DIY 30 minute family photos

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Let’s face it, when it comes to taking photos of your kids, you have very limited time. So today, I’ll be sharing with you, five ways to help you get great pictures of your kids/family, in 30 minutes.

  1. Have a theme- you must choose a color scheme and stick with it.  Some people can pull off all different colors and make it work, but it really is hard for the camera to focus on different shades.  Our theme was red, white, and blue.
  2. The time of day-bright daylight is almost the worst lighting you can imagine (unless you really know how to configure the settings on your DSLR camera, or you know how to edit the pictures really well when using your phone).  Sunset is best, and it works well with a lot of different colors.
  3. Happy kids, happy picture-make sure everyone is fed and generally happy (you don’t want to start the photo shoot out with wiping away snot/tears)! Distraction is a great technique when it comes to this one. Never forget to just HAVE FUN!
  4.  Have all of your props/decorations (if you are using any) ready to use, and able to pull out for a quick shot or two. It’s great to have a helper as well, to provide you the props or equipment when you need it.
  5. Keep it moving- if you are wanting the perfect picture with the kids showing how much they love each other, well that might not always work in front of the lens.  If you don’t get a great shot the first time, try again about 10 minutes later.  Kids are resilient and will usually do it on their own terms.

Here are some shots I took of all three kids (two are foster children and we are not allowed to post their face on the photos, so they are blurred out) before having to say goodbye to our little man, before he went back home with his family.

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Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!  Let me know if you have any other tips you would like to provide as well!  Happy picture taking!

©2016 Sheridan Johnson @Journey with the Johnsons. All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

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