When is the last time you had family portraits taken? Did your children WANT to participate? Getting children to willingly participate in a photo shoot can be challenging… unless your kids happen to love nature.
Spending a few hours with your kids hiking can lead to a collection of gorgeous portraits of your family.
Learn the 7 secrets to success below…
1. Let them lead
You’ll capture genuine smiles, if you let your child set the pace and lead the hike.
2. Let them be goofy.
Be playful. Get Dad involved, too!
3. Remember you’ve got a DIGITAL camera.
Don’t be afraid to take random shots of “treasures.”
4. Know the best camera is the one you have with you!
Some of my favorite shots from the past year were taken with my iPhone.
Snap, snap, snap friends.
5. Let them be the photographer.
One a recent hike my oldest daughter asked if she could use the DSLR camera for a bit. I let her know the importance of using the neck strap. Then I set the camera to Av (Aperture Priority).
Insider’s Tip: If you are new to your DSLR camera, I highly recommend playing with your camera on Av vs. full automatic. It allows you to capture that nice blur (or bokeh) in your photos. It is a quick way to make your photos look more professional without having to learn how to manually shoot. The lower the number on your camera, the more blurry the background will be. Be sure to keep an eye on your focal point when you play!
This is the photo she captured. Isn’t it lovely?
6. Time it right.
Plan your hike for mid-morning or late in the afternoon. This will give you the best light! Trying to take photos at high noon with the sun directly overhead is challenging even for advanced photographers.
7. Ask for the money shot.
After you’ve captured a camera full of lifestyle photos, ask for the posed pic. If you’ve followed the five rules above, usually your kids will participate and offer you a genuine smile as a thanks for a wonderful hiking adventure.
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capture family photos that will melt your heart.
P.S. Check out some of our favorite EXPLORER toys from Melissa & Doug…
- Backyard Explorer Role Play Costume Set
- Happy Giddy Bug House
- Bixie Butterfly Kids’ Binoculars
- Mombo Snake Kids’ Magnifying Glass
- Bella Butterfly Net
These photography tips are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador
Zina is the author of Let’s Lasso the Moon, where she inspires parents and children to interact creatively and enjoy the beauty of everyday moments.