I’ve teamed up with my sweet and super talented mamá friend, Nikki Andal. She’s a mom of two boys and the avid photographer behind Nikki Andal Photography. She loves chocolate, waffles, and nap time! She has 20+ years of photography experience and loves capturing the everyday moments that make life precious.
And today, she’s sharing 5 of her photographer secrets for taking great back-to-school photos. So pour yourself a cup of joe, tea (or whatever you prefer), sit back and enjoy this awesome post filled with tons of great photography info!!
Back to school season is here! The first day of school is an exciting time for both kids and parents. It’s also the perfect time to get the cameras and smart phones ready to capture this special day. To help get your photos Facebook and Instagram ready I’ve put together my 5 best tips for taking a great back-to-school picture. Let’s get snapping!
Tip 1 Schedule time for photos.
There’s always a lot going on the morning of the first day of school. Lunches are being made, bags are being packed and the perfect outfit is ready and waiting. To ensure you have time to capture the perfect picture, schedule 10 – 15 minutes. This will help avoid the last-minute scrambles. Taking pictures should be fun and not rushed or stressful.
Tip 2. Choose the right lighting.
I love natural lighting! If weather permits get outside and have your kids pose by the front door or even on the sidewalk. Natural light makes a huge difference and it creates a bright and cheerful photo of your little ones. If you are taking your photos indoors, try to make sure you are by a large window or sliding glass door. The more light the better. Try and have your back to the window and make sure your child is facing it.
Tip 3. Change your angle
When you’re taking photos of your kids don’t be afraid to move around! Have fun with different perspectives. Shoot from the front and capture their new outfit. Shoot from the back and get a shot of their backpack. All of the little details are part of their back-to-school story too.
Tip 4: Use the rule of thirds
The rule of thirds is a basic photography technique. It’s all about positioning your subjects slightly off to one side, above, or below. If you can, try to avoid having your kids in the center of the frame. By simply using the rule of thirds your photos will be more interesting. To learn more about rule of thirds check out my post 5 tips to help you take better pictures with your smartphone
Tip 5. Don’t say cheese!
If your kids are anything like mine, the moment I tell them to say cheese they stop smiling. Or, they force a smile that isn’t natural. Instead of getting a forced smile or unnatural pose, just start talking. Ask them about school, or about their favorite activity they did this summer. Get them laughing and smiling and before you know it you’ve captured beautiful memories that you’ll look back on often!
Don’t forget to be in the pictures!
You’re also a part of their special day so don’t forget to snap some photos with you in them! From hugs to high fives, you’ve been there for all their firsts. This is another one that you don’t want to miss.
Most importantly have fun! Do you have a creative idea for your child’s back to school (or first day of school) photo? Share it in the comments! And stop by Nikki Andal’s site to download FREE back-to-school printables. NikkiAndal.com
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