Sneak Peek | 3 Tips for Perfect Outdoor Summer Photos

Sunday I met up with this adorable little trio for some updated family portraits. Kerrie and her kiddos Lana and Ryan were a blast to work with. I know, I know, that sounds cliche. But it's true. Ryan was game for almost anything (no holding hands, MOM!) and Lana was as sweet as pie. 

Of all the adorable shots I captured, I had to somehow choose one to share as their Sneak Peek. This one won the contest. If it wouldn't be totally corny, I'd draw little hearts all over it. I LOVE this photo! Perfect smiles, perfect hugs, perfect capture of this moment in their lives.

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Our time together made me think... a lot of people will be together for the 4th of July holiday week and many family photos will be taken. Whether you're using an iPhone, a point-and-shoots or a big fancy DSLR, I want you get the best shots you can. Here are some tips to help you get there.

3 Tips for Perfect Outdoor Summer Photos

  1. BE SHADY.  Making your sister stand in the bright sunlight and squint at the camera is no fun for anyone.  (Plus, who wants raccoon eyes?) Find a spot under a leafy tree or on the shady side of a building. 
  2. GET ORIENTATED. The orientation of the camera (horizontal or vertical) makes a huge difference - especially when you're photographing a group of people. A general rule of thumb - go horizontal with three or more people in the shot. 
  3. BUZZ OFF. Must. Use. Bug. Spray. Let me put it to you this way: after Sunday's session, I immediately went to Tar-jay and bought a super-sized can of mosquito repellent. And a giant tube of anti-itch cream. 

I hope these ideas save you from bad photos and hungry mosquitos. 

If you'd rather a professional handle the photography end of things, give me a call and let's chat! I'd love to capture your family this summer. (BYOBS.... bring your own bug spray.)