So, I love Pinterest! I have tons of articles, tutorials, blog posts, etc pinned on my Photography board. In reading these articles, I have found common themes and tips. I learned from church that if something is repeated often the it’s important and you should remember it. So when I kept seeing the same advice, I took it. I now share them with you. Please keep in mind I am an amateur photographer. The pictures below are from various years, taken with different cameras and lenses; many have not been edited.
Tip #1: Get to know your subject. Spend a few minutes talking with your subject. During that time pay attention to what draws a smirk or makes them laugh. If you tell my daughter to smile she gives some weird cheese smile. In order to get a sincere smile from her I bring up her cousin, Jared, who she has a crush on. You can tell the difference in these two pictures.
Here are some more shots I got after bringing up her crush. I love the smiling eyes.
By the way here’s a picture of Jared. You can almost feel the love. Hehe
Tip #2: Show your subject items they love like candy and toy for solid eye contact and excitement. Candy works best for my kids.
Tip #3: Capture the moments that highlight their personality and documents what makes them special and unique. I try to worry less on staging and focus on the little quirks my kids have.
Tip#4: Remove distraction from the background to focus attention on the subject.
Tip #5: Try different angles. Also, remember it’s ok to cut part of the face off. Change the perspective and get a completely different picture.
Tip #6: The rule of thirds. Divide your shot into thirds vertically and horizontally. Position your subject along the grid lines for an interesting and balanced look.
Tip #7: Capture the beauty around you.