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How to take bright & Airy photos of your kids
Have you ever looked at your favorite photographer’s website or Instagram account and wondered how the get that bright, airy look? You see it a lot in wedding photography, but you can also achieve the same look for your own, everyday photos of your kids. It’s true! Here are a few simple ways to brighten up your photos.
1. Light is everything when it comes to photography so the most important thing you need to do for bright, airy photos is find the light. Take a walk around your home and figure out which rooms get the best light and shoot in there. You want soft, natural window light. That means the sun isn’t shining directly in. If it is, you can soften it with a sheer, white curtain. Before you start taking pictures, turn off all the overhead lights in the room. Grab your kiddos and have them facing the window or off to the side. If you’ve got wiggly ones who won’t sit for a photo, set up their favorite toy, a game, or even a snack in that spot. Doing something new and unexpected should hold their attention long enough to snap some photos.
2. Clear the clutter. If your house is anything like mine, there’s stuff everywhere. Toys, books, piles of clothes. It never ends. If you can take a minute to clear those things or anything else distracting in the background of your photo it’ll allow your subject to pop more.
3. Look for reflectors around your home. One of the first things we did when we moved in to our home was paint all the walls white. I knew I’d be taking a lot of pictures inside and all the white helps bounce light around. It helps to keeps things bright and cheery too. Now don’t think you have to go and re-paint your whole house. Anything white is reflective. That means you can use a white comforter, white sheets or even a white blanket for photos. If you’ve got a white wall, try taking photos there. You could even use a piece of white foam board as a reflector. Then hand it off to your kiddos to color on!
4. If you want to play around with manual mode on your DSLR, using a wide aperture will also help brighten your photos. Pull out your camera’s manual that’s been collecting dust, find out how to switch to Aperture Priority Mode, and choose the smallest f-stop your lens will allow.
5. And lastly, edit your photos. Editing can give your photo that extra little something. And it’s super easy to do. If you’re taking pictures with your cell phone, download the free Lightroom app and play around with exposure, contrast, highlights, and shadows. Some of my other favorite apps are A Color Story, PicTapGo or Snapseed. Here’s a quick before and after.