If you look at the websites of some of the better photographers out in Internet land, you will notice that they have a certain style that they shoot. If you look closer, you will notice a bit more about that. Look at the colors in the photos. See how the antique chair matches their client’s wardrobe or how a prop adds a pop of color. These “lifestyle” photographers approach their clients with more of a “fashion shoot” than a take-what-you-get-sit-and-smile attitude.
Composing photos is more than just basic composition of a shot in the camera. Look at a painting and notice the balance of colors. When you take the time to actually set up a shoot, try to make the picture cohesive shot. This is one of my favorites. Do you think I had a plan in mind when I took it? Why, yes I did!
I realize that most of the photos we take are of our kids. We take what we can get in that realm. I am trying to approach my photography from a fresh perspective. Now when I try to get them dressed, they actually voice an opinion. Who told them they could do that?
This is what happened when I tried to match the umbrella to her dress for her birthday pictures this year.
Yeah…a bit of non-cooperation going on there. At least I had a plan right??
I think the key is to just be easy going and make it more play-like. Once they have the pressure on, they tend to get not so thrilled. No matter how many M&M’s you have. I get the best pictures when we are just outside playing, which is why I usually make sure they wash their faces and have a clean shirt on before we go outside. I have ulterior motives. 😉
So…that’s my little tip for the day. Nothing too big, but this is summer and I’m short on time again. Off again for a family reunion today in my hometown…AGAIN. It will make my Grandma Jo happy, so totally worth it, of course.