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How to be an Awesome Faux-tographer!
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Welcome to our first official guest post! I connected with a local photographer, Alicia Gines to bring you a post all about getting better pics of your kids! Lets face it, we can’t always have a professional photographer hanging around for every special moment and event in life. But, most of us always have a cell phone handy! Alicia Gines Photography is located here in California’s Central Valley. She provides a wide rage of services and can help you capture life’s biggest moments – from your engagement photos, to your wedding day, to your maternity pictures, the arrival of your newborn, and baby’s first birthday. She covers it all. It took weeks to get together with Alicia because she’s in such high demand here! And I could see why right away. After our initial meeting, I could tell that Alicia truly looks to connect with her clients in a way that others don’t. She wants to be there with you through all of life’s milestones. You’ll end up being her friend as much as you will her client! Her pictures are beautiful, and her style is elegant and natural. I highly recommend contacting her if you are looking for a photographer in the Stockton/Valley area. You can find even more about Alicia here, and then go check out her amazing galleries!
It’s truly an honor to be invited onto a community blog where everyone, more importantly, mommies can share the greatest of insights with one another, and I’m so excited to share with you mine!! I’m a mommy and a friend first, and then I am a professional photographer and business owner of Alicia Gines Photography. Everything that I am today, began with me being a mommy. I, like many people, want the best for my children, and that includes photos of them. You don’t have to be the best photographer or even a photographer at all to be able to take beautiful and memorable photos of those “it” moments of your children. I personally rarely ever take out my professional cameras and equipment to take photos of my kiddos. I’m not gonna lie, I have “professional” photo shoots for my kids, but certainly not as much as you’d think! “Why?” you ask. Well, because I am a mommy first! I take the photos to remember the moment as it is and so I can quick share that moment with family/friends. Once I capture that moment, I put my phone and enjoy the kiddos for what they are doing now. In the end, you want to have that memory in your heart and not just in a jpeg. So, with that said, I’ve put together a very simple (but looks really long) list of those “it” moments that I’ve personally captured of my kiddos over a few months in a very non professional manner; via my i-phone and instagram.
To start you off here are some major pointers. I will touch more on these specific pointers in the photo captions:
- Lighting- Lighting is the most important factor to a photo. Without it you have a black photo, or at best a grainy photo. You want to find the best light source within your home which is going to be near a window during the day, and probably your kitchen during the evenings. When outside, your best option is a shady spot under a tree or with your subject’s back to the sun.
- Location, Location, Location- Location is next most important. Your location depicts a lot of what the subject is about. If your child is eating in the bath tub, obviously something is wrong with that picture lol. Make sure your location and your subject are clean and make sense together. Your best option is a blank wall, door, or a nice clean room.
- Focus- You would think focus is the most important thing ever, and yes it is very vital to a picture but there are many wonderful photos that have a soft focus or even a blur to them. In order to get good focus you want good lighting and that will help you out! If you can’t seem to get the swift little kiddo of yours to not be blurry try having them stop moving and pretend to do whatever it is you’re wanting to capture, that or move your location to somewhere that is better lit.
- Capturing the moment- Often at times we catch ourselves saying “awh that’s so cute” and then find ourselves taking a hundred pictures where not even one can sum up that adorable “awh so cute” that you were seeing. This is where the first three steps come into play. Repeat those, call it a “moment captured” and put down the camera/phone and enjoy the moment before it’s passed.
- Camera- Funny seeing you at the end of the list, Camera! Like I mentioned in my intro, I use my i-phone. You don’t need to run out and buy a DSLR or even anything over $300 in order for you to capture a beautiful moment. Just say no to expensive cameras unless you are going pro and by that I mean getting a license and paying taxes. Get a camera (or a phone) that has a good mega pixel count on it (8-10). After that, repeat steps 1-4.
(Below) A quick photo of my daughter’s setup of her very first “alone” tea party with her lovies. Any other angle simply wasn’t as grand in my mommy opinion, because you couldn’t see her awesome tea party guests and their food.
(Below) For me, there’s always some kinds of crazy things happening at a restaurant with the kiddos so, it’s a must to know how to get that cute pic!! Bring a little surprise toy to offer them if they are good and you’ll for sure get that sweet photo.
(Below) There’s always a naked moment needing to be captured. Keep it kid friendly and appropriate for everyone to see because chances are it will be seen by many people.
(Below) Sometimes they do things without being told, capture it! Peeking around the corner I caught this one; them reading together aloud!
(Below) Adorable!! Washing her hands for the first time alone…who’d think a public bathroom could produce a cute memorable photo? Better yet, did YOU think to capture something like this with your kiddo?
(Below) Certainly isn’t an award winning photo due to the lighting (camera phone flash), but it is beyond memorable for me especially since she’s growing out of this “dress myself” stage. The trick here was to find a blank wall.
(Below) A day at the park or a sport in a field doesn’t need to be; “that speck there is Timmy playing soccer, etc” Trick here is to get at their level of play (1st pic). And for (2nd pic) look almost straight down on them to lose any horizons in the background and focus on the child. If it’s a sports game and you cant get this close, have a posed shot or two before or after the game and put the gadgets away during the game to enjoy your little one while they are little!
(Below) Keep bath time pics appropriate. Make sure nothing private is showing, you best bet for bath time is get at their level and shoot low. I had to capture them playing finger paints in the tub!! Looks like the ABCs & 123′s are making an impact!
(Below) Capturing those simple “it” moments couldn’t be easier. Get at their level and always provide a good, clean, and simple background. I’d like to point out the lighting here is directly from the opened front door and front window.
I hope that this has made some impact on all of you mommies (and daddies) out there and hope that you enjoyed it!!
I look forward to the comments and questions that any of you may have!!
Thank you so much Bekki for allowing me to be a guest writer here on your wonderful blog.
Check out Alicia Gines Photography here.
And find her on Facebook here.
I hope to have Alicia back here soon for more fun posts, so leave her some comment love!