I love taking pictures of my children but I am not sure that my kids feel the same about having their pictures taken.
When my babies were born, I developed a newfound admiration for newborn and family photographers who seemed to always get that perfect shot of the little ones they photographed. As for me, I gave up trying to get my children to pose for pictures not too long after we took them home from the hospital. Once they learned to walk, I just about lost all hope of ever getting a proper photo of them. That is when I realized I was going about this the wrong way.
Looking back at the pictures I have taken, I noticed that my favorites were not the ones where I told them where to stand and smile but the ones capturing moments of spontaneity. In fact, the best ones were the ones that triggered my memories and actually told a story. It was then that I realized that the most important factor in getting a good picture of my children had little to do with whether or not they sat or stood the precise way I asked them to, but had everything to do with where I was standing and when/how I chose to capture the moment.
As I mentioned on a previous post, one of my goals this year is to learn how to take better pictures. With summer well on its way and all the excitement it brings, I thought now would be a great time to review some photography tips.
This week as I was looking over my blog reading list, I stumbled upon a video that I found to be incredibly inspiring. Check out this amazing video about mommy photographer, Elena Shumilova and see for yourself:
Beautiful right?!! Talk about photography goals! After watching this video my eyes were filled with tears and I was convinced I needed to move to a farm!
Somehow I am not surprised that Elena’s pictures have reached more than 60 million views online.
Last year, Elena graciously shared a beautiful video with four simple tips on how to take better pictures of children. Check out her video below:
Here are her four tips for you to review:
- Photograph them every day
- Clothes shouldn’t be distracting
- Photograph when it’s a good time for them
- Relax. Have fun!
While I realize there is a lot more skill involved in capturing images like Elena’s, I think these four tips are a great place to start improving.
If watching these videos sparked your imagination and desire to learn more, here are some additional resources I found helpful:
If you are really serious about improving your photography and have a some cash to spare, you can check out these workshops offered by Clickinmoms.com. Although I have not had a chance to enroll in any of them yet, they look very interesting.
Here are a few of my favorite candid shots from the last few weeks:
What do you think?
If you have an Instagram account and would like to share your summer adventures with me and others from the Of Faith And Family community, I am starting the hashtag #offaithandfamily_summer. Feel free to tag the pictures you already took and the ones that are yet to come.
I look forward to seeing what y’all are up to and, who knows, maybe I will have a post at the end of summer with my favorites from the list.
Did you like this post? Was it helpful to you? I look forward to hearing from you in the comments below.