• Tanya Jane

Take better pictures at home - tips and tricks - perspectives

Updated: Mar 31

Due to our current situation, that seems to change every day, I'm sad that I cannot be there to capture some incredible milestones for my clients.

Moments that can't be put on hold. For example: growing from being husband & wife, to mom & dad! These beautiful life experiences & memories deserve to be documented.

My sister-in-law is expecting the arrival of her baby boy in May. She wanted some maternity shots, but with the current situation: she’s unable to have a professional photographer visit. I am so glad that she didn’t let that hold her back from capturing beautiful photos to serve as memories of her pregnancy. I’m glad that together with her husband, they made an effort to make their own little at home photo shoot special.

So since we are to “shelter-in-place”, I have been thinking... How can I help my clients from home?

These tips and tricks will be useful to new moms wanting to document their lifestyle at home with their families. Whether you have a digital camera that you want to get more comfortable with, or even if you are just using your iPhone camera, but want unique photos. Tell a story with your home photos, rather than having a full camera roll with the the same quick snapshot after another. It can seem daunting to do your own mini photoshoot, and you might be thinking ”how do I take my own photos and also be in them?” You might have 101 questions about how to take better photos at home, so let’s take this one step at a time.

I'm at home (nowhere to go!) creating content to help you out with this! I’m here to support you and cheer you on along the way. With the assistance of your significant other, setting aside the time for it, being patient, and remembering there is no part of your new daily routine too insignificant for a photo opportunity (it’s all about the details)

The first tip I want to share is to capture your photos from different perspectives. This allows your photos to tell a beautiful story (which is my style: Storytelling) Begin by taking turns, take individual photos of each other to capture those different perspectives. Then, set your camera to “self-timer” for you all to be in the frame.

  1. The perspective of someone on the outside looking in. Most photos are taken from this perspective because usually someone else is taking your picture. What you can do: first “frame your subject” - choose one spot in you home where you want your pictures to be taken. Then set up your camera on self timer. Let’s say you choose your living room couch as the spot to take pictures. Get cozy on the couch together as a family, create a relaxing comfortable atmosphere: Whether you’re the kind of family who usually has music playing in the house, or you have your favourite tv-show on in the background. Put some snacks out on the coffee table, have some drinks in arm’s reach. When you feel that you are all in the moment, now you press that shutter button! In these photos I’m holding our bunny GusGus as our “baby” and Brandon pressed the shutter button. He then told me to “look at the camera”. Please, for the love of lifestyle-photography: Don’t look at the camera! I want you to shake the constant need to look at the camera for every picture. Let’s change the thought that we’re taking a photo of YOU, instead, think about taking a photo of a memory. It’s these real moments of your life that later are your memories, and that’s what I want you to capture. It’s the little things that make the bigger picture. Does that make sense? Let’s never interrupt a moment to look at the camera! Let’s take those photos of you looking down at your baby, with the pure look of love in your eye. Then look up at your husband with a genuine smile. Get cozy, then take the photo from the perspective of the outsider looking in.

  2. From your perspective. Stay in the same positions as you were sitting on the couch, but have your husband take these pictures from your perspective. (photo of you looking at your baby). He would take this picture by standing behind you, overlooking your shoulder

  3. From your husband’s perspective. Have him take a photo from their perspective of you holding your baby. *These examples just kill me that we used our little bunny in the place of a baby, but you get the point!

If you are always thinking of taking pictures from different perspectives this will be a game changer, and it will improve the storytelling of your photos in your camera roll, or for you photo album!

Let me know If these tips were helpful - and, if so, I will keep new content coming to you!

If you have a specific “pain point” that you want me to help with, leave me a message in the comments! I will make sure to address it in a future photo-taking tip.


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