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The struggle is real… when we’re learning photography and trying to capture our kids while refining our skills, we can end up with very un-interested kids… ‘does mum have the camera out again?’
But there is a way around it… and today’s post will show you how!
I love this style of photography for capturing children because it allows us to record those small, everyday moments that are more easily forgotten in time than the big milestone events.
It pushes us to get creative in trying to make an artful image from an unposed moment. And as a result it offers the added benefit of not needing to pose our kids or interrupt their play.
One of our CLG Grads, Morvern Shaw lives in Scotland with her husband and two (seriously delicious) daughters.
She has a passionate drive to ensure her daughters have strong memories of their everyday childhood through photos. That passionate drive led her to embrace documentary photography.
You want to snap the action where it happens… but you want pretty light.
You want to capture the moments as they happen… but how do you ensure strong compositions without interfering?
You want to photograph your subjects authentically… but they might still need some direction.
So how to do you set-up and shoot this style of photography for the best results?
Morvern does it beautifully, and she has some tips and tricks to combat all of the above and more.
“I got my first camera a short while after my first child was born.
I played with it in aperture priority mode for a few years. But I just couldn’t get my head around manual mode no matter how much I tried. I had also started to see shots that I would like to take, but they never came out how I envisaged.
I simply didn’t know how to make the camera take what I wanted it to.
When I discovered the Click Love Grow photography courses I knew it was exactly what I needed. So I enrolled in the Enthusiast, and then later the Advanced Photography Course.
It was one of the best things I have ever done for myself.
I am now able to document my girls growing up in a way that I could never have done by myself.
I also have a hobby that gives me an escape from the stress of running my own small business whilst looking after two wee people.
I shoot for fun and to give the girls something tangible from their childhood to look back on.
Growing up, my mum had so many photo albums that we all looked through regularly. I am certain that is the reason I have such vivid childhood memories cemented in my mind.
I want my girls to have that too, and that’s what drives me to pick up the camera. My preferred approach is lifestyle/documentary, so I can tell the story of their childhoods and our day to day lives.
Related: Lifestyle Photography Secrets
I regularly plan outings specifically with the intention of photographing it.
This is one of the things that I love most about my photography… it encourages us to explore new places and do things as a family that we might not otherwise think to do.
I often have an idea of what might look nice in photos, and then search for a location or activity that fits with my vision.
This shoot was exactly that…
I had seen a lot of apple picking shots from American photographers so I googled to see if there was an apple orchard nearby.
I discovered our local fruit picking place that we visit regularly for their strawberries, park and farm animals also had an apple orchard and sunflowers!
I had no idea until I went searching for it.
The sunflowers were a bonus as I love a pop of yellow in my photos.
I prefer to shoot wide open and most of these shots were taken between f/1.8 and f/2.8.
If I could get away with using that lens indoors then it would literally never come off my camera. However, on my crop sensor it’s just a bit too tight. So my 35mm is my go to lens for indoors, and including wider scenes.
And if you’d like to learn more about shooting in manual mode and improving your photography skills to capture your kids childhoods, check out our upcoming Enthusiast Photography Course
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