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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tips for Better Pics - of MOM

Do you have a gazillion pics of your kids, but few that include you? The Cool Moms I've featured struggle to find a recent photo of themselves. Caroline is almost 4 and I think I have one picture of just the two of us that I love. 

I asked Ashley, a great photographer, for some advice on capturing those frame-worthy moments. My tip, learned the hard way: Take a shower, fix your hair, put on make up. Your kids will always look great, so worry less about their outfit and spend the time on yourself. Read on for Ashley's great tips!

P.S. Don't you love her photos? You can see more of her work here. And no, that's not me in the photos - but isn't the little girl adorable?!



Having a family photo taken should not be a dreaded experience for a mom, but let’s face it, it almost always is. I photograph a lot of families and while it's always hard to get everyone looking good on the count of three, moms have a particularly trying time. Here are a few tips to make the shoot more enjoyable and create photographs that won’t make you cringe.

  • Think Ahead: Planning ahead will allow you be comfortable in front of the camera. That’s why children always photograph so well, they have so few worries compared to adults!  Have toys around that you know your kids love so the photographer can use them in a pinch. Style your hair so that strands can’t make a run for it when you are in the middle of the action. Make sure the kids are dressed appropriately for the weather if shooting outside. 
  • Posture and pose: It’s easy to forget to stand up straight with with your shoulders back when you have one child balanced on your hip and another child leaning against your knees. Use your core while holding a child so that you’re not leaning over to balance the weight of the baby. Slightly angle your body so that it's not parallel to the camera for a flattering angle and put your weight on your back leg to help improve posture.
  • Clear Vision: If you can’t see the camera, the camera can’t see you. I know it's obvious but occasionally parents believe that their child’s head makes a great window when really it's better used as a wall.
  • Look at the Camera:  If you and your child are in position, don’t be so concerned with making your kid smile. That’s the photographer’s job. I cannot tell you how many great group shots are ruined because the parents are looking at their children instead of at the camera. It's hard enough to snap a shot when the child has a natural smile but having to worry about other family members looking down at the child makes a group shot almost impossible.
  • Lens Perspective: Whatever is closest to the lens will be the biggest in the photograph, proportionally speaking. If you are not so happy with the size of your upper arms, be sure that they are not the closest body part to the camera. If they are it will surely draw attention to that area of the body.

     

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14 Comments:

At March 22, 2011 at 10:54 AM , Blogger Alicia Stucky said...

lol recently I did a post a post about my birthday, which was unusal because I almost never blog about myself - and trying to find pictures of myself took longer than it did to write the post! If I am lucky enough to get featured in a photo I'm usually looking at the camera with a gaping, stupid smile, trying to get my kids as excited as me to look at the camera. It's humiliating lol

 
At March 22, 2011 at 11:01 AM , Blogger Heather said...

Ah yes! The last family photo we took, my son was 3 months old and we haven't had a family photo since. He is now 2. Actually we took one in front of our tree at Christmas. I suppose it was a decent photo...but I would prefer an out doorsy photo, like your beautiful pics! Very nice! And your daughter is adorable!!

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Heather From and Mommy Only Has Two Hands!

 
At March 22, 2011 at 11:33 AM , Blogger The Survival Mama said...

Awesome photos!!!!!
I'm always BEHIND the camera, and my hubby is apparently allergic to the camera, so I have almost NO pictures of me - either alone, or with the kids. I think I'm going to set up an annual photog appointment every fall!!

Thanks for riding the train today!
The Survival Mama

 
At March 22, 2011 at 12:00 PM , Blogger MALINDA WINKLE said...

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At March 22, 2011 at 12:59 PM , Blogger Elle said...

We need to have a family picture taken so bad!! I hate pictures of myself always, but I do make sure we have good ones of our son. Thanks for the tips! : )

 
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At March 22, 2011 at 1:38 PM , Blogger Donna @ The House on the Corner said...

Thanks so much for hopping on the Tuesday Train!! I'm following you back!

 
At March 22, 2011 at 2:35 PM , Blogger Siv Maria said...

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At March 22, 2011 at 4:03 PM , Blogger houseofhansens said...

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At March 22, 2011 at 4:29 PM , Blogger MommyWantsToRead said...

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At March 22, 2011 at 7:28 PM , Anonymous mymy said...

love the tips!

hi, am a new follower; hope you can follow back :)

mymy
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At March 22, 2011 at 7:53 PM , Blogger Lolly Jane said...

great tips, always looking for those! new follower from tara's hop! come visit soon.
xo-kelli & kristi
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At March 23, 2011 at 8:51 AM , Blogger Neil and Adrienne said...

Ugh! I always take the pictures of Finn and his dad and try to avoid being in them - such a good topic - I mean, maybe I can get over myself so that Finn can have a picture of me when I was "Mama" (!)

 
At March 31, 2011 at 11:40 AM , Anonymous Courtney @ We Three Dyes said...

Awesome topic! I was practically born with a camera in my hand. However, unless there is a non-family member around, I'm never in the "family" pictures. Our family pictures consist of my husband and our daughter. I know most rules of photography and have been subtly teaching my husband my tricks of the trade. But my own portrait is still somewhat taboo, since I am so gosh darn picky!

New Follower from the Hop a Little Tuesday Hop:)

Cheers!
Courtney

 

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