Photo ideas to try at home
Hi all, I’m Andie – Project and Event Coordinator at Reframing Disability. In my free time I’m also an avid photographer.
I love taking creative pics of my children and family, toys and anything that catches my eye.
You can take awesome pics too! You don’t need to be a professional or have a fancy camera to take great photos – in fact the best camera is the one you have on you at the time.
Given that everyone has a camera in their hands at nearly all time these days – there’s no excuse for not snapping a pic! And nowadays phone cameras have exceptional quality.
And don’t worry about making mistakes – that’s the wonderful thing about the digital age. You can snap as many photos as you want and choose the best out of the lot.
Here are a few creative ideas you might like to try out. Get the kids involved too, have them take some pics. Kids get super creative with set ups and it’s a joy to watch.
All need to create gorgeous portraits of your children is a large window with natural light (NOT direct sunlight) and, preferably, an uncluttered background. Window light is free, readily available, and great for beginners. Try different angles or different times of day for other effects in your photos.
Create a fun portrait using your child’s favourite toys, games, or stuffed animals. Get as creative as you like! Try different toys, different poses. Try putting the photo in black and white for a more serious portrait.
Try using water in your photos. Trust me, your kids won’t say no! Have your kids play with the hose or water balloons. Capture them jumping in a puddle or running through a sprinkler. When shooting outdoor photos, try and avoid direct sunlight. Direct sunlight is very hard and creates lots of contrast on your child’s skin, often seen as dark shadows and bright spots. On the other hand, light shade will generally give a soft, even tone.
Get down to their level
It sounds obvious but remember that you’re much taller than your children. Don’t spend all your time looking down on them. With children, you just want to get a genuine expression or a warm moment, so you can get as low to the ground as possible to create an image that feels more connected with your child.
Try cropping your photos differently, so one part is the focal point. Not everything needs to be centered or straight. Crop faces out if the focus should be on another part.
There are so many props you can use at home. Try utensils and make different shapes, or maybe try reflections off glasses. There’s plenty of food in your fridge to get creative with. And don’t forget about the backyard!
My personal favourite is to use the kids’ toys around the house.
It could be something as simple as a doll portrait or perhaps get your child involved. Take a toy outside in the grass and pose it. There are so many options – use your imagination!
Most importantly – Have fun! The memories you make will last a lifetime in photos!
All photos by Andie Scibilia