“How to make the most of your own family photography?” It’s sounds like a simple question but one that can take a little preparation to get it right.
Below are a few of my tips on how to approach family photography and get those photographs that will create memories.
Create a list
We are all used to seeing great photographs on the internet and social media, the only issue can be that we look at our photographs and think that they aren’t the same. The reason being is that many of the photographs that we see have been planned a long time in advance.
Why not take advantage off the work that someone else has done though and use them to create your own personal list of photographs you would like to take (the visual reference is also a huge help).
Get everyone involved
Share your photography list with the rest of the family so they can be invloved in what you are doing, especially the kids. When they feel invloved they will be much more willing to go infront of the camera to help you complete the list.
Why not even create a wall chart of the list so the kids can tick them off when they are done.
Keep your camera handy
It probably goes without saying, if you don’t have your camera to hand you will miss those little moments that happen. Not every shot needs to be posed for or set up so keep a camera handy at all times.
These days with cameras on our phones this is so much easier and you don’t need a heavy DSLR camera with you. In fact I have recently purchased a compact camera just for this reason. What you are capturing is more important that how you capture it.
Another little tip is to always have the camera kept in the same, easy to get to, place. Mine is always kept on my desk, you may want to keep it on the kitchen counter or somewhere else. Just make sure it’s always there and charged up ready for when that moment of inspiration strikes.
Take a photograph (almost) daily
It isn’t easy to take a photogrph everyday (I know I have tried).
It really does help though to make you think about what you can take photographs of. It will also help you become more comforatable with your camera and what you can do with it. Remember that most important part of any camera is 6 inches behind the camera. It’s you that takes the photograph so get all the practice you can.
Taking a daily photograph also ensure that you don’t miss anything. It may seem as though you are doing the same thing everyday but the same fun happens everyday.
Have a look through some of the photograph you have, or the ones on friends social media. Do they all look the same? Do they all say “we stood here”?
A lot of what we take are dictated by the photograph we think we should take. We stand next to a road sign or landmark. Or in a set family group. Make your photographs stand out by doing something different.
It may just be that you take the photograph from a different angle or from behind something. Have fun taking photographs, the great thing about digital photography is that if you don’t like them you can just delete them. What is there to lose?
Give the kids a break
It is so tempting to always be taking photographs of the kids. Don’t forget though other things happen as well.
Especcially on holiday remember to take photographs of what else is around. That could be the landscape but try to remember the little details as well. These things make everyday as much as your children and when put together create beautiful memories.
Share what you create
Don’t keep your memories stored on your computer. There are many technically reasons for this (including hard drives that fail).
Memories are made to be shared. Why not share them on social media for your friends to see (and to show off your skills with a camera).
Even better why not print them or create a photobook so that you can show them off to anyone who comes around.
For the kids though this is great as seeing photographs of them around lets them know just how much you love them.
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