Of course, I recommend a good professional photo session for your family at least once a year (maybe even two or three times if you can swing it), but what about capturing the day-to-day?
If you're looking for ways to take your own at-home photography to the next level, whether you're using your iPhone or an actual full-fledged camera, I've got some tips ...
1. Move toward the light. That's right, have your subject face a window for well-lit photos (or selfies). You'll be amazed at just how much this little tweak will make a difference in your photos.
2. Turn off your flash. Does it seem like I'm telling you to break all the rules you've ever heard? I promise, I'm not wrong. If there's absolutely no light possible beyond the flash, then use it. However, if there's any chance you can find natural light, or just capture the scene as it is, skip the flash. You'll be glad you did.
3. Shoot at the right time of day. There's a reason most photographers schedule their sessions at sunrise or sunset - that's when the light is the best for photography. Taking some quick pictures of your kids? Wanting a group photo at the beach? Wait for the sun to drop a little. Usually, the hour before sunset is best.
4. Do a bit of staging. This isn't always necessary. There's something to be said for capturing your wild, messy life just the way it is. Sometimes though, just the quick toss of a pile of magazines out of the frame will take your image from good, to great. Depending on the aesthetic you're going for, a little staging might be just what you need.
5. Just do it. Yes, like Nike. Just get your camera, or phone, out and do the dang thing. The more pictures you take, the higher the likelihood that you'll find one you love. Try shooting at sunset and during the day. Do some staging and take some shots totally impromptu. Make some funky edits. The only way to find out what you like is to try!
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Meagan Burris is a newborn, baby and family photographer serving Indianapolis, IN and all of Central Indiana. Meagan’s studio is located in New Palestine, IN and her photography clients come to visit her from all over the state.