Ahhhhh! Autumn in St. Louis – the crisp air, the smell of wood burning fireplaces in neighborhoods, snuggly clothes and the beauty of mother nature’s artwork. It’s such a magical time. We lucked out with this location for this family’s photography session. They frequent this park since they live close by, which made it all the more fitting. They certainly knew what to wear for their fall portraits. Reminds me of a Ralph Lauren ad. Everyone coordinates so well and the colors work perfectly with the scenery. At the end of the session, I got some images of mom and dad together and the girls helped getting their parents to laugh and cuddle. It was very cute. I love how this family interacts together. They are quite the artistic family who really cherish every moment together. Check out their adorable blog, Third Story(ies). It covers all of their creative projects, design and just their day to day lives. Quite inspirational.
If you would like a family portrait session in the St. Louis area this Fall, it’s not too late to get on the calendar. October is fully booked, but there is still availability in September and November. Contact St. Louis Children’s Photography to schedule your session today! email@example.com | 314.265.7142
A couple weeks ago, I gave some suggestions on what to wear for Spring portraits in St. Louis this year and now I’m sharing another idea on how to put together your wardrobe for your family portraits! I love the color combination of green, navy and pink. So fresh and screams SPRING! Notice how the layers really add to the outfits’ interest while bringing everything together nicely without being matchy matchy? No uniforms here! Need more ideas? Check out my “What to Wear – Portraits” board on Pinterest! Remember that each client also receives a “What to Wear Guide” as well as advice from me on what would work best for your session at a given location. Spring portrait sessions are booking up quickly, so if you would like to get on the calendar, contact Yvonne Niemann Photography today! 314.265.7142 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring is just around the corner and I know many of you are already thinking of what to wear for your upcoming Spring portrait sessions. Here’s one example of how to put together outfits for a family portrait session here in St. Louis. Notice how the colors coordinate, but aren’t too matchy matchy. The layers and textures give interest, while not distracting from the subjects. These colors would be lovely with the fresh grass and blooms that mother natures gives us in the next season. Have fun putting together your wardrobe and make sure each outfit reflects individual style and personality. Everyone should coordinate, but should let their true selves shine through!
I get a lot of questions on how to improve family candid images and I try to answer them through my monthly e-newsletter and here on the blog. I think it’s important to capture those everyday moments to document our families – not only for us parents, but also for our children and the generations to come, which is why I like to help people make their candids that much better. This past month I received the following question from Kelly P.
“…I have recently begun branching out and trying to learn to use my camera’s manual setting. My main objects are usually my kids! What I’m having trouble with is, trying to adjust the ISO, Aperture and shutter quickly before the moment has passed. I literally look up from my camera and they have gone! Is there a trick I am missing? Some fast way of adjusting settings in manual to capture quick moments with kids?…”
Thank you Kelly for your question. Manual settings can be a bit hard if you’re accustomed to the automatic modes on your camera. I only shoot in manual and I also deal with a lot of fast moving kiddos, so I know I can give you some advice on this subject. (the images above are some images of my daughter, Lily, running around) What I do is figure out what my ISO should be first. Remember back in film days? You had to buy film and you chose the type of film for the type of setting you would be shooting in. The most popular film was ISO 400, which gave you a wide range of sun conditions from sunny to cloudy days to even indoor situations. ISO 100-200 film is for super bright sunny days and 800-3200 film is for dark conditions (or sometimes just for a grainy look/feel in your B&W images). Well, digital ISO is pretty much the same. So, pick your ISO for the type of lighting conditions you’re in and then choose an aperture. I’m not sure what lens you have, but the smaller the f/stop number, the shallower the depth of field you’ll have. I tend to shoot a bit wide open (large aperture, low f/stop number). I just love how you get separation from your subject and your background this way. This can be tricky though too, as the area that will be in focus may be very small, so you have to make sure that you’re nailing your focus on your intended subject. To be on the safe side, go with f/5.6 – or even higher. Remember, the higher the f/stop number, the more of your scene will be in focus, which is great for moving targets! Now that you have your ISO and Aperture set, leave them there and all you have to worry about is moving your shutter speed dial. Much faster than trying to adjust all three on the go. Just remember, if you have a fast moving child, you want your shutter speed to be 1/125 or faster or you’ll get motion blur. I prefer 1/250 for running children. If you find that your shutter speed is going lower than 1/125, then adjust to a higher ISO. The other piece of advice that I can give you to make things even easier, is try to find a spot that has pretty consistent light, so your lil’ one isn’t running from shade, into sun, back into shade, back to bright sun, etc…. I know, easier said that done, but IF you can find such an area, you’ll be in heaven as once you set up your camera settings, you won’t have to make any adjustments and you can just shoot away! Hope this helps! Let me know if you need anything else. Happy to help.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and what could be more perfect than mother/daughter portraits?! Below is a little inspiration for just that type of photography session! Notice the coordinating colors and the textures. These elements really lend well to portraits. Play and have fun with your outfits. The most important thing is to make sure you wear something that makes you feel pretty, as that attitude will shine through when you’re in front of the camera, resulting in beautiful portraits that you will cherish for life. Happy shopping!
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