ilene mao

photographer | designer

Tips on photographing kids

A Beginner’s Guide to Photographing Children

1. Shooting at Home

Taking pictures at home, rather than in a professional studio, has become popular in recent years. Your home is a much more natural environment for children, as it instantly puts them at ease.

Start by moving the couch out of the living room to create an area big enough for the shoot. Use your own decor as props, be creative and incorporate toys, wagons, etc, things that they normally will play with.

Window lighting provides beautiful natural, directional light that you can utilise during the shoot.

White ceiling and walls are perfect for bounce flash - if they’re a different colour, use a white sheet.

Most importantly, make people feel comfortable at home. Don’t make too many changes to their natural

2. Kids are Impatient

Make sure that you perfect the setup first before bringing in the kids - they’ll quickly lose patience with you if you’re not ready.

Use faster, longer lenses to defocus the background - telephoto is the best or prime lenses to get a beautiful bokeh

Position your subjects at least 6 feet in front of the background, in order to defocus background and to drop shadows behind them.

3. Using Flash

Use a flashgun to help freeze children’s movements.

Bounce the flash off the ceiling to increase the lighting sweet spot - setting the shutter speed to 1/25th sec and the aperture to f/4 is a good starting point.

Invest in a flashgun that can be tilted towards both walls and ceilings.

I planted these beauties about 2 months ago, I propagated it from my mother in-laws garden, and in the past few days they bloomed so beautifully and ready to be photographed.  I photographed them at 4pm to get some nice sunlight.   Photographed with a tripod with most and the rest free hand with my Canon 5DMk3, telephoto lens -

magictransistor:

Ernst Haeckel, Kunstformen der Natur : Art Forms of Nature (Lithographic and Autotype prints), Published in sets of ten between 1899 and 1904.

Beautiful!!!😍😍

(via dailybungalow)

Project Hydrangea.   I love the delicate petals on this flower, but it was a challenge to photograph, I like this better in monochrome, so I played around in lightroom - trying to keep it soft and delicate without ruining it.  

I had the honor to photograph a beautiful couple and their 2-week old infant this past week in San Diego, CA - God’s precious gifts are so wonderful and this beautiful baby Scarlett was a little angel :)  This was just a selection of black and whites that I loved.

#cacti#succulent#love#greengoodness#ilenemaophotography

#cacti#succulent#love#greengoodness#ilenemaophotography

#cactilove#succulents#artonsoil#ilenemaophotography

#cactilove#succulents#artonsoil#ilenemaophotography

#whitelines#ilenemaophotography

#whitelines#ilenemaophotography

#couplesinlove#photooftheday#ilenemaophotography

#couplesinlove#photooftheday#ilenemaophotography

Just picked up the final product! Botanical commissioned pieces; love, peace, faith, hope. Photo of the pieces on the wall to follow.

#flying solo #ilenemaophotography

#flying solo #ilenemaophotography

#pink roses #ilenemaophotography #bokehlicious

#pink roses #ilenemaophotography #bokehlicious

Making our way to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Making our way to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Macro Monday - part of the lotus flower

Macro Monday - part of the lotus flower