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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Lebo Tip: Take Your Own Great Shots!

Life is full of wonderful moments- first birthdays (just had one in this house!), first days of school (about to have that too), holidays, lost teeth, parties, you name it! And while these are moments we all want to capture with photos, they aren't always moments that allow us the help of a professional photographer.

Now I don't know about you, but September is chock full of wonderful events in our home! You've got the start of school, birthdays, and well... three beautiful kids surrounded by gorgeous fall colors! Someone get me my camera! If you're anything like me, you'll be shooting a lot during the next month of so. And so I thought some "Lebo Tips" might help you capture some great moments!

Tip 1, and it's one of my favorites! Shoot at an angle higher than your subject. When I shot Katie here, I stood on a chair and let her look up to me. Look at the light in her gorgeous eyes. On an overcast day, or in a shady spot, this is a great angle- no squinting, no shadows, just great light in the eyes!

Tip 2: Don't put your subjects in a line. We're not identifying criminals here right? Well, maybe we are... but still! Stagger your subjects so no two sets of eyes are on the same level. This shot could have been chaos- crazy colors, shot right on the front porch, but the way the kids are set up creates a tight knit group! Oh and let them be themselves! One of my favorite things about this shot is my daughter's crazy pink headband- she always wears them 80's style and I know I'll love that about this shot for years to come!

Tip 3: Don't force the shot in bad light. Look for different angles. The light was pretty harsh this morning and Krista's smile was squinty- not her usual beautiful smile.

Solution? Turn her around and shoot her looking out at the ocean, or from the side. As long as she wasn't looking right at me (aka squinting) she was looking perfect. Don't get stuck with the traditional "face forward" shots. Think outside the box.

And again, sometimes the best shots aren't facing forward. I love this shot of Tatumn and Tanner. They are in their own world, best friends. Shoot from every angle!

Tip 4: Don't forget the details! School books, school bags, birthday cakes, prom corsages, hair clips, shoe laces (tied all by themselves!!!), whatever! Shoot all the details!

And finally, Tip 5: don't stop shooting! I LOVE this shot of Ty, and I think his mom does too (she added it to her order despite feeling guilty about loving it). Yes, everyone has photos of those gorgeous smiles, those giggles, those sweet expressions. But seriously, any moms out there with kids who have never cried? Really? Didn't think so! Why not capture those moments too? Soon enough, they'll be old and too cool for us, and we'll look back at all these moments and cherish them all. So shoot them all!

Happy autumn, school year, birthday, whatever everyone! Go take some great shots!

And let me know if you enjoyed this post! Or let me know what you want to know next! I'd love to make "Lebo Tips" a continued post! Got lots to share!

See ya!

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Ann Hamel said...

Awesome tips that everyone can use! Love it! Give us more. I have one to share as well (not mine, from another photographer). When you have a family photo, all lined up, let them do a goofy face first. As soon as they relax you have them all smiling their natural, happy smiles! Keep the great ideas coming, Jen.

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