5 Tips for Better Mobile Photos
We are so lucky that we get to walk about with a camera in our pocket at all times. We can use it to document our lives, as a creative outlet when we need a break and a way to connect with family and friends. Here are a few easy tips to take better photographs of your family!
#1 Shoot Horizontal
We see this world horizontally. It’s tempting to stick to vertical frames because that’s the way our phones are oriented. But there is often more information that you want to include in the frame when you shoot horizontally vs. vertically.
#2 Pay Attention to the Light
Making sure the light is behind you (the photographer) or to the side of you will help light your subjects. Don’t take a picture in the shade if there’s a bright background. Our eyes go to the brightest spot in the picture first. If your child is in the shade we will miss his/her beautiful face! If you choose to backlight your subject, a dark background will create a rim of light around their heads.
#3 Bend your Knees
I often see parents taking photographs from grown up eye level. They bend over slightly and tilt their camera towards their kids. You’ll get a better angle and a more interesting perspective if you bend down to your kids’ eye level. Show their perspective of the world!
#4 Get in the Frame
We have tons of photos these days. But our kids aren’t going to have photos with us (their parents) if we don’t make it a priority. Photo Timer + is a great app to set an interval timer. You can set up to take a set of up to 10 pictures every 3 seconds. I use my Joby Gorilla Pod, but you can prop your phone up on anything.
#5 Print your Photos!
It gives your kids access to the photos and will make you smile everyday. Children who grow up with photos in their home have a better sense of self esteem. There are tons of apps that let you print right from your phone. Chatbooks is my favorite because it puts all your photos in one place. Kids love flipping through the books. You can even set it up to automatically print your Instagram posts or favorites folder.
As our resident family photographer, I still feel like I’m not in enough pictures with my family. Actually, I know I’m not. When my daughter wants to see our family album from her first year of life, she asks to see the “Dada Book.” (Please imagine a raised eyebrow emoji here.) I want to be able to pass down photos to my daughter that show how much I love her (and that includes lots of hard work and patience). I make sure to hire a photographer every year so I’m in the pictures too. I believe the photos we take today are ultimately for our kids. And they are going to want photos with all of us together, not just of themselves. So get in the frame! Ask your partner, ask your friend, ask a stranger, ask your photographer. I’m here to help!