At the beginning of January, I introduced you to our sponsor, Paul Portillo Photo. Last week, Paul shared some simple guidelines to use for photographing your children. They included the Rule of Thirds, Viewpoint, and Background. I have already put some of these tips to work when I snapped some pictures of my kids this weekend.
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The world is full of objects which make perfect natural frames, such as trees, archways and holes. By placing these around the edge of the composition you help to isolate the main subject from the outside world. The result is a more focused image, which draws your eye naturally to the main point of interest.
Often, a photo will lack impact because the main subject is so small that it becomes lost among the clutter of its surroundings. By cropping tight around the subject, you eliminate the background “noise”, ensuring the subject gets the viewer’s undivided attention.
Now that you know the guidelines, you can always break these rules. They are only here to guide you.
When photographing children, keep in mind that posing may not be the way to go. Let them play or just act natural when photographing them. Sometimes, pictures will look better when they are not looking right at the camera. If you choose to get them to look at the camera, don’t have them say “cheese”. Have them say words like pizza, hot dog, cheeseburger, or fun words like fuzzy cheeseburger. Words starting with the letter “p” or “f” turn up good in a photograph. Remember, the most important thing is to have fun. If children stop having fun, they will not want to take any pictures. Also, make sure they have had their nap and have eaten.
Have someone help you (with toys) to grab their attention. Remember you are using a digital camera so take however many pictures you need. Getting five good pictures out of fifty is not a bad thing. This costs you nothing.
When it comes to lighting, I could write page after page about this topic but I will keep it simple. If you are taking pictures indoors, use a window to light your children. You will get this beautiful soft light. Outdoors is always a better way to go. There are certain times of the day that you can take pictures to get the perfect light but when it comes to children this may not always work. Take your pictures when ever you can. Use shade if the sun is above you. Use your pop up flash as a fill flash (only use flash if you have to because your pictures are too dark). You can have someone hold up a white sheet to diffuse the sunlight and create a soft light.
When it comes to clothing, you can have them wear anything, just avoid using clothing with writing, as this will distract people when viewing your pictures.
Good luck and have fun. Capture those wonderful memories. They grow up so much.
A word from Paul about Paul Portillo Photography:
Remember that we specialize in unique lifestyle portraits of toddlers and children, newborns and maternity, big kids and families, too, in the Pensacola, Gulf Breeze and surrounding areas. No studio, our sessions are relaxed, fun, casual and are done on-location at your home or outdoors. Unique photography for today’s world is our philosophy. Customer service is also very important to us. We are in the business of capturing emotions, spirits, and phases of life. Because our goal is to capture the true essence of your personalities, we will rarely pose you or press the shutter only when you smile. We strive to get a natural look, but our work is custom so if you want us to use poses, we can.