This is the nineth day in a series: 31 Days of Memory Keeping. Check out all the posts here.
In May I wrote about mini photo shoots, but I think it is worth repeating during this series.
“Mini photo shoots” are what I call dedicated times where Matthew and/or I take a chunk of photos of our kids, with the hopes of getting some great shots. They typically last 5-30 minutes.
Here are five reasons why I love doing mini photo shoots:
- You always get at least one awesome picture – and usually more than that!
- It is a chance to play with your camera’s settings. I love messing with the white balance and ISO.
- The only way you become a better photographer is by taking a lot of pictures.
- You capture some new photos to send to the grandparents – or at least post on Facebook!
- Mini photo shoots don’t take long to do, but the results are always worthwhile. After all, you can never have too many photos of your child.
This past week I took less than 10 minutes to take some pictures of Elias and Adeline.
I got about 10 fantastic pictures including this gem:
I recently bought the book Mamarazzi: Every Mom's Guide to Photographing Kids and though I haven't dived into yet, from what I have skimmed, it looks excellent and inspirational. It covers from baby to teen, composition, lighting, etc.
The book Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera is another excellent resource.
I also have quite a few tutorials/PDF resources bookmarked on my photography Pinterest board.
It is beautiful weather across the country today. Consider doing a mini photo shoot. It doesn't take long – hence the word mini – and you will definitely get some wonderful shots. You might even get a shot good enough to put on a free 8×10 canvas.
(Oh, and since someone is bound to ask, I shot all my photos with a Canon 40D and a 50 mm 1.4 lens.)