3 Tips for Better Indoor Photography
Some of the sweetest, most true-to-life photos that can be captured of a family are the indoor, at home ones. I’d love to share a few tips that can help make those images look their very best!
First, like with all photography, consider your best light sources. If possible, throw open those window shades and flood the room with as much light as possible! Many times, I even open the front door to let extra light in 🙂 If the room is bright, your images will be more evenly lit (meaning you won’t have to deal with dark shadows or – gasp – have to turn on those orange-y lamps!). Try to position your subject next to or in front of this light source. Also, remember that people will feel their most comfortable in their favorite rooms, so think Family room, kids’ rooms, or even the kitchen when it comes to the location.
Next, notice the background of whatever room you choose to shoot in. Are you wanting a candid, this-is-life photo (complete with a box of Pampers and dirty dishes in the background) or are you wanting more of a formal, minimalistic feel? Either way, decide which you’d prefer before shooting, to avoid removing undesirable items in Photoshop later! I personally like the candid look, as long as I remember to take out any glaring items. I want the people I’m photographing to be the focal point, not the leftover granola bar wrapper in the corner!
Lastly, think about the overall feel of the image you’re wanting to capture, as well as the people in it. If you’re photographing children, why not catch them doing something they love, such as dancing around the room…playing a favorite game…or holding a loved toy? I like having kids sit and tell me a story about school or something that they did that day – kids love to talk, and it’s sweet to photograph their expressions when sharing a story!