Today is our official first day of the 2015-2016 school year! I can’t believe it’s already here! The girls are super excited about what is in store for the day (and I am a little too for that matter). Knowing that today would be a really busy day we decided to take our back-to-school pics last week so we could share them today and focus on what is ahead.
Even though I’m not the best or most knowledgeable photographer around, in the years since having my girls I have learned a thing or two about taking pictures of kids, whether with your nice DSLR camera or your cell phone. Thus, today I thought I’d share a few key tips I’ve learned about taking pics of my girls as means to show off our back-to-school pics (hey, I am a mama after all…). Hope these help as you plan to take your own back-to-school pics and give you a smile or two in the process.
7 Back-to-School Photography Tips
1. Take pictures outside on a cloudy day or within 45 minutes of sunrise or sunset for optimal lighting.
2. Take A LOT of pictures. Just start shooting as you talk to them, and you will be amazed at how their personality starts to show through. Encourage them to make silly faces or tell a funny story or try to make their stuffed animal smile, and you are sure to have a few great pics soon enough.
3. Use a solid color or natural background. Doing so gives you that studio color-popping eye candy without the studio (i.e. the picture above with the white chair and white wall).
4. Take close-ups. The closer you are the more professional the image looks.
5. Have them wear solid colors (at least on their top half). Outfits that are too busy often distract the photo rather than enhance it.
6. Get on their level. You can see the difference in shooting above vs. shooting on level between the pictures above and the pictures below. Eye level is almost always more attractive.
7. Let them use a prop such as a stuffed animal or hold a sign with their grade such as one of these cute printables. Kids always seem to relax more when they get to hold something. For younger children, you may even encourage the child to let them pose a stuffed animal too. The picture below where the dog and bunny are on the adjacent chair is a prime example of this. Other prop ideas could be balloons, bubbles, books, a backpack, an apple, or even flowers.
Oh, and what camera did I use for these pics? My iPhone. 5. I recently dropped by DSLR and shattered a lense (I know…I know…) so right now I’m getting by with just a cell phone. The upside? Has anyone noticed I’m now posting more on Instagram? That’s one nice thing about using your phone–your pictures are all ready to share!
For even more photography tips, check out my Photography Flair Pinterest Board.