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Spending time with family is always a great opportunity to not only improve your photography skills but also give your family a surprise gift!

I’m lucky enough to have 2 beautiful nieces with another on the way! So there’s no end of family days out.

Outstanding in her field

Outstanding in her field – Matt Preston

This is one of my favourite photos. I’d prefer it if there wasn’t a fence in the background but you could argue that it adds a bit of texture and background to the image.

Pretty dress

Pretty Dress – Matt Preston

The great thing about kids is they have very little fear of cameras. It’s usually when adults get involved that they’re told to “say cheese” or smile unnaturally. Most of the time they’re happy to run around as though you’re not there. Of course if they do know what you’re doing it’s usually pretty easy to make them laugh, bringing out a great smile and compelling image.

Shy Smile

Shy Smile – Matt Preston

I recommend having a play around with settings in your photo editing software. You may find your photo becomes a lot more compelling if you up the contrast, reduce the saturation, etc. Family portraits often work well in black & white or even this de-saturated “aged photo” look.

Don’t be shy with your camera even when you’re at the park with lots of other kids around. While some people say “Make sure you don’t get any other kids in the shot” for fear of being shouted at by a protective parent one thing you’ll notice is that every parent has a digital camera in their hand these days, eager to snap more pics of their sons and daughters.

For more photos check out my Flickr Photostream.

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One Comment

  1. Great example of children portrait that not stuck to cliches.
    I love the first one, it has a classic feeling to it with the vignetting effect.

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