I recently hosted a number of Mommy & Me Photography classes and had so much fun teaching tips and tricks to a group of moms who wanted to learn how to take quality photos of their kids. When setting up these classes, I stressed that no fancy equipment was necessary. The only prerequisite was an interest to learn and eagerness to apply the new skills instantly with hands-on guidance by me. Throughout the class I reinforced the process composing a great image by thinking of background, position and light. At the end of one particular class I was asked “What do I do when there is nothing around and the sun is really bright?” My first thought was the beach. With summer quickly approaching I wanted to provide my top 3 beach photography tips that will improve your images instantly.
A beach provides a variety of frame worthy photo opportunities, however it is not short in photography challenges. Depending on the time and location a beach can be crowded, which causes cluttered backgrounds and not so flattering beach goers. As you see in the images below my background is clutter free and celebrates the sand, surf and sky.
Tip #1: Get Low
When working with clients or even my own child you will find me constantly moving into various positions to capture the right angle. Being in a squat or even laying down provides a unique perspective. On a crowded beach you could also use this “low” position to your advantage by minimizing the amount of “clutter” in the background. In the image of the child throwing the rocks I actually used a waterproof go-pro camera, which is a fun creative tool to use at the beach. You can even allow your kids to participate in taking images and capture memories from their perspective.
Tip #2: Details
Detail images really enhance the story of a beach vacation or day trip. Those little things that might only happen at the certain time in life, for example, baby toes in the water, sand on a toddler’s face, a special toy car that is brought everywhere they go. A detail that when you look back marks a certain time and fond memory.
Tip #3: Light (morning, mid-day and evening) Light is one of the most important elements of photography. As a professional photographer I am constantly looking for the best light when working on-location with a client. Capturing the light correctly will transform a good image to great. You might not have the opportunity to be on the beach at the ideal morning or evening light, but you can still take great images during the mid-day sun.
Utilize a sun umbrella, sun tent or even a hat to soften the light on a child’s face and prevent them from squinting and/or having a harsh shadow on their face.
Move around your subject to test where the best light is falling, start with the sun at your back.
Always take more than one image, as soon as you stop that is when a child will crack a smile or make a cute face.
As a photographer I am constantly finding locations for a perfect photoshoot session. I catalog them in my head, make note of different set ups and plan to visit again as soon as a client comes along that will make the location come to life. A close friend of mine was visiting from out of state with her two blue-eyed children in tow and I knew it was a perfect time to revisit a local farm that has the most amazing birch trees and weathered barn. In all seriousness I have been waiting for years to photograph these birch trees and my friend’s cutest little 18 month old girl was the ideal person to make this on-location photoshoot a true success.
So if you are ready for your next family photo session send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I can’t wait to hear from you!
This year has been full of fun and exciting projects. When I was building this post I couldn’t believe all that I accomplished during the past year. I landed my first magazine cover, which was a huge bucket list item for me. Lifestyle photography was a large part of my assignments this year and I was happy to capture images for families and incorporate this style of photography to my new big project, Make & Taste blog. Make & Taste has also brought on food photography assignments and I’m so happy I can apply both styles for one purpose. I’m looking forward to what 2017 will bring and grateful for all your support along the way. The below work is a small snippet of my favorite images over the year.
I know it’s been awhile since I last posted on my blog, but if you have been following Make&Taste you would know why. Since the launch of Make & Taste I have published over 126 posts and by the end of this year that will grow to 141 thanks to the help of some guest contributors. (Thank You!!) The organic growth of the site has been in large part due to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest, so thank you for supporting the blog. The blog has welcomed over 8,600 views from over 19 countries and is growing by the day. I have completed more than 115 photo shoots either at my home or at the home of my local contributors, so you can imagine the amount of food and lifestyle photography I have compiled. This is why I decided to dedicate a space on my Nicole Bedard Photography website to showcase my current work with Make & Taste. I have curated the top 20 images for both Lifestyle and Food photography to share with you. I will be updating the portfolio of work as I go, but was excited to share all the great work happening on a weekly basis. Enjoy, feedback welcomed!
Have a Happy New Year! Exciting things to come in 2017
What is Make & Taste? It’s a children’s lifestyle and food blog.
I’m so excited to finally share Make & Taste with you. My friends and family know my love of baking and cooking and I’m now passing on my knowledge to my kitchen and grill loving toddler. I will share the recipes we make together and document our fun through inspiring food, lifestyle and product photography, while featuring others who share the same passion and food road trips.