My goal this past year was to become a better photographer. I thought buying a big fancy camera was going to solve my problems, but I realized I was missing even just some basic skills to go along with it. Just a few simple photography tips for moms can go a long way when capturing candid childhood moments and raw emotion through a young child’s day, a special event, while playing sports, or just whenever. Despite what camera you have, take a moment to make sure you have mastered these five photography tips for moms as shared by my photography instructor!
I recently went to a blogging conference and had the immense pleasure of meeting Beryl Ayn Young. She is an amazing photographer and great teacher! While I wasn’t signed up for her class, my sweet 7 month old started crying, forcing me to leave the session I was in and out into the hall where other bloggers were snapping pictures galore. And, well, I just happened to have my camera with me. And bam, I was learning all about photography and how to better utilize my camera. I went from having some great pictures to understanding what I was doing in order to capture incredible images! So, let me not only share with you some tips and images from learning these photography tips for moms, but I would love to share some links to Beryl’s incredible services so maybe her online classes can help you too! I have partnered as an affiliate with her on this post and hope you’ll love all she has to share in her Momtographie course!
Five Simple Photography Tips for Moms of Toddlers, Babies, and Young Kids
Don’t be afraid to get down on a different level to take a picture.
Whether you’re taking a picture from the top, underneath, or on the same level, there is beauty in varying your angle. When my camera lens broke and I could only afford a basic 50mm lens, I was forced to get creative with my positioning. I learned to move around and find a great angle that really told a story!
Black and White images can help “fix” your photos if the color or light isn’t right
I used to just pitch photos if I couldn’t fix the color. However, I didn’t realize that a great photo with the improper lighting can look dramatic and beautiful when turned to black and white. This has saved some precious gems that I would have otherwise tossed. And to make sure you’re getting as few of these problem pictures as possible, sign up for an online class to make sure you get some great photography tips and advice.
You don’t need fancy or expensive editing software to make your images even more beautiful.
PicMonkey is an amazing and free website that allows you to adjust your pictures as you need to to make them have an even more professional look. If you already use and know photoshop or other software, that’s great, but if you don’t, you’re not out of luck! And if you want to master the art of editing, Radiate is a great photography resource to help you get quick tutorials to edit photos fast and beautifully. In fact, check out the first chapter absolutely free.
When in doubt, shoot in AV mode.
No, auto is not your best friend. Go ahead and venture out. Switch your camera to AV mode and learn to use your settings a bit more. You can even take a great online photography class to help you learn more about ISO and aperture to make sure you’re getting the best shot possible.
Strategically choose your lighting.
Sit your children underneath a window with great light or under a shady tree to get a soft, but bright effect. Be sure you’re watching out for strange shadows and other things that editing either can’t or would be difficult to mask.
Interested in learning other photography tips for moms in the Momtographie course? Get the FAQ:
1. Can I take the class with a point & shoot, or do I need a fancy camera?
2. If I buy a DSLR/ or just one lens for my camera, which one would you most recommend?
3. How do I get a blurred background and will you teach that?
4. Can you teach me how to shoot without flash, even indoors?
5. I want to take pictures of my kids playing, at sporting events, or running, but they’re always blurry. Can you help?
Kara is an author, wife, and mother of 3 children living in Boston, MA. She has her degree in Secondary Education & Adolescent Childhood Development and is passionate about connecting with and even helping other parents on their journey to raise awesome kids!