Advice from the Experts We asked some of our favourite local family photographers for their advice on great family photos. Here’s what they had to say!
All kids have different personalities, and they often wear them all over their faces. Be open to the character of each child coming through in the photo- play it up! If you’ve got a little ham, let them mug for the camera. If you’ve got a shy guy, let him keep his chin down and give you an apprehensive look. Work with what you have instead of asking everyone to “say cheese!” I guarantee you’ll get a better shot, and as you look back on the photo years later, you’ll be delighted to be reminded of what your kids were really like, and not how you asked them to look. Krysta Furioso, WCF Art Director
As a photographer, essentially you are telling a story. You take a chaotic, busy scene and try to make sense of it. That said, the most important bit of advice I could offer is to keep it fun. If your subjects aren’t into it, don’t force it. Take a break, run around... My favourite photographs are either shot from afar using a longer lens, stealing candid moments, or in the middle of the action, up close from weird perspectives. Don’t be afraid to “shoot from the hip,” move the camera around, get low, get high... Don’t be afraid to shoot without looking through the lens. When shooting moving targets try to “pan,” or move the camera along with your subject, this will keep them in focus while the background blurs. And, remember that kids love playing with cameras, so pass the camera around and you’ll get some interesting results. Dylan Doubt Photography | www.dylandoubt.com
The Nov|Dec 2014 Holiday issue of WestCoast Families magazine