There’s something special about this time of year that always makes me want to grab my camera and head out to adventure. We seem to be stuck inside so often over the winter, my two kiddos love to finally be able to explore the great outdoors. Photography really amps up around Spring. Parents everywhere are so excited to dress their little loves in adorable outfits and hit the sunshine! But how do you get that perfect picture on your own? There are a few tips that can help improve your portraits.
Lighting might be the most important component of taking a good picture, but it’s the toughest to understand and master. The best time to take pictures is just after sunrise and just before sunset. Why? Because the sunlight is at a fantastic angle to compliment most subjects and provide a beautiful glow. In the middle of the day, when the sun is bright and positioned high in the sky, it can be tough to get a well-balanced photo. On those days try to make shade your best friend. Of course, you wouldn’t want to be in the darkest of shadows, but finding a lightly shaded tree or edge of a building is the best spot to get balanced light mid-day. And keep in mind, the best way to get better is to practice, so try different angles so that you can easily see the difference of picture outcome based on where the sun is coming from.
You’ve set your kids up on a picnic blanket. Their hair is perfect, they’re playing nice and you snap the picture. What many parents forget to consider in those moments is what is behind them in the picture. Most often signs, people walking, or buildings peeking through trees can become an eyesore in photos. Before setting up your scene, take a quick look around and try to find the best background for where you are.
Sometimes you can do everything right and you still have a child who refuses to cooperate. I find in these moments it is best to just take your time and relax. Rushing always creates more chaos. Play a game with your kids, have bubbles or a fun prop you can draw their attention with in your back pocket, and always, ALWAYS have snacks! Sometimes the best pictures are taken candidly, so have your kids dance, play and HAVE FUN!