Ollie & George Baby and Children's Photography, Preston and Blackburn Lancashire
If you're anything like me you've always got your phone handy, ready to take a pic of your kids should they do anything remotely cute or silly so the chances are you've got an insta account full of cute baby photos/your kids in cute outfits and on holiday etc... Ollie let me take some quick photos of him, with a great deal of bribery, just to show you how you can make those photos a little bit better...
If you haven't already, download the Instagram app to your phone and get it all set up, find some friends on there to follow and you can follow me too instagram.com/ollieandgeorgephotography
Top tip #1...
Check the background of your photo, if you have enough time have a look on your screen and see what's in the background...you don't want your followers to be distracted away from your beautiful kiddos by your messy bedroom/what you ate for lunch/bins in the garden, a quick glance and if you're not liking the background you can just change your position so the background is a bit more pleasant :)
Top tip #2 Lighting
If you're outdoors the best place for a photo is in the shade, if they're under a tree you often get lots of patches of light and if the sun is on their faces you'll more often than not have a lovely picture of your child squinting
I couldn't get a photo of Ollie squinting as he complained that I wasn't paying him enough!
Top tip #3 Expression
It's great to capture your child's many expressions, especially the more natural ones and the best way to do that is just to wait, phone in hand...watch them play, interact with them and just be relaxed, eventually you'll get a great one...probably the worst thing to say is 'smile' as this will just result in their 'cheese' face, Ollie's 'cheese' face needs some work!
Top tip #4
Eventually you'll get a half decent photo...this was the best I could get...background not too distracting, no harsh lighting on his face and although the smile is a bit forced it's not too bad so, time to upload it to Insta
Once your photo is showing in the insta app it gives you options to edit it and add filters that aim to make your photos look stunning...choose your filters carefully some can make your kids look like they were an extra in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, remember you can tone the filters down so they look a bit more natural.
You can also have a play with the editing options, things like brightness can really help a photo taken somewhere dark
Top tip #5
Hashtags # add hashtags to your photo so that friends, family and followers can easily find your images on insta, you can hashtag for companies your child's clothes come from or the brand of toy/car etc in the photo, you never know they may end up featuring your photos #fame
My final tip is to just keep taking photos, you can never have enough photos of your kids :)
If you pop your insta in the comments I'll follow you <3