When I meet with families they often comment that they wish they could take better photographs, as there are always moments in the year when you can’t always have a photographer with you. Parents often say they could do with some tips for taking photographs.
Here are my tips for taking family photographs.
5 tips for getting started:
1. Practice makes Perfect
Start to carry your camera around with you. The more you use it, the more comfortable you will feel and the more your children will get used to it. You will start to enjoy using it, rather than it being something that only comes out occasionally.
2. Avoid saying ‘cheese’!
It is really tempting to get little ones to say ‘cheese’ to the camera, but try to avoid this if you can. Find things that will make them laugh, these will create much better genuine smiles for your photographs.
3. Your environment
Try taking photographs in different environments to get a good variety, this could be at the park, outside school or playing at home. You will be surprised how many precious moments you end up capturing.
4. Make it fun
Don’t put pressure on yourself to get the perfect photograph straight away. Enjoy the process of experimenting. If your children see you are having fun they will want to join in. You can also get your little ones involved in selecting their best images when it comes to printing them, making it a project for the whole family.
5. Be in the photographs too
Most of us adults are much more comfortable staying behind the camera, but try not to let insecurities about how you look or feel get in the way. Make sure you’re in a few of them too with your family. Remember these photographs are for your family, you don’t have to share them with the world.
I hope you find these tips helpful, with spring on the way it is the perfect time to get going.