The Easter Snapshot in 5 Steps
5 Steps to Photographing Your Own Kids In Their Best Dress or Costume
1. Get down on their level. Squat down so you are at their eye level or just a bit above or below. Shooting down only works when they are looking up and you are doing close ups or creative shots.
2. Pull them away from the “backdrop”. You want to create that background blur called bokeh. In order to do that you need two things: a larger depth of field between your subject and the background (bush, tree, house, fence, etc.) and a low aperture. Set your camera to aperture (A on Nikons) mode and go down to 2.0-2.8. If this is confusing to you then find your manual and read up. Aperture is HUGE in creating rich and creamy portraits.
3. Have them sit down. Let them play for a minute. Tell jokes to make them laugh. Take a couple minutes to warm them up and get them to be their true selves in the moment. Then start snapping!
4. Once they are where you want them – step back. Take a shot. Step forward- take a shot. Step to the side – take a shot.
5. This is one photographers naturally do. Our brains just do it when we are framing up a photo. Follow the rule of thirds
Photography is a journey. The more your learn and practice the better the results! Remember you can always use these 5 steps anytime you are photographing your kids in dress clothes, play clothes, costumes, mud…the list goes on. Now get out there and start snapping!