Capturing Mother’s Day

Capturing Mother’s Day

Capturing Mother’s Day Mother’s Day photography must start with us DEFINING THE WORD MOTHER: Wife, Sister, Lover, Housekeeper, lifesaver, chef, mentor, teacher, guardian angel, nurse, coach, storyteller, monster killer, planner, organizer, decorator, crafter, best friend, multi-tasking queen, superwoman……a woman we couldn’t live without. Mother’s Day photography on Mothering Sunday should be a day spent honouring the women who brought us into the world. A pretty big deal huh? So, if you are looking to surprise your Mum on this special day, there is nothing more unique than with a little bit of Mother’s Day photography. Therefore, this will be a great way to spend time with your family and a perfect opportunity to get portraits of motherhood, mothers to be, and even the Grandmothers. To begin with, before we grab the camera to hand, let’s take a step back for a second ** and breathe**… Mother’s Day photography requires a CONNECTION which gives your image MEANING. Furthermore, this is what keeps your image alive, and keeps the viewer’s attention, so it’s pretty vital you master and understands this before taking your shots. Mother’s Day Photography Tip: With shots that are personal and family focused, whether it’s Mother’s day, or not, the best way to get that ‘connection’ (we keep talking about) is to keep things NATURAL and CANDID! From the shots below you can see two very similarly positioned shots with a Mother and Daughter. The first, although technically very good, is very posed – it comes across a little forced, with a mountain of cheese grated on it. Secondly, the next shot is off the cuff and candid....
Tips For Getting Natural Smiles Out of Children

Tips For Getting Natural Smiles Out of Children

Tips For Getting Natural Smiles When Photographing Children   Photographing children can be difficult and often takes more time that you would expect. Be sure that you ask Mum and Dad if they want any particular shots as it can take all day in some cases. Here’s some top tips on how to get those natural looking smiles: 1. Cut the Cheese Telling a child to “say Cheese” often causes those awkward, forced faces that don’t truly capture who they are. You can’t expect a child to walk in to a photoshoot ready to smile on demand for a stranger. Instead, try simply talking to them first, find out what they like: • what’s their favorite lesson at school? • what food do they detest the most? • what do they want to be when they’re older…? Mix up the questions, and the reactions and expressions will naturally vary; this gives you, as the photographer, more to work with. For example, asking a child if they like eating sprouts, broccoli or gherkins might cause you to capture some very interesting (or funny) facial expressions. Create a bond between yourself and the child; that way you will appear less intimidating. When photographing children, don’t ask the child to smile, this can lead to making them feel uncomfortable, which will show in your photos, try making them laugh (or smile) naturally, for those glowing, uplifting images that Mum and Dad will adore! Tip: To really make children feel at ease, get down low. Lying (or crouching) down to the child’s eye level will help to make you look smaller and less...
Photographing Fairy Lights at Christmas

Photographing Fairy Lights at Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot ‘light’ Christmas… … and here at iPhotography™ HQ, we are getting ‘fairy’ excited! The days are getting shorter, the weather is turning frosty and most importantly, the soft twinkle of fairy lights are in the air; so, let’s discover how to make your Christmas sparkle by giving you a few tips for photographing fairy lights at Christmas… The Family Tree Fir trees have been decorated at Christmas time for hundreds of years and nowadays they can be spotted all around towns, shopping malls, local parks and in neighbourhood windows. Putting up the tree is a great family activity, from unraveling tangled wires thrown away last January, to the inevitable debate over whose turn it is to place the star at the top! Transforming your house into a temporary ‘Winter Wonderland’ is an event to be cherished by the whole family each and every time. It’s also another rare opportunity not to be missed with our camera. After all, Christmas comes but once a year. Christmas trees are an enchanted addition to your family living room when dressed with their glowing fairy lights, twinkling tinsel, and jingling bells. There’s nothing worse than photographing such a sensation with your pop-up flash! We are going to help you throw away all the bad habits when photographing these magical moments and instead, create memories with a real WOW factor! Sparkle and Shine To capture the perfect Christmas tree, you will need a tripod. If you don’t have one you could try using a steady surface, such as a table or arm of a chair, to rest your...