This week, I’m celebrating dads here on the blog!
Since they are often the photographer and/or they don’t like having their picture taken, I talk a lot about the importance of moms getting in the photo. I think it’s nice, once you’re grown, to have photographs from your childhood that include ALL of your loved ones.
During my sessions, not only am I thrilled when I capture a sweet moment between mother and child, but I’m equally happy to document the love between a father and his little one.
So, with Father’s Day coming up this weekend, I’m taking the opportunity to celebrate the amazing fathers in all of our lives!
Here are a few tips to help you capture some sweet photographs between your children and their dad this weekend:
- Before you take any pictures, consider the lighting. Set everyone up in a spot with sufficient, even lighting. This tutorial on finding open shade is very helpful.
- Rather than bringing everyone together and telling them to pose and say “cheese” for the camera, I suggest you have them do one of their favorite activities in that spot you previously found with the nice light. Maybe Dad could read a book to the little ones, or they could play a game of catch, or it could be as simple as capturing breakfast together. Think of something special that they like to do together and that you would like to capture.
- After you have them set up in a nicely lit location and they’re doing something fun together, snap a few pictures. They don’t even need to know you’re photographing them.
- Once you’ve captured a few of them in action, you could then have them look at the camera for a few more photos. Think of a few things to say to them or ask them that would get them laughing and interacting. Inside jokes between all of you. Anything they may find silly. If you have to, you could always fall back on good ole, reliable potty humor.
- After that, keep your camera out and see where the photo “shoot” goes. You may want to give the camera to Dad and have him take a few photos of you with the kids. That’s sure to be a gift he’d love to frame and place on his desk. Or you could use a timer to take a family portrait or keep it simple and take a family selfie.
- The most important thing is to make it fun for the whole family!