Roseville Sacramento and Northern CA Photographer | Family and Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
If you guys haven't had a chance to check the out the Cameras & Cocktails workshop that I am putting on with the fabulous Courtney Carlmark of Courtney Carlmark Photography YOU ARE MISSING OUT! Check out Exclusive Events Tab to read about this 5 class workshop built for moms looking for a place to hang out, sip delicious wine, and chat/ learn about all things photography related. Remember today is the last day for our introductory pricing for Camera & Cocktails so you're not going to want to wait to grab your seat. I am SO excited about this workshop and all of the incredible tips and tricks we have to share with you. Want a little taste of few my favorite tips on how to photograph your family in your own home?? Of course you do :)
1. Find Window Light- This is my all time favorite tip to take great photos in your home (even with your phone camera). Light is one of the most important things to think about when you are taking any type of photo. An easy way to find great light in your house is to go near the windows. Depending on where you place your subject you can get all kinds of awesome looks all from 1 window like I did in the images below. Yep all those looks from just 1 window. Practice placing your subject in different spots (facing the window, window to the side of subject, window 45 degrees of subject) to get different looks. You can set up your little one's toys or art set near the window and capture them while they play in the pretty light. You can also try the same window at different times a day to get different and fun looks.
2. Try Different Angles- Ok, now that you know the power of the almighty window light. Try shooting at different angles. Squatting down and capturing kids at eye level is an super easy way to improve your photos. Try laying down on the floor (on your belly) and shoot the scene that way or hold your camera/phone high over your subject to get an interesting birds eye view. Play around with all kinds of angles to add a little variety to your images.
3. Let the little ones play- I know the obvious thought is to have your kids always looking at your camera smiling but if you want to get candid moments and honest emotion you have to let them be in their element doing what they do best... which is be the most adorable little kid ever! I try not to interrupt my kids when they are playing and just shoot around them. If they seem bothered I ask if its ok if I take some photos. If they say no then I stop. As I mentioned earlier and my girl Courtney mentions over on her BLOG the best way to get your kids to "just play" (ideally, in pretty light or an area with a neat background is to) is to set up something fun for them to play with them in the area you want to shoot. Try setting up their favorite toys in that awesome window light and see how quickly they run over to play. BAM! Perfect picture taking opportunity!