Family Photography Tips for Beginners

Photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with how you see them.

A lockdown in the UK has officially started, and as I said the other day you will only be received positivity from me, so today I thought I would share a few basic family photography tips for you all.

As we will be spending the next three weeks at home with our families I thought it would be a great time to capture some memories of your loved ones during this crazy time - and practice your photography skills while you're at it too!

I won't delve into the techy side of things here, so will try to keep things simple so that you can use them whether you're using a phone or a posh camera!

Capturing memories will be beautiful no matter what you are taking them on!

Finding the Light

To really get the best quality in your photographs then giving the camera lots of light is important, so try to get outdoors in some open shade or just nearby a window - I really love lots of natural light in my photographs! Keep an eye out for where the shadows are and whether they work for the photograph - below you can see how we turned to the side and used the window to create a lovely silhouette.

Look around

Try to keep things in the background to a minimum - if they're part of what your photographing and add to the setting then keep it in, but dirty cups and bowls don't look great in the background of any photo.

Get Moving

This one is really important when photographing children - please don't expect your child to sit still and smile at the camera because it never goes that way (and if they do then make the most of it and snap away because in 5 minutes they will be off again!) Try to get them doing something, sitting down playing with some toys, reading a story or get them doing some baking - by keeping them busy they won't even notice you snapping away. You could also take your camera out on your walk and get some photographs of them running around and exploring!

Focus on the Details

Their tiny little toes, fingers & curls - these little detail shots are my favourite to capture!

Try to look at things really closely, see if you notice something you never did before and photograph that! I also like to think about what will change, your children are always growing so by photographing their little fingers and toes will save these tiny baby memories forever!


One way to get photographs which stand out a lot more than others is to change the way you look at something, a great example here is the photo below - get your children to lay down and look at the clouds and shoot a portrait from above them - it's different and exciting for them and makes for a great picture that's not your standard 'smile and look at the camera kids'

How to get a blurry background

One question I do get asked a lot is 'How do I get a blurry background when I take photos?' - now there's a few techy things I could say and there's different techniques based on what you're using to take photographs but the basic thing to do is to get your subject far away from the background and closer to the camera, and if you're using your phone make sure you tap on the subject to get the focus on them.

Experiment in the Edit

A big part of my photography is the edit, that's when I feel like photos really become 'mine'. One thing I would recommend is to download Lightroom Mobile - It's completely free and will allow you to get to grips with the different ways you can edit a photograph. So just play around and see what you like.

I really hope this has helped, maybe sparked a little bit of inspiration to capture some memories of your family or home during this crazy time! If you do decide to pick up your camera then please share them with me by tagging @gracenicolephotography - I would love to see your work!!

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about photography then let me know!!

Thanks for reading! 



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