fun. Sing songs, play games and connect first. Shoot next. Stop trying to make them stop what they are doing and smile. Do anything to get a laugh.  Saying “SMILE” or “CHEESE” may work for some, but my favorite photos are the real laughs and the ones that are truly in the moment.  Having a great expensive camera is awesome, but not if you can’t let everyone relax and have a good time and have fun taking photos of your life. Tickling, songs, counting… anything.

3. Keep your camera (your “good one” if you have one) somewhere that is easily accessible, with charged batteries and a memory card in it. You are FAR more likely to take photos if your camera isn’t tucked away in it’s safe little hiding spot. I keep a camera out all the time. I find it is easier when Pierce is being super adorable to just grab the camera and take a few photos.

My last ‘tip’ is to photograph it all. Document your lives. But PLEASE back up all of your photos onto hard drive or cds/dvds something!  No one wants to loose precious photos, and believe me… it can happen to anyone, at any time.

Did that help, i hope so, have a wonderful weekend, enjoy the Royle wedding everyone x

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