Hello fellow mommas!
Have you been feeling like summer was so freaking short?
That you had all this summer fun list ready to go ….and you only got to #2 on it?
Next week our little people go back to school and I’m not gonna lie I’m a bit sad about it…the care free days, the activities, the pool, the can stay up later …oh well… but with school also comes organization, routines and seeing our children grow in their own…and MOMMAS EVERYWHERE I HOPE YOU GET A BREAK!
If you missed our back to school mini shoots DON’T FREAT….I’m here to give you 5 Tips for back to school photos with your phone that are actually respectable and you will be proud to post on social media!
This should really go without saying but….CLEAN THE LENS ON YOUR PHONE!
Seriously I’m so guilty of that….its not even funny.
- Have EVERYTHING YOU NEED READY THE NIGHT BEFORE. so If you are planning on using a frame, a sign, a chalkboard ….HAVE IT READY BEFORE HAND I love having a sign of some sort to have my kiddo either hold or play with before we take one with his back pack and new cloth ( that is he allows me to put new cloth on him LOL)
- EVEN LIGHTING here is where I see MOST pictures go wrong…not only on back to school but in general, out phones ARE GREAT at taking pictures on the shade, OUTSIDE, with that being said if your garage door is on plain SUN it may not be the best lighting even thought is even. ( AKA squinting eyes) My absolute FAVORITE lighting is OPEN SHADE.So, what is open shade? Open shade means your subject is standing in the shade so direct sunlight is not hitting him, but he is looking out of the shade toward the open sky. When it’s bright and sunny out, open shade will give you the best photos. Here’s why.
If you place your subject in the sunlight, some parts of his face will be very bright while other parts will have harsh shadows. His eyes will look dark in comparison and the shadows will look funny ( don’t mind the model my kiddo was not willing lol!) :
By the way I took this images with my phone on purpose so there is no foul play as far as quality goes.
3.ADD A SIGN . It may seem silly and redundant but you will love having that to look back years to come. I personally don’t care to have the same sign every, as I enjoy variety, but I seem to be a minority, print them, mat them put them on a frame, use a chalkboard , whatever makes your heart sign sister❤️❤️
If you have siblings take a picture together and separate so they all have their own piece of story of their life.
4.Add all the cute things you guys bought for back to school! Did she get her favorite back pack? Did he get the best Willie shoes ever? showcase them! They will look back and you will have their story to tell.
5.And last but not least …If you can shoot this the day before ….EVEN BETTER, But I know I had shot this ON THE DAY OF and I kinda like the REAL FEEL…and if you do too…take the extra second to put a thought into it. YOU WILL HAVE THIS IMAGES FOR YEARS TO COME. one more minute is not going to make you late. One more minute will not kill you or a stress attack. Remember, the days are long but the years are short. he will never be going to this grade again, he will never be 6 or 7 or 8 or whatever age they are again…. SAVOR IT!
Here is a better explanations of open shade as I believe this is the most basic, yet powerful piece of advice you can use to make your everyday pictures better!
I Cannot wait to see your photos I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see the pics you take of your kiddos this week or this weekend practicing this technique!
In the mean time stay safe, don’t go crazy over the small stuff and hug your little ones extra hard this weekend before school starts!
REMEMBER !!! FALL SESSIONS ARE STARTING TO BOOK OUT ALL THE WAY TILL DECEMBER! IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON HAVING A FAMILY SESSION PLAN AHEAD AND LET’S START BRAINSTORMING!
you can peek at some of the locations from last year for inspiration here