Whether you are a photographer or a parent who wants to be able to take pictures you love of your kids, How To Take Gorgeous Photos of Your Kids by Rachel Devine is loaded with advice and guidance to do just that. A follow-on to the book How to Take Gorgeous Photos of Your Kids are the Kids Posing Guides. The posing guides take the information in to book and put it in a practical, portable format.
As Rachel says, in our digital age it is easy to shoot large numbers of frames, with the hope of fixing them later, rather than taking the time to set up the shot and think about what you want and what the final photo will look like. Her goal is to “inspire kid photographers”, those who have a passion to capture personality in a photograph.
This is not a technical book about the rules of exposure or how to use your camera, but rather one which challenges you to think about the picture you are taking and how you can change the look and feel with things like environment, styling, finding the light, and composition. At the end of each chapter are a few questions to consider, which help the reader process the chapter’s information and quickly apply it to their situation.
How to Take Gorgeous Photos of Your Kids
If you’ve ever tried taking pictures of kids, especially those who are not your own, you know all too well the challenges of posing them and working with the different personalities. Some kids are shy and refuse to smile, others have big personalities that can take over. Fast toddlers present challenges when you need them to stay still, as do tweens who aren’t as in to having their picture taken. So what do you do? Rachel gives tips and tricks for working with each type of child to make them relaxed and natural and show their unique personality. As a family photographer I found her tips to be very valuable. Every time we go into a shoot that involves children, we never know what we are going to get. From the kid that just got woken up from a nap and refused to smile, to the one who wouldn’t let his dad put him down the entire time. But even within those challenges there are opportunities for incredible shots, and Rachel’s e-book is more than a starting point on how to achieve them.
A section near the end shows how to cull your photos, or reduce them down to the really quality pictures that you want to keep, very helpful for those of us who are familiar with loading up our computer with all the pictures we have taken. And then she provides a section on pushing yourself with eight different scenarios which give you specifics to try in order to challenge your style or how you are used to taking photos. Rather than throwing information at the reader, Rachel gives practical steps to take and try, beyond the usual “Photography 101” ideas. If you want to improve your photography and capture those special moments, I recommend this e-book for those already in the business, just starting out in picture-taking, or for moms looking to capture great photos of their own kids!
If you want to apply the techniques in the book and take it further then purchase the Kids Posing Guides. There are five posing guides in the package: guides for babies, toddlers, little kids, big kids and tweens. They are tutorials, illustrated guides and a printable reference sheet for on-the-go shooting. With each category needing such different approaches to photography, these guides are valuable additions to the e-book.
To Purchase the Kids Posing Guides, follow this link. You can purchase both the book and the Kids Posing Guide as a bundle.
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