(Posted July 5th 2016 @ 7:55 AM by: Melody Reever)
“Say cheeeeeeese!” We all know what these words mean. Taking pictures of your family shouldn’t bring a sense of dread or that feeling of impending doom. Here are a few tips to make this process simple and easy, all the while keeping your nerves intact.
- Cell phones + Instagram/Facebook = winning combo! If your computer crashes, you will be thankful that you have been posting your favorite photos. It’s OK to unashamedly “overgram”! There is a reason for that unfollow button. Close friends and family will love seeing your photos (and that should be all that really matters!). It is also a ton of fun to see what you were doing a year ago, and see how much your kids have grown—how great is Timehop? It’s basically become our modern-day diary.
- Get into the routine of taking at least one snapshot a day. It could be of something as simple as your child brushing his teeth, blowing bubbles, or even tying his shoe. I try to always capture my kids’ hobbies, any firsts, funny faces, monumental occasions, holidays, teeth being pulled, first steps, riding their bikes, etc.
- Find a spot that is easy to get to and has a nice backdrop feel to it. I use the old fence or the brick wall that are both on either side of my driveway. It takes all of two minutes to stop and shoot a couple of shots of your kiddos on the way to the car before they do the inevitable of spilling something on their clothes or becoming disheveled. By making this a part of your routine, you will avoid the usual wailing and gnashing of teeth that seems to be associated with “let me take your picture!”
- Think outside the box. Photos don’t always have to be posed or the subjects looking at you. Some of my favorite pictures of my children are when they are laughing while looking at one another or perhaps my daughter twirling in her favorite dress. I also love personality shots. Don’t be afraid to kneel! Shooting from their level will sometimes give your photo a better perspective.
- Are you dealing with a super-cheesy smile? If you make your child genuinely laugh, then the cheesy grin will disappear. Say something funny, make a crazy noise, or maybe dance a jig.
- Some call it bribery; others call it rewards. Whatever you call it, it does seem to work. Candy can be your friend with smaller children. You will know just the thing to say to give your child incentive to behave. My children know that we can shoot photos for two minutes if they cooperate—or two hours if they don’t.
- Lastly, never make your child cry before or during a shoot! If you need to, take a breather. Sometimes a change of scenery will do the trick. At times, I just follow my children around, waiting for them to get their wiggles out so they’ll look at me! Play peek-a-boo or whatever you find that works. If you do it daily, they will know what to expect and won’t mind taking pictures. This will be very beneficial when you are actually paying a photographer!
Practice makes perfect! Good luck, my fellow momarazzi!
Kelli Orange, "Splash of Class"