How do you photograph three little girls?
I had a friend over with her precious girls a few days ago and I was so reminded of the difference between boys and girls when it comes to photo shoots!
These little girls were so sweet and relatively easy to photograph! They seemed to do what I asked and we had so much fun as they were fine with and even enjoyed the camera. Boys, on the other hand, don’t seem to enjoy the ‘modeling’ experience at all! Shocking! This is why I have had to work on more candid shots with them. I can’t even get my boys to sit for more than about 10 seconds so you can imagine how amazed I was when these little girls seemed to sit and do what I asked them to do so easily! I know a lot of it has to do with the fact that I wasn’t their mom but the whole experience seemed to be a little easier and more natural in some ways….it must be a girl thing!
Here is the result of the photo shoot and some tips !
1. Get the shot you know you want first. I had this idea in mind right when they walked down to the backyard so I tried to arrange it before we got into other things. This is a huge tip for any event or shoot you are doing. Get what you want first and then the rest is a bonus. I thought this shot would be fun to try and it was! Try it with you kids but be sure that their chins are up high enough so the light is good on their faces. (Oh, and you may try to mow the grass first!)
2. Try to get individual shots of each child when you have more than one child to work with..moms like that!
love the feet!
3. When photographing a toddler…you have to follow them around as they will never be still so put your running shoes on and expect to get some exercise! This shot was taken on the run so I put my camera on the sports setting! Wait to shoot when you see the catch lights in their eyes.
4. If you can put them on a swing or otherwise contain them, it will help!
5. Be ready for the spontaneous stuff…there is no way that you can ask for this so you must be ready with your camera.. and I mean already looking through the lens when it happens. I have learned to watch them through my lens when walking around with them. If you wait for them to do something cute then try to shoot it, you will miss it every time.
6. Try different poses in different places. Even when you think that you have what you want it is always good to move them around and try a few different poses. I am always amazed at how often it seems that we end up liking the shots we didn’t plan for.
7. Try different angles.
8. Get close up with a far away background.
I had so much fun with these girls! If you have girls at your house, go pull out those pink dresses and get silly and have some fun!
Most shots were taken with my 50mm fixed lens. I used the no flash setting for a bit to see what my camera thought the setting values should be then I adjusted when needed. We had the blessing of a few clouds in the sky occasionally to help with the bright sun.
Bird Nest Update: for those waiting on the bird nest story. I am very sad to report that our beautiful eggs did not hatch. In fact, the mother left the nest right around the time they were to hatch. Looking into it further we realized that the eggs didn’t fertilize. Hopefully we will get another opportunity to watch another nest soon.