Your children are learning virtually either full-time or part-time. Either way, they are missing some of the traditional school activities that take place in the fall. Don't let school photos be one of the rights-of-passage that slips through the cracks. Read on to learn how you, yes YOU, can take fun photos of your kids at home that will be keepsakes of this unique school year.
1. Pick a time of day when the kids are at their best. Use your expertise to get that personality shining and those happy smiles! Early morning, after snack, after lunch, on the weekend?
2. Have your kids participate in the process by letting them select their outfit - crazy is OK mom, this is a crazy time!
3. Use natural light! Pick a spot with open shade like a under a tree or porch, this will direct the light to their adorable faces. Make sure there's no direct light on them or that they're not in a spot that makes them squint. You may have to move around a bit to find the best place for photos. The photos below were taken in the opening of a garage, against a bank of shrubs with trees hanging over, against a gate blocking the light coming from behind, and a tire swing under a tree.
4. Try a different perspective! Straight on can be boring. Try laying on the ground, get up on a step stool, have the kids sit on top of a play structure. If they're little and won't stop wiggling, have them lay on the ground looking up at you! That seems to keep them still long enough to snap a photo or two!
5. Make sure to get up close. You want to remember their freckles and missing teeth.
6. Have something for them to lean on, hang on, or to hold in their hands. It gives them something to do and will help them relax.
7. Most of all, make it FUN! Set up a special time, add some after session treats, and make it a fun memory they'll have forever!
The best thing about school photos at home?
Your furry friends can join in the fun!!
Whatever you do, make sure that you take photos this fall! Believe me when I say the time flies faster than you can blink. The photo at the top of this blog is my daughter - who is now a junior in college! Take the photos and then PRINT them! If you need more info along the way, just reach out to me and I'll share additional tips and print advice.
"The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do."