If you are a graphic designer, you probably have a nice camera and you probably took a photography class in school – which means you know JUST enough to be dangerous.
Let me start by saying that I do NOT pretend to be a photographer. I love my fancy camera, I LOVE taking pictures – but typically only do “photo shoots” for friends, family and home decor! I leave the real photography to the professionals.
Nonetheless, I am always trying to learn new tricks of how to take better photos when the opportunity arises. The other morning I was watching The Nate Show and picked up some tips from Me Ra Koh. You can read more here and follow her blog here.
Below are the tips she suggested to try when taking family photos:
- Take photos in the afternoon sunlight – this will give you that great golden light. Avoid 11am – 2pm.
- Have the family wear similar colors. She suggested to have the mom wear something she loves and have the family compliment her.
- Remove distracting objects from the background.
- Close gaps between bodies to create a more intimate feel.
- Start with the traditional shots where everyone is looking at the camera and then get playful.
- Have the dad play with the kids – laughter shows great in photos.
- Have the kids hug on the mom – expresses compassion.
- Do silly shots of the kids playing and parents laughing.
- Do not forget to try various angles and backgrounds.
- Use your layers. Have one child up front and the rest of the family in the background out of focus.
- HAVE FUN!
I have a shoot coming up with a family member soon and I am going to try some of these with them! I’ll share what we come up with!
Here are a few of my favorite photographers:
Stephanie Egan – Stephanie Egan Photography – Love this lady. She is as kind as her photos are beautiful! Click Here
Ivan McCorkle – Ivan Conor Photography – This is a long time friend with a family history in photography. He is a fantastic wedding / lifestyle photographer Click Here but I have admit that I LOVE his landscapes! Ivan gave me a simple technique to share: follow the rule of thirds. Do not always center your subject in the frame. Having them off-center usually creates a more appealing photo.
Millie Holloman – Millie Holloman Photography – When I first started reading blogs, Millie’s was one of the first I found. I love, love, love what her and her team do! Click Here.
I will leave you with a few of the photos I have taken over the years.