i know so many of you that have children and newborns that you enjoy capturing in photos day-to-day. it's frustrating for me to hear how folks will go out and buy a fancy camera to try and improve your shots... when it really has nothing to do with the camera at all! cameras these days all do a pretty incredible job of capturing true colors and clarity with a tremendous amount of digital detail. there is a great deal to learn before you begin worrying about the type of glass in your lenses and the size of your sensor, etc.
the biggest thing for a hobbyist or enthusiastic parent to keep in mind is this: you have to work a little to capture what your eyes actually see. the best part is that this doesn't cost you a thing except maybe a little time and patience for practice and experimentation.
so, i would like to start adding to my blog some minor adjustments and ideas that you can try out for yourself at home. no one will know that you are practicing but they will see improvements in your family photos! and it is ok if your stuff doesn't come out just like the shots in Parents magazine; remember those are professionals.
which brings me to my first point. there is value in having a professional photographer do your family shots. not just portraits but candids with the family in the outdoors and in their natural settings. you will see this is an art that is a bit trickier that it looks. if you want natural and fun shots of the family (with you in them) hire yourself a photographer for a few hours and agree on terms of reproduction. you will have made a wise and beautiful investment that you will enjoy for many years to come.
so, let's begin...
Rachel Alfonso-Smith is a native New Yorker that has relocated to Katy, Texas.
A proud member of the PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS