3 Tips for Taking Professional-looking Photos at Home

Tips for taking photos at home

Trying to get professional looking shots of your family at home? It’s easier than you think!

By Emily Krbec

In my experience, Mom is usually the keeper of the camera and capturer of the kids. She feels compelled to record the details of the everyday lives of her family. She wants to have something to remember all the mundane, monumental, and down-right funny moments. She knows that her family will never be the same as it is right at this moment and that in 20 years she will be happy to have such great reminders of these memories, and that her kids will too. I believe that with a little guidance and a lot of patience, we all have the ability to take great family snapshots that we can be proud of!

Here are 3 simple tips to get your started:

No More “Cheese” Please!

Get out of the habit of asking your children to “say cheese!”. This is just asking for a forced smile. Instead, try using some reverse psychology on them. Say “Betcha can’t smile!” or “You better not look happy!”. And if you really must (and this is what I usually resort to) just do something completely ridiculous! Put something on top of your head, make crazy animal noises, or start laughing wildly. Bet they won’t be able to resist cracking a real smile. (Note: this tactic tends to work on pretty much everyone, whether they are 5 or 95 years old)!

Shade Is Your Friend

When photographing your family outside, it may seem like a good idea to photograph them in the beautiful shining sun. In reality, this direct sunlight (especially mid-day) can often be really harsh. Some things are going to be way too dark and others way too bright. Find a shaded area instead. Have your family close to the sunlight, but actually in the shade, and snap away. Watch that you don’t go too far into the shade, as it may get too dark. Cloudy days are ideal, because the sunlight is already soft and muted, so you don’t have to worry about finding a shaded area.

Get Caught Up In The Details

Focus on the little things, the often forgotten bits of our lives that we’d love to smile about when our kids have gone and grown up on us. A good photograph doesnt have to show everything. Dont be afraid not to show the top of your kiddo’s head so you can capture their messy puddle jumpin’ boots, or capture siblings deep in conversation as they walk ahead. Your photographs don’t even necessarily need people in them to tell your family’s story.

Emily Krbec Photography

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I founded Mums 'n Chums in 2009 after realizing that the area I live in was drastically underserviced as compared to surrounding areas for support and activities for growing families. Mums 'n Chums grew popular very quickly and I have been dedicated to nurturing that growth through frequent networking, social media engagement and in person meetups. By the end of its first year, Mums 'n Chums had close to 500 members and was receiving regular inquiries from fans outside of its service area, asking when we would be expanding to serve them as well. After much careful research and polling, I expanded the site in May of 2011 to cover the entire North end of the GTA (from Cambridge to Markham), areas I believe are still receiving far less attention than they deserve from other sites and family services. We also changed the focus from small scale local mom and tot meetups to more of an informative purpose, closing down our forum and adding several talented contributors to the blog. We do still offer several large scale family events per year, such as our popular Birthday Bash events and our Holiday Bash in December. Our contests have also become a member favourite, and we strive to offer amazing prizes from trusted brands like Babies R Us, La Roche Posay, Johnson's Baby and many more. In March of 2016, after months of work spent migrating all of the site's content to a new platform, Mums 'n Chums re-launched with its fresh, new look. The changes and expansion have proven a great success and we're still getting inquiries from several other cities within the Greater Toronto Area, whom we have decided to serve as well. I have built this site and its' reputation carefully and look forward to continuing its growth!