It’s true what they say – that pictures tell a story. But, not all pictures tell great stories by happenstance. There is more to documenting an event or outing with the fam than just clicking the button.
One of the ways I try to tell a story is by thinking of pictures that might potentially play out well and tell the story of our day. For example, we went to Sneads Park during the fall, and I imagined all the different photos I might be able to take of our son. Pictures of him with the goats, the daisies, and all the pumpkin displays. None of this was staged though. I let the memories happen as they were, and I was just there ready to capture the moments.
When we first got to Sneads, I scoped the area out and saw that there were several pumpkin displays, a small tractor, daisies, animals, and more. By scoping out the area, you’re able to think of the places you might want to be ready to take pictures as moments unfold and you can start thinking of how to frame the pictures you intend to take. You can also look around to see where the good/bad light is located and how you might want that to play into the story. You may not always have control over this, but some decisions can be made when you get there. For instance, there was a pumpkin patch that was kinda sad looking with terrible pumpkins and the sun was SO harsh. I didn’t have my camera out over there, because I knew I didn’t want to shoot over there.
When our family is on an outing, I like to try to get a good combo of horizontal and vertical photographs. Sometimes seeing the scene in different orientations can help tell the story of your day. I also like to try and get more detailed photographs if I can. We all know this can be a challenge with the quick little ones, but it’s always worth the try to me.
We went strawberry picking recently, and my son found a ladybug amongst the strawberries, so I made sure to capture the ladybug and his smaller details, like his hands holding it. Obviously I could have never planned for him to find a ladybug, but you get the gist. Go with the flow, and shoot details when they arise. Another example of a detail photo while strawberry picking are the strawberries and little hands picking them.
You can also try to take pictures from your kids perspective. For instance, if they’re on the floor and crawling, get on the floor and shoot from that level. You can shoot from above or below them as well.
When trying to tell a story it’s important to remember that above all, your kiddos will want to see your face while you’re making memories together. So don’t forget to put it down and have fun and get dirty!