Creative & Quirky Family Portrait Tips

Creative & Quirky Family Portrait Tips

Creative and Quirky Family Portrait Tips Family portraits are one of the most exciting areas of photography, as you never know what you’re going to encounter! Well, who wants regular family portraits these days? Here at iPhotography™ we love stretching boundaries, pushing limits and “getting funky with it”… as Dad would say. Brace yourselves, family portraits are about to be turned upside down and inside out! We are going to share some exciting tips and ideas with you, that will make your Nan so proud she’ll be sharing them with all her friends down at the bingo hall!! Are Family Portraits Important?  Family photos are a tradition that have existed for decades and will undoubtedly live on until the end of time; they are a treasured possession. Parents and grandparents all want timeless shots that stand the test of time and remind us of particular moments and events throughout our life journey – they are priceless, personal and more valuable to us than anything else we own or keep in our houses. Everyone in the world, and of any age, wants to stop time and snap those precious moments, whether that be at weddings, parties, birthdays or even personal intimate moments like pregnancy. Hats off to photographers who dedicate so much of their time to photograph and demonstrate how creative and inspiring a family portrait can be! To inspire you, we have put together some ideas to get the ball rolling. If you’ve never done a family or group portrait before don’t be intimidated or put off by the idea, just start off by working amongst your nearest and...
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....
Memorable Travel Photography Tips & Ideas: The Complete Guide

Memorable Travel Photography Tips & Ideas: The Complete Guide

Memorable Travel Photography Tips & Ideas: The Complete Guide Have you ever wanted to take better vacation pictures? Or learn the best travel photography tips and tricks from experienced travel photographers to help capture these unforgettable moments from a once-in-a-lifetime trip across the world?  …well then, you need to check out this complete travel photography guide packed full of ideas and unique tips from the experienced words of the iPhotography Tutors on how to take stunning travel photography and create memorable images to fill your travel albums. Introducing Travel Photography Who wouldn’t want to pack up their belongings and travel the world with their camera? Well whether it’s a long weekend, 2 weeks in the sun or a gap year that you’re planning then there’s always an opportunity to create some stunning and iconic photographs to add color to your travels. You may be travelling to the big city, a quiet cove away from the world or rarely ventured villages in distant forests, either way, we are here to help you with packing for that journey so you can return home with stories that will filter down the generations. We are going to look at how you and your trusty camera can return home with wondrous images that will make your friends and family green with jealousy! Research Your Trip If you’ve already chosen your destination then you need to know what’s on offer in terms of travel photography opportunities, so researching your trip is vital to do before you jet off. The internet is a fabulous source of information to be able to look up your destination and...
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...
Stunning Portrait Photography Tips & Ideas: The Complete Guide

Stunning Portrait Photography Tips & Ideas: The Complete Guide

Stunning Portrait Photography Tips & Ideas: The Complete Guide Have you ever wanted to take better pictures of your family or friends? Or just learn the best portrait photography tips from professional photographers to help capture these unforgettable candid moments in your life? Then you’re in the right place because this guide, created by the amazing snappers at iPhotography™, is packed full of portrait photography tips for the beginner. What’s more, it’s loaded with vital tricks and techniques for improving your portraits for the more experienced photographer. History of Portrait Photography The photographic portrait has been around almost since the birth of photography. As humans, we’re the easiest and most interesting subjects to photograph. So, let’s just rewind ourselves a little bit to learn a few fun facts on the timeline of portrait photography. Portrait Photography Camera Settings Coming back to the modern day now and we should explore what camera options are available to us to helps us create some amazing portraits. First and foremost, any camera can be used for portrait photography. However, there will be features and functions specific to some camera types that makes your portraits that bit more dramatic. It all depends on what kind of portrait you want to shoot. Having the option to use wide apertures with your camera will introduce shallow depths of field. This will make it easier to isolate your subject from the background. Any aperture from f/4 and wider will give a beautiful depth of field providing you are close to your subject. Lenses between 50-85mm are ideal for portrait photography. They cause very little distortion to the scene making...