Capturing the fleeting moments of our children as they grow from the tiny newborn to the young adults we can be proud of is something every parent wants to do.
But, creating those photos that are worthy of hanging up in a photographer’s studio is extremely difficult.
Children are not easy subjects to photograph. Their moods change in an instant, they work on their own schedule and its difficult to pose them or get them to do what you want.
But, there are definite tips and strategies any parent can employ to take better photos of their kids.
Rachel Devine, a professional photographer whose main focus is on children, has released an amazing new ebook called “Click: How to Take Better Photos of your Kids.”
Forget the information, one look at the photos in this book will inspire you to voraciously read her generously shared knowledge, grab your camera and do whatever you can to take photos that are knock out in their natural beauty.
I love Rachel’s approach to her views on photography and is in alignment to what I have been thinking a lot about lately.
I spend a lot of time in my travel niche looking at incredible photos. The only problem is so many of those photos have been doctored by post editing and end up becoming photos that they seem to lose a sense of their authenticity.
I often find myself looking at them and thinking, “Wow,it’s an amazing photo, but I want to see what it really looked like as it would through my eyes.”
I don’t have any editing software, although I really want to get some for basic tidy up.
My thoughts have always been that I need to take the time to try to compose a shot that is worthy to stand on its own and show what I found so beautiful about the frame to begin with. I want my photos to show the real story, not the staged or doctored.
I’m still not very good at it, but I am learning.
I love Rachel’s book as she has the same idea which she calls the Digital Myth. Her book is focused on teaching you how to take those great photos that don’t require a lot of editing and are natural in their story telling.
It’s authenticity we all crave, and there is no better place to show it in your photography then with the loves of your life–your children.
Rachel offers so many strategies and tips that have to do with composition, finding the right light, telling a story with your photos and editing. I love how at the end of each chapter, Rachel offers some questions for reflection and action.
At the end of the ebook, Rachel gives suggestions for research and project ideas to help you take those coveted shots of your kids as well as step by step instructions for taking particular shots and telling stories.
Finally, she finished the book with interviews with other inspirational children photographers.
I must say I found the book incredible and inspiring. It is unlike any other photography book I have read and is really focused on giving you the basics you need to become that children’s photographer you always dreamed of.
I can’t wait to start putting all of this into action and capturing those precious moments of my two little angels.
“Click: How to take better photos of your kids” is a resourceful and inspirational photography book. I learned many simple, yet effective tips and I am sure you will find it invaluable in recording the stories of your children’s lives.