Life with kids is a beautiful chaos, a symphony of laughter, tantrums, and milestones. Amidst the daily whirlwind, capturing these fleeting moments can become a challenging endeavor. Whether it’s the sparkle in their eyes, their impromptu dance moves, or their infectious giggles, these are the memories that make life truly magical. Here at Velthove & Co. we understand the value of these moments and are here to offer photography tips that empower even the busiest of parents to freeze time and create enduring keepsakes, maybe a Mixbook photo book?
PART I: Embrace the Journey
It’s easy to brush aside the idea of taking a photo when life is in full swing. However, in the words of Wayne Gretzky, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Every snapshot has the potential to add to a treasure trove of memories. The seemingly mundane moments of today may be the ones you hold dear tomorrow. Whether it’s your little ones engrossed in imaginative play, a peaceful family breakfast, or a candid moment between siblings, these are the memories that weave the tapestry of your family’s story.
Lighting is the paintbrush that brings your photographs to life! When indoors, harness the soft, natural light that streams through windows, and bid farewell to harsh (and often yellow) indoor lights that creates unflattering shadows. Outdoors, position your subjects strategically to bask in the gentle glow of the sun, keeping your subject between you and the sun whenever possible. Whether you’re capturing their first steps or a quiet moment of contemplation, lighting sets the stage for unforgettable images.
While capturing your kids from above is endearing, there’s something magical about seeing the world from their perspective. Crouching down to their eye level eliminates distortion, ensuring that your photographs authentically portray their features. It’s a window into their world, capturing their genuine expressions and creating images that resonate with the heart.
Introduce layers to your photographs to add depth and narrative. The toys strewn across the living room floor, the way their small hands grasp a cherished teddy bear, or the fleeting moment when they share a secret with a sibling in front of a large tree – these layers enrich your images, telling stories within stories.
When it comes to capturing those perfect shots, overshooting is your secret weapon. Utilize burst mode to capture a series of images in rapid succession. Whether it’s the elation of a playground adventure or the spontaneous hug between siblings, this technique ensures that you don’t miss a single moment of magic.
These five photography tips are only the first half of this two-part series; we’ve got some other great ones to share soon, along with a great plan to put them all into action and make it an easy habit. It’s a MUST-READ!