Documenting the passing of the seasons is a wonderful way to mark your family’s growth.
Focus on what makes each season special to your family, noting any traditions or seasonal rites of passage. Start a family tradition of remaking the same photograph or visiting the same location year after year.
Autumn colour provides a spectacular backdrop for outdoor photos. To make the most of the bright hues, get out early or stay out late to take advantage of directional sunlight. But don’t put your camera away just because the sun isn’t out. Autumn colours appear especially intense on overcast days. And when the leaves have all turned brown and fallen to the ground, don’t discount the splendour of the muted tones.
Snowy pictures require a little bit of extra camera work to properly expose for the bright white. Set your camera to overexpose (check your manual for exposure compensation) a little bit to make sure the snow doesn’t read as grey and muddy. Getting the contrast right can be tricky, too. Look out for subjects with really bright colours, which will help them to stand out.
There is a weightlessness and carefree feeling to summer. Time seems to slow down. No one is weighed down by winter coats or boots (or schoolwork), and we’re outdoors all day long. Summer adventures and activities make for colourful photographs and the light seems to go on forever.
Real Life Family Photography is Amy Drucker’s guide to going beyond the birthday snapshot and learning how to take inspired and unposed family photographs that capture the ages and stages of family life. Real Life Family Photography puts an end to awkward family photos, encouraging you to take inspiration from the every day details, while offering tips on fundamental techniques such as exposure, composition, lighting and focus. There’s even advice on how to photograph babies and pets, giving you the knowledge and freedom you need to take unique, frame-worthy pictures.