Summer is a glorious time full of photo-taking potential. From graduations and weddings to family vacations and those terrific summer holidays, the next three months are packed with memory-making potential.
Solidifying those memories with the perfect photo is easier said than done, especially with rambunctious little ones whose patience for the camera is minimal. Don't fret! You can get the photos you want, both candid and posed, with a few expert tips from the pros at Lifetouch Preschool Portraits.
Different events will call for different outfits; however, the best pictures often feature attire that lets kids' personalities shine. You know them best, so keep this in mind when selecting the day's duds. Hats, vests and jackets are adorable on kids, but make sure accessories don't overwhelm the look. Blending layers and textures adds dimension to an outfit and photo. For group photos, coordinate colors but stop short of matching. Finally, if you're still perplexed, solid-colored pants and shirts are always classic, and the camera loves them.
When you're at big events, the last thing a child wants to do is stop the fun to stand still and take pictures. Sure, playtime is great for candid shots, but when you want a portrait you need focus. To help impatient kids, allow some time to transition. Get down at their level and have a quick chat about their favorite color, TV show, etc. Talk about the event and who's attending that they know. You might even have a small (tidy) treat, like a mint, ready on hand. After a few minutes of chatting, kids are likely to be more open to photo time than if you pulled them mid-stride from a game of tag.
A natural smile
With tots it's often difficult to get a nice, natural smile. Fortunately, you don't have to choose between a grumpy face or a smile that looks forced. One trick is to ask kids to close their eyes. After a few seconds, make an animal noise, such as a big loud "moo" or "cock-a-doodle-doo!" They'll open their eyes, perhaps confused, and then typically break out in a big old grin that perfectly captures their personality. Another trick is to simply say they better not smile. Not even a little bit. Don't do it! Oh, no ... they can't resist grinning from ear to ear.
A sunny summer day is lovely for family gatherings, but those harsh rays make it difficult to take good photos. Overcast days often have the best light for photographs, but if you can't avoid the sun, just make sure you avoid the shadows. No one wants a great family photo ruined by the dark lines from a nearby branch. Squinty eyes from the sun should be avoided also. Try to take photos when the sun is either very low or high. Even a passing cloud might give you a brief moment of ideal light. What's more, take a few shots for good measure. You can always delete any bad ones. Isn't digital photography great?
Happy summer, wherever your family adventures lead you!
Use our expert tips to get the perfect picture for your summertime occassions such as graduations, weddings or a summer Picture Day.