anyway, my need to do laundry also means y'all are in for a treat! i have one more incredible guest blogger and you're not going to want to miss this one. so, veronica armstrong, one very talented photographer, is taking over for the day. take it away, veronica...
Never miss a shot with these 5 photography tips.
The light is perfect. Your house is spotless. The kids are hugging.
But where is your camera?
You rush around the house. Thrashing about like a maniac in search of your camera bag. Finally!
You found it!
It's too late. Junior has moved on from snuggling his sister to poking the dog with a stick. The moment is gone.
1. Give your camera a home: Pick a safe (out of reach from children and/or pets) spot for your camera and leave it there. Always. Finding your camera will eventually become as natural to you as finding the fridge. You won't have to even think about it. It's there when you need it.
2. Mind your settings: Always make sure that your camera is ready to go by resetting your settings after each shoot. Most of us spend a decent amount of time with our cameras inside our homes. We know the light and have preferred shooting locations. Set your ISO, white balance, aperture, and shutter speed accordingly so you aren't fumbling around with settings when a surprise photo opportunity pops up. I keep my camera at ISO, auto white balance, f 2.2, and adjust my shutter speed accordingly depending on what I'm shooting/which lens is on the camera.
3. Wipe it down: And by "it" I mean you, the kids, and your home. My home and kids aren't always spotless and photo shoot ready but I make a decent effort at keeping their faces clean and surfaces clutter free. It's not easy but it too becomes second nature. I'm a minimalist and it has served me well as a photographer. I don't usually have busy backgrounds to contend with but I do know the challenge. We currently live in student housing and I've had to get creative. Baskets, under the bed storage, and closets are my best friend. Move what you can and clean what you can't. Of course a few smudges on the coffee table won't ruin a great shot but it's always nice to avoid it if you can.
4. Remain neutral: Don't judge me, but I totally choose my kids clothes based on photo appeal. I try to stick to neutral palettes and timeless clothes when possible. My kids don't own many articles of clothing with cartoon characters or crazy patterns on them. Super trendy or character covered clothes appear dated in photographs. It's not a huge deal but I like to avoid it when I can. It doesn't have to cost you a fortune. Check out the GapKids & Carters outlets. Keep an eye on Zulilly too. Stock up when there's a sale. Same goes for your home furnishings. Nothing fancy. Just keep in mind that your Bieber poster might not look so hot in the background. Be mindful of your surroundings and when in doubt throw it out (or at least hide it under the bed).
5. Relax: Don't sweat the missed shots too much. You will be presented with thousands of beautiful moments to capture throughout your lifetime. Relax and keep practicing. You'll get there if you keep working. Not every shot has to be technically perfect. It just has to be perfect to you.
Here are some cute shots I was able to capture using the tips above: