Cheaty Cheater Cheaterson
Ok, I seriously am cheating here with this repost of a guest blog I did a few weeks ago but I haven’t blogged in DAYS and I’m starting to feel the symptoms of withdrawal. You see I’ve hit a bit of a plateau in my weight loss so I’m being forced to…SIGH….exercise. Have I ever mentioned before how much I loathe exercising? In case you missed it, I would rather dangle giant pieces of chocolate cake in front of my face whilst sticking a fork in my eye rather than exercise. Buuuut S. Geek wasn’t too fond of the idea of my stabbing myself
you know that would probably set a pretty bad example for the kids and all. So I’ve started using the treadmill a couple of nights a week, and getting all of my regular stuff done, and trying to find the time to keep up with my hobbies like blogging and sewing and sleeping. Anyway, I wrote this a few weeks ago but I’m going to repost it in case any of you missed it. Next week I’ll get back to some originals, K?
Like many of you out there I wanted to increase the quality of my family photos in 2011. What a nice thought eh? Yeah, well it can be as easy as experimenting with the way you think about portraits of your kids. Think about it, those studio sittings, everyone’s knees bent facing the same way it all gets a bit stale I think. Plus, those untrained ‘photographers’ at the grocery store make me want to rip out my arms they’re so frustrating to work with! So, why not take better photos at home, every day so that you’ll remember what your kids were actually like!
For a long time I considered setting up a ‘studio’ in the basement but then it occurred to me that I really don’t need that many photos of my kids sitting against a black backdrop grimacing at me while I wave a Dora doll above my head. Instead I went through the internets to find some ways to inject a little something extra into my photos. Read on for some great ideas that I’ve been seeing some great success with!
Change Your Perspective
Lay down on the floor, get up on a chair, place yourself in a different position than what’s normally expected. A lot of times you’ll see photographers take pictures at eye level, but this doesn’t always tell the whole store. Here I’ve taken a picture of my son, Nay, it’s Christmas morning and I’ve framed him with his trucks and taken the picture at a tilt to add some interest in.
Also, just a little side note for those of us that have a little extra padding around our faces. Having a picture taken from above can really help out with the whole double chin look!
Line of Sight
Not all pictures need to have a deep penetrating look straight into the lens. Replacing the line of sight can add a lot of interest for your viewers. Here I’ve got a photo of Cake looking high up and past me at something that is clearly exciting for her. While most people know about the rule to leave space for your subject to look into or move into, it’s also a good idea to break this rule once in awhile and go the opposite way. I tried it, and I liked it! I’m totally singing the Yo Gabba Gabba song with that right now…you go Muno!
Breaking the Rules of Composition
This has got to be one of my favourite photos that I’ve taken in a long time. My husband, S. Geek is dead centre in the frame and it is so painfully obvious he is the subject that it makes it pretty awesome. While the typical composition rules wouldn’t agree with my awesomeness ruling, I think that the story and feeling in this picture have been conveyed perfectly. And that really is the purpose of capturing these memories on ‘film’ (SD card, whatever) to not just have a picture, to have a memory saved.
Focus on a Body Part
This photo is from a baptism shoot I did recently, here the boy is waiting his turn and his Papa is holding on to him. I love the way the boy is ever so gently holding his Papa’s hand, just as if it’s enough to keep him from being worried. I imagine the boy is getting the comfort he needs in this different situation, his Papa helping him along. Also, this is a great example of texture in a photo as well, the soft hands, the leather, the crisp cotton, the glowy lights in the background. Beautiful.
Movement isn’t Always Bad
I received a fancy pants flash for Christmas from S. Geek and while taking some sit downs of the family after the baptism there was a slight disconnect and my flash didn’t discharge during some of the photos and I have to admit, I’m loving the results. Let’s call it a happy mistake, shall we? Here we’ve got Mom and Dad with their recently baptized during naptime little people. The boys were tired, and were completely all done with sitting with Grandparents and Aunts and just wanted to get away. It also helps that these are busy, busy boys who rarely sit still for a minute so the fact that there is some major blur going on is just part of their story. So don’t toss away those shots where the tracers are taking over because they too can be worthy of admiration.