Last week we talked about high school senior portraits- the reason why they are so important, and some of the simple but effective tips you can use to make sure your daughter gets the best experience when it’s time for hers.
But what about every other day? Surely there are spectacular moments- and even mundane moments- all the time that you’ll want to capture for your daughter and for yourself.
What are you going to do? Hire a photographer to follow you around everyday?
How about if you just steal some simple tips from one, so you can do it yourself?
That’s what we’re going to focus on today- FIVE SIMPLE TIPS for moms to take their own photos, so that they can capture beauty in any day. No fancy camera necessary!
1. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE LIGHT
I’m gonna let you in on a little secret. You don’t need a fancy camera to create a beautiful image. You just need the right light.
And the easiest way to find great light is to find open shade. Open shade is when a structure or something large creates an area outside that has even shading. Tall buildings, walls, or even thick hedges outside can create open shade. Put your daughter in this type of area and you’ll have a lovely, evenly lit portrait.
2. GET A LITTLE CLOSER
More often than not, a portrait is less than decent simply because the photographer was too far away. This is a portrait, so focus on the subject! Take a step closer. No, forget that- take 2 steps closer. Better still, wait until you feel uncomfortably close. Then take one more step closer.
3. DECLUTTER YOUR BACKGROUND
This is such an easy way to improve your photos at home, and takes just a second. Put that camera up to your eye and do a quick scan of what surroundings show up in your frame. Then declutter anything you see that you don’t want to see.
If it’s something you can move, like a laundry basket or the kids’ backpacks, go ahead and move it. If it’s not movable, move yourself. Easy fix.
4. FOLLOW THE RULE OF THIRDS
This is my go to rule, whether I’m shooting with my fancy camera, or just my phone, and it’s a simple rule to learn and implement.
Imagine your camera screen as being split into 9 even boxes- 2 horizontal lines, and 2 vertical lines. Now simply place your daughter along one of those lines, or at the point where any of those lines intersect. That’s using the rule of thirds. It’s a simple rule to follow, but is quite effective, as the eye finds subjects along those lines more appealing to look at.
5. KEEP TALKING
It’s easy to get so wrapped up in your photo or what you envision for your photo, that you forget that your daughter is on the other side of that camera. Add to that the natural nerves that come with photography, and you’re likely to forget the most important tip- keep talking to your subject.
After years of photographing girls, especially teen and tween girls, I have found that nothing works better at relaxing them and getting those authentic smiles than simply talking to them. If I stop talking, they get nervous and tense up. But if I keep the conversation going, they often forget that there’s a camera between us. And that’s what you want.
So keep talking to her.
And there you have it. Simple steps, better home photos.
And if you found these tips helpful, and want to grab some more actionable tips, you can grab my FREE GUIDE to taking portraits of your daughter.
That wraps up our month of all things high school! April’s just around the corner and spring has just begun, so let’s shift the mindset to that of growth. That is, how to grow strong relationships with our girls, and how to grow their confidence.