How to take better photos of your kids at Starbucks (or anywhere) | St. Augustine, FL Family Photographer | Jacksonville, FL Family Photographer
Last week we were on Spring Break (take me back!). As really odd Florida people we headed to the mountains. To the cold, a little snow, fires, smores, and all that goes with it. We truly love it there and are blessed to be able to go year after year.
We often do a day trip to Chattanooga, TN while at the cabin. My girls love the Tennessee Aquarium (if you follow Facebook or Instagram you've been seeing some photos) and the rock climbing gym High Point Climbing Gym there.
Well, this time my mother in law wanted to "See Rock City" so off we went. It was FREEZING. Before walking in we warmed up at the Starbucks across the street. After the girls got their muffins and hot chocolate I noticed, AMAZING LIGHT. Perfect. And since we were on vacation and I brought the big camera I took full advantage of it.
I did a Lifestyle photoshoot in Starbucks.
Did I tell everyone where to go, or how to pose? No. (ok, I said look at me once to each girl, lol) I captured what they were doing utilizing the light. And if I can do a photoshoot there, it can be done anywhere. Using the same tips. So here are
Three Tips For A Starbucks Photoshoot (or at home)
1. FIND THE LIGHT:
Photography was based simply on "painting with light". Using light and shadows to capture people, places and things. Your camera process the light like your eye does then captures it to keep forever. So, what do you need?
In the photo below you will see. They were sitting next to a large window. As it was snowing outside (in March), it was overcast so the light was soft and perfect. The window behind them actually doesn't make or break your photo. Being next to a good light source is all you need.
In the above image, did I clean it all up? No. Did I ask people to move to try not to get randoms in the background? Nope. It's life. It's real. As a mom we just want to capture our kids. Being themselves, in this stage of life. And this stage of life is not perfect, so why does the photo need to be?
2. Shoot with the Light Behind You
So yes, I was smooshing myself against the window to get the perfect shots and light, but it was worth it. If your subject is in front of the light there is a whole system of posing, etc.. to make sure it still looks good (and it can for certain back lighting can be AWESOME). But if you can, without blocking the light source stand near it. Living room windows, bedroom windows, hotel room windows if on vacation, restaurants, anywhere you go and want to capture the memories for your family FIND THE LIGHT and then have it behind you. To show you what I mean I did the same thing with both my girls. I told them to look up at me. Cayden was facing the light, Kylie was not.
As you can see Kylie's face isn't as clear or bright. Now, I did edit it to try and fix my mistake, but messy face and all, this is her. At age 7...eating a chocolate chip muffin.
3. CAPTURE THE DETAILS
The details of the moment are all around you. If I had planned this session I would have gotten a photo of the muffins in the case, maybe even the front of the store if I really wanted to layout a page in my album strictly from here. But, again, this wasn't planned, so I did my best. At home, take photos of the toys their playing with, the snack their eating, the pile of Pokemon cards next to them or how they lay out their trains just so. How they hold their lovies or suck their thumb. Whatever is happening AT THAT MOMENT. Not staged, not set up, life in all it's crazy, messy beauty.
Now GO, grab that big camera (or even your phone if it's all you have) and capture the normal, everyday, messy, crazy beauty that surround the little ones in your life.
Want to learn more about being a Papparazzi Parent? Contact me to find out how you can grab a few friends, your cameras, some coffee (or wine) and I can come to you to teach you all how to get off Auto and take better photos of your children everyday.
After all, no one is going to pay a photographer to follow them around the Zoo or Disney right?
But, in case you want to.. I'm in.
Keep scrolling for a few more that I did in my Starbucks Photoshoot.
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