DOs and DON’Ts that I’ve learned over the years:
DO pay attention to your lighting. My favorite is dappled light, not too dark or too bright. This makes ALL the difference in photography. Good lighting will make or break your photo.You can correct some lighting issues with editing software, but it’s better to find the right lighting to begin with.
|Too much light|
|Not enough light|
|Just the right amount of light|
DON’T tell them to say cheese. This inevitably causes the most obnoxiously (adorable) unnatural smile ever. Still really cute, just not professional quality. I still catch myself saying this all the time, especially because I love hearing my toddler say “CHEEEE!”
DON’T be afraid to get dirty. Sometimes you have to get down on their level or even lower to get a good shot.
|I had to lay in the grass for this one!|
DON’T have someone standing behind you trying to get their attention. This will divert their eyes away from your lens. If you have someone there with you, have them help you by putting the babes back in place when they inevitably wander off every 2 seconds and make sure your helper kneels down behind you in between shots.
|Smiling…but for Daddy, not me.|