Now, the continuation from last week of Mommarazzi, 12 Tips for Moms with Cameras.
Tip # 6) It’s All In the Details
Details can make, or break, a photo shoot! It’s truly all about the details: a bow tie, a pair of red high heels, eye lashes that brush the cheek, a bow on each pig tail. My job as the photographer is to help outfit coach each person, so that they can have the best experience with me, and a beautiful outcome. It really does boil down to details. In photographs, DETAILS MATTER A LOT.
7) In Yo Face
See that Senior boy? He is deep in thought, focused on the game…..not really, but it looks like it.……believe it or not, not all photos have to be smiley, happy, full on face photos. Sometimes looking away from the camera, is more powerful than looking.
Speaking of faces, there is NOTHING wrong with leaving them out of the photo entirely!
8) Tell The Story
Photos should ALWAYS tell a story, even after we aren’t there to tell it.
A successful picture doesn’t need any words.
9) Crop It Like It’s Hot
I don’t always follow crop rules. I also like negative space, which means lots of wide open space above or even beside, the client or subject.
If you are a rule follower, here are some general tips: yes to cropping forehead, no cropping ears. Yes to arm cropping, no to elbows, wrists or fingers. Yes waist, above the knee and shin cropping, but no to ankles, or feet cropped off.
11) Collages & Text
Using collages allows me to showcase multiple pictures for the web space of 1 on my blog. I also think it’s a great way to share a bunch of pictures of your kids on Facebook without being obnoxious, just sayin!
There is a website that easily allows you to make collages with Text for FREE! I use it to make our Facebook Christmas card every year!
It’s called PicMonkey. There are tons of free options, crop, filters, txt, frames, stamps, labels, banners and just about anything else you could think of. If you want more options, simply join for 4.99 a month, or $33 a year. This unlocks all the great features like blush, blemish remover, eye pop, mascara, and gives 40% more features and tons more fonts! It’s really Photoshop for Dummies. And I am not calling you a dummy, I used it the entire first year in the business, and ADORED IT! Still do, just for collages now.
And our FINAL tip for today is….
12) Ordering Prints
Now that you have taken so many amazing photos of your home, your family, your snow-covered wreath and more, it’s time to get them printed!
Step one, buy some frames FIRST, then fill them later. I kept buying pictures and then not hanging them. Well, I didn’t find any frames I liked for that particular spot in my house. So I had an Ah HA moment. Buy the frames and make the collage FIRST, then fill it with pictures after. Now I know JUST what size to order.
WHERE you get your prints from makes a huge difference. This is not the time to go to Walmart or Walgreens. There are better options out there for not much more money! My personal favorite is Mpix.
Mpix is the only pro lab, that allows people like you and I, to order from them.
Prices can’t be beat: 4×6’s are 29 cents. 5×7’s are $1.09. 8×10’s are $2.09. And 11 x 14’s are $7.49. All printed on very high quality paper and are right on on color, I have never been unhappy with them!
Well, that’s our 12 tips!
I hope you learned a lot and the next time you find a cute baby in the middle of a really big mess, I hope you will smile, grab your camera, and remember what was talked about today.