Your summer holiday is up there with the most prime family photo opportunity of the year, so make them count! Capture the fun, capture the memories and hold on to it all forever because this is seriously the good stuff. So how do you make the shutter click count? Here's a few of my personal favourite ways...
1) Slow down and stop. It's number 1 because it's the cardinal rule. I know you're in a rush, it's hot, you've set yourself things to do and the quicker you get there the longer you'll have. But if you slow down not only will you give yourself a moment to enjoy the moment, you will have a moment to capture it forever. This is the hardest but most key rule. Photos won't appear on your camera whilst you race to the beach, you have to make time to take them. This is us taking our first walk down to see the beach, we're so excited but kind of stressed getting everything together, we're rushing but we stop just moment to savour it = worth it.
2) Watch them play. You'll capture little details in the things that they do that they won't always do. Bow taking that rake in and out and in and out and in and out of the bucket? Priceless. Euna and the watering can, why is she always so mesmerised watching it come out? Love her.
Leaping all over the bed that night we got them home too late and they were wired to the eyeballs on ice cream? Hilarious.
And how Euna always has to throw stones in the sea...
4) Ask someone to take one of the whole family. I know it's embarrassing and no one likes to disturb other people, but I truly don't think people mind at all! I even quite like it when people ask! And if people don't mind me handing over my enormous lump of camera and massive zoom lens then they really won't you with yours.
5) Selfie! I love a fun family selfie! On the skew, mid chaos, someone's crying to be let go... Brilliant. It's a quintessential as the Christmas jumper family snap. Get a few. Some say they're not cool, I say whatever. You're never going to be as comfortable infront of any photographer as you are when selfie-ing... Go nuts!
And when one shot won't capture the action well enough, take a few!
Or why not take a goofy selfie?
Or why not ask them to take a picture from far back so the image takes in the landscape with you?
11) Catch them sleeping. I snap my kids sleeping at every given opportunity. I imagine I'll sit and look at them as an old lady, close my eyes and remember when their hair smelt like mud and jam and remember wha it felt like to have them sleep on me. There's just nothing lovelier. Capture it. Especially as those holiday naps are so much longer from all the fun that's worn them out.
And whilst you're at it get their favourite toys in... Some of these little guys feel like part of the family!
12) Let them be. Just watch them. Some times it's not about taking the photo but rather the process of taking a photo locking the memory in. I know you have a book to read that you've promised yourself all year and this would be a prime time but this will just take a minute... Stand back, zoom out, let them be and watch. It doesn't matter what way they're looking. Get the landscape and the details around in too. This isn't just a portrait, it's a whole moment in time. These are always my favourite pictures.
13) "The golden hour". They're clean, in their best clothes for dinner and all just in time for the loveliest light of the day... Late after to evening sun. That time of the day when everything glows pink and gold and the sun falls down behind your subject(s) and puts that white halo back-lighting everything. And if you can get some lens flare then more's the better if you ask me...
Then later... The silhouette. This isn't us, but man I wish it was!
Happy holiday snapping!
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