This time of year it is only appropriate to photograph my family picking out a pumpkin at a local pumpkin patch
We were very lucky that this particular pumpkin patch was super fun and they went all out with free activities. A hay ride, a petting zoo, a maze and slide. We had a blast.
Of course as a mom i wanted pictures, and as a photographer i wanted a LOT of them.
Here are a few tips to photographing a fun family outing.
The first thing is to determine the lighting and color and set your camera accordingly. Remember the basic exposure settings are
ISO – cameras sensitivity to light
shutter spped- the speed at which your lens opens to let light in
f/stop- the width the shutter opens at to let more or less light in.
Perfect these three things and you will get great exposed images.
COLOR- also remember that every light source is a different color. White balance in your camera will help you to get the truest color you will need for each situation.
Now to shooting.
I love to photograph the special relationship my son has with his dad so you will notice that there are a lot of pictures of these two playing.
When I am shooting a family outing I never try to pose what they are doing, I just let it happen and I’m ready to take the picture. The child is already doing what he or she wants to be doing so you will get the most natural smiles, and what mom could ask for more.
Its ok to not always get the shot of them looking right at you. Some times when my son isn’t cooperating I get my favorite shot. Like this one of him walking away from the camera with his pumpkin. I LOVE IT!
Just take pictures as you and your family are interacting. Have fun with it and always have your camera ready..
If you want to be in some pictures you can either set the camera for the shot and ask someone to take the picture for you. Or you can teach your husband or wife to use the camera and have them shoot for half the time and you shoot half the time.
That’s how we do it.
I love the holidays and I always bring my camera to fun family outings; the pumpkin patch , Christmas tree, Easter egg hunts, sledding in the snow, or even bowling.
I always try to get a few details of the location as well to establish where we are and for the beauty.
Have fun photographing your family, Even offer to join another family and get shots for them.Such a cool idea and such a fun time.
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