Welcome friends, thank your for checking out my blog! This space will soon be beginning to fill up with what inspires me. Motherhood, art, connection, and nature to name a few, I hope you join me! Today I wanted to share with you a few photography tips that I hope will inspire you to document your children in a new way. I want to help you tell a story with your photographs and step out of your comfort zone. I would love to hear about the struggles you have while photographing your children so I can address them more in depth in my part II post! I also plan to include a few beginner cameras in various price ranges, what to look for when you looking for when you buying and what to avoid. If you have any questions about these topics put them in the comments below for the part II post! Enjoy!
1. USE WHAT YOU'VE GOT, BUT PLAN TO INVEST
Do not set limitations by telling yourself that you need a certain camera before you can start improving the images you capture. Sure, a dslr is ideal but if its out of your budget right now then grab what you have to use it in new ways with these tips while saving for one! A dslr will improve your images drastically by enabling you to shoot in lower light, capturing sharp images with movement and providing a nice blurred background with a shallow depth of field. However, what it wont do is teach you how to shoot with intention or from the heart, how to study light, and how to evoke emotion from someone. These gems are within you and something you can begin paying attention to and implementing with your childrent with whats accessible for you today.
2. FIND THE LIGHT, FOLLOW THE LIGHT
Start paying more attention to how light moves into and around your home. Open up the curtains and blinds, make note of what time of day light pours in through different windows and how it changes with the seasons and weather. The photo above was shot with my iphone and is grainier than I like but it is dear to me because it truly represents my mornings with Maxwell! While you are experiencing everyday moments with your children, make a mental note of what the light is doing, but also reflect on what your feeling during those moments and that will be your guide to truly capturing them.
3. CREATE THE SPACE, SET THE MOOD
Rearranging some furniture to a place where as much natural light hits it as possible will make all of the difference. I have placed popular hangouts such as the dining room table, the couch/chairs and the boys book shelf next to or facing windows in our home. To start though, place an activity that your child will be drawn to naturally in a well lit space, allow them to discover it on their own and engage. Try to have your camera in a place close by where you can see it. The photo below was taken at our dining room table one random morning (my camera was on the shelf in the closet seen in the background.) If it had been packed up in my bag I would of missed this completely (I've done that a lot). Let them be free! Its actually really similar to photographing a wild monkey actually. You would let them roam in their nature habitat, maybe give them snack or something to play with. What you wouldn't do make them wear something uncomfortable with gelled hair and expect them to sit still with their legs crossed on a stool smiling.
3.ENGAGE, DON'T FORCE
Patience is key here. Its incredibly frustrating to be inspired to create an image but have zero willing participants. Its important to keep in mind that the more forceful you are, the more life is drained from the image. You can take a photo with perfect light in a perfect location that lacks any story because it was forced. The secret is to tap into their world and to let go of your expectation. As their mother, you have this strong ability to meet them in that space better than anybody else. Engage them by gaining interest, in the photo below I was trying to get a shot of Max in the curtain. Jackson was hanging out in window sill looking out and I was drawn to capture it but he turned around. So I asked him to count the birds in the tree outside, simple, but if I were to just tell him to look out of the window one more time he wouldn't of been interested. Another way to engage them is to let them photograph you or push a very special button or two on the camera. Ask them what they want to take a photo of and help them do that to get them involved. You can also just sneak up on them like a ninja or ask them to pretend your invisible. Make it a game!
5. DON'T OVER DO IT
If they don't want to be photographed that should be respected. Once you cross over those boundaries with them they will have a sour feeling every time you get the camera out. It will have a lasting effect on their interaction with the camera present so don't over do it!
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