beyond cheese: how to take better photos of your kids: tip 3

My final tip in my series of how to take better photos of your kids! This week's tip: Get down to your child's level.

You'll feel much more that you're interacting with them in the photo, rather than towering from above. Sit down on the ground with them. Play. Tell them jokes. Sing a song. See the world from their point of view.

And here's one I took while playing on the floor with my little guy and our abundantly patient cat.Minneapolis lifestyle portraits

Yes, he has purple slippers. Yes, they used to be his sister's. Classy, huh.

Hope to see you at my WiseMamas discussion this Thursday June 10, 2010 at Health Foundations Family Health and Birth Center! This event will include an informal presentation on how to take better photos, a question and answer session, and a goodie bag for each registered attendee! Please visit the Wise Mamas facebook event page to RSVP and reserve your goodie bag!

beyond cheese: how to take better photos of your kids: tip 2

This is my second post in a series about how to take better photos of your kids. This week's tip: Find that gorgeous light outdoors!

So now that you're turning off your flash (see last week's post!) you'll want to start looking for beautiful sources of light.

Some basic guidelines:

- Avoid direct sun, especially midday - If you're in full sun, look for open shade - If there's no shade, face away from the sun to avoid squinting children and harsh shadows - The best time of day for beautiful outdoor light is early morning or late afternoon/evening (1-2 hours before sunset)

We'll go much deeper into finding the light in my WiseMamas discussion on Thursday June 10, 2010 at Health Foundations Family Health and Birth Center. This event will include an informal presentation on how to take better photos, a question and answer session, and a goodie bag for each registered attendee! Please visit the Wise Mamas facebook event page to RSVP and reserve your goodie bag! And as long as you're heading over to facebook, go ahead and "like" my photography page as well!

This photo is a great example of all four of the techniques listed above:

It was taken late in the afternoon when the sun was very low in the sky. The subject is facing away from the sun, in a somewhat shaded area. There's just nothing like dappled sunlight streaming through low branches to create such gorgeous texture in a photo.

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beyond cheese: how to take better photos of your kids: tip 1

I am so excited to have been invited to lead a discussion at the WiseMamas group next month. WiseMamas is a group dedicated to supporting families interested in natural health. They meet on a monthly basis at Health Foundations Family Health and Birth Center in St. Paul to discuss a variety of natural health topics. This is a free event, and is open to the public, so please come and join us! Thursday June 10, 6pm Health Foundations Family Health and Birth Center 968 Grand Avenue Saint Paul, MN, 55105

I'll be talking about how to take better photos of your kids, using whatever camera you have on hand. The event will include an informal presentation on how to take better photos, a question and answer session, and a goodie bag for each registered attendee! Please visit the Wise Mamas facebook event page to RSVP and reserve your goodie bag!

Each week leading up to the discussion, I'll feature a new tip here on my blog about how to take better photos.

This week's tip: Turn off your flash!

Your camera's flash tends to blast your subjects with light, and they will end up looking washed out and pale. And very flat. Turn off your auto flash, and start looking at the quality of the surrounding light (more on that next week!). Your photos should improve dramatically.

Check back here over the next few weeks to learn more tips about how to take better photos of your kids (or grandkids, or friends' kids!) Subscribe to my blog using the link above, so you won't forget to check back!

Can't post without a photo... my beautiful Beatrice. No flash. :)

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