Tips To Make Sure Your Kids' School Pictures Turn Out Right The First Time


School picture day is a milestone event in any kid's life, but don't you wish the pictures would come out well the first time? If you want to get your child's photo right, without retakes, use some suggestions before your child gets in front of the camera.

Don't do anything drastic. The day of school photos is not the time to do anything drastic, like go to a tanning salon or get a perm. Your child will look their best if they opt for a more natural appearance in their pictures.

Keep hair simple. Don't do anything too wild with your hair on picture day, and encourage your child to bring a little spray gel or mousse to prevent a potential flyaway. At the very least, tell them to bring a comb and mirror. Make sure cuts and trims take place a couple weeks before photo-day, so they have time to grow out and look natural before the picture is taken.

Choose comfortable clothes. If your child is comfortable, they might be more relaxed and at-ease in front of the camera. Let them pick what they wear, but keep it simple, in neutral colors, if possible. This will create the most flattering light and subsequent picture.

Practice makes perfect. Practice smiling before the photo! Kids with cell phones can practice taking selfies to get the smile right. Even practicing in the mirror can help a child feel relaxed and less-anxious on school picture day.

Look for an angle. Help your kid find their best angle and go with a straight-on headshot. Keep the cheesy angles and glamour shots for a different photo shoot.

Don't over-accessorize. Don't let your child over-accessorize on school picture day with hair-baubles or jewelry. This all can distract from your child's face, as well as cause potential glare or blurring.

The eyes have it. Try to encourage your child to focus on their eyes and keeping them open and free from stray hairs during the photo. Good eye-contact with the camera can produce extraordinary photos.

Don't sweat small blemishes. Don't sweat small blemishes, scars, or acne; there are touch-ups that can take care of these later.

Confidence is key. Wear what makes you feel good and confident; confidence is the most important thing and can lead to a natural-looking, flattering smile.

Make sure your child's school picture comes out right the first time. Use these suggestions to help produce a flattering photo the first time, without the need for retakes. 


15 February 2017

The Ocean and Photography: My Two Loves Combined

Ever since my parents allowed me to snap a few photos on their camera on vacation when I was a young child, I have loved photography. While we lived in the Midwest, I became hooked on taking photographs of the ocean and boats when we visited the Florida coast during one of our trips together. I found that just being near the ocean really made me happy, and after we returned home, I was able to "take the ocean with me" to experience that same feeling by taking photos of it. Being near the ocean is so calming and uplifting, but most people don't live near the coasts and don't get to experience its beauty every day. I now live by the ocean, so I decided to create a blog to share my tips about how you can best photograph the things you love.