Professional suggestions for better family photos
Pay attention to the lighting. The way you shoot the photo with the right amount of light will make the difference. "And that means a lot of light," said Cormier. Do not put the subject in the window. Take the picture from the other direction. Take test photos and adjust as needed. "It's like making waffles, Nine times out of 10, that first waffle does not work, the same with the pictures."
The corners will be your friends. If you photograph children, go to their level, from their point of view.
No neon or bright colors, which can reflect the subject's skin. Cormier suggests that plain colors without patterns help to keep the person focused rather than on clothes.
Approach. See the details. Be aware of the whole scene. "Sometimes the best photos are not the obvious ones, they are small details," said Cormier.
Take lots of photos and save images. Download it on a computer or post it on Facebook, but do not delete it.
Cormier said he prefers photos of newborns that are simple, perhaps with only a blanket and the hands of the mother or father. Although he has props available, he said that the best baby photos show a single element that has meaning for the family. "I would like them if they brought something personal – maybe a grandmother blanket made or something that belongs to daddy." He draws the sense of family and who they are in the picture, "Cormier said.
If you plan a study session with a small child or a child, get there early to allow for the adjustment time.
Sports and activities
Do not draw attention to yourself, Reichert said. Do not tell a child to "look here" or "I want to take a picture". This will eliminate the spontaneity and natural nature of the photo.
When you try to take that perfect picture of your children, local professional photographers say it can be just as important to focus on the imperfect.
Kim Cormier, owner of Kim Cormier Photography in Greeley, has photographed children and families for over 15 years as a professional studio photographer. It suggests that parents who are going to take their pictures go beyond the obvious.
In your study, you can start with posing photos. But from there, he could look for some spontaneity.
"In my study, I look at the scenario," he said, "I want to have it in a general formation, and then, after taking that picture, I let it dissolve and dissolve into reality." I start with the pictures in pose. I say something like: "Take the children and hug them." Then you will have a real smile, and the children will giggle. "
Flexibility is a fundamental part of photography.
"I work at baby time," Cormier said. "This means that if you need 20 minutes to breastfeed and take a nap for the baby, that's fine, if we need to sit down and relax, then that's what we need."
A perfect smile is not the only goal.
"Crying children's pictures is not the end of the world, sometimes people say they do not want to forget that face, there are more emotions out there than just happy."
Sometimes, the photographer has to prepare the parents as much as the children.
"I think that what the children underlines during the photo sessions are parents with expectations that are not met," said Cormier, "if the mother is stressed because the children do not smile, they can feel this tension. It must be a relaxing environment. "
Don Reichert has photographed events for Northern Colorado publications for over 40 years. He is not a studio photographer; instead, it captures children who participate in events, such as sports or school activities.
He said that letting a scenario unfold naturally is the key.
Do not draw attention to yourself, Reichert said. Do not tell a child to "look here" or "I want to take a picture". This will eliminate the spontaneity of the photo.
He said, "You want to capture the action that is not on the scene, you have to be really patient, and you know your surroundings."
It suggests parents who want to photograph their children as they grow up and participate in events may want to invest in a high quality camera, like a Canon S18.
Reichert added that understanding the events in which children participate is important.
"You have to put yourself in the best place to get the best pictures," he said. "This can mean moving a lot, try to think about what will come next in the game, so you'll be in the right place."
Cormier added that photographing children is about perspective, not only photographically, but also emotionally.
"If you expect your child to be something else just because you have a camera out, then you're getting ready for bankruptcy.
"Photograph your friends or family when they laugh and when they are quiet," said Cormier. "You want to remember the reality, some of my favorite pictures of my kids are turning their backs on me to play outside, bringing me back to that moment, and above all, do not stop taking pictures."