Family Summer Photos in St.Louis, MO by Resa Design Photography ©2015

I had so much fun with this sweet family during their session in a beautiful meadow. It started with, “HI RESA!!!!” as the little guys jumped out of the car and ran to me. I mean, how could it not be amazing. He had never met me but was so excited to make a new friend and let me capture his sweet face.

Family Summer Photos in St.Louis, MO by Resa Design Photography ©2015

The sky isn’t always this amazing for me.. We pushed back a night because of crazy high heat, and I am SOOOOO glad we did.
Family Photos by Resa Troyer for Resa Design ©2015

This left shot is one of my favorite to get of young children. To capture this shot, have the child lay down. Step over them (so their body is between your feet). And shoot. If the child is little, it’s easy to gently use the sides of your feet to hold them from rolling over.

Family Summer Photos in St.Louis, MO by Resa Design Photography ©2015 Family Summer Photos in St.Louis, MO by Resa Design Photography ©2015

It’s so hard to get toddler to stay in one spot or even near one spot for family photo sessions. I always pack some vintage toys for shoots like this. It keeps them busy and interested, and well they still run away, but not the whole time. Family Summer Photos in St.Louis, MO by Resa Design Photography ©2015

The end of a session is sometimes my favorite. Everyone is done trying to pose, and either tired or relaxed. These sweet moments will be cherished I am sure.

Indoor Natural LightIndoor Natural LightA few months ago I got to create these images of two adorable siblings. Sister was not so thrilled with having her photos taken, but we got a few without too many tears. Big Brother was a trooper and totally great in front of the camera.

Taken in the client’s home using natural window light.

How to utilize natural light indoors during cold weather: 1- find the brightest set of windows in the house. (windows act as a great diffuser as long as the light is blasting through) 2- play with the position of your subject. In these photos, i had the clients perpendicular to the windows and I mainly kept my back towards the light source. Because of this, one side of their faces is a little darker than the other. If you don’t like that, turn the subject more straight on with the window.

I love this video tutorial from Photography Concentrate on how to use window light:

Tired of taking sub-par photos of your kids? These 3 simple adjustments will have you taking the photographs you like in no time.

1- Get close! Don’t be afraid. Get right up in their space. They really don’t have a sense of personal space anyway.

2- Eliminate distractions. Push aside extra toys, blankets, etc. These things clutter your photo and keep your eye from the main event, your cute kid!

3- Aim for center. Frame your shot so you are getting their nose right in the middle of your camera view. If you were playing tic-tac-toe in/on your camera viewer, this would be the center space, or just above it on the line.

How I got the shot above. The sun was close to setting. We took a quick walk to a grassy area near our house. I asked him to lay in the grass but he was getting itchy and didn’t want to lay his head down. He had his hands behind his head like he was relaxing. I stood over him (with one foot basically on either side of his head). I said something funny like, “Watch out, I’m going to sit on you!” And then I took a few shots. This one is my favorite.

In Photoshop I brightened his teeth, adjusted the lighting a little bit, changed it to black and white, and took off a few specks of “boy dust” as I call it off his face (aka DIRT).

Candid photos are maybe my second favorite kind (right behind black and white). I think one of the tricks to capturing your own kids without them posing, is taking photos often. Eventually I think their brains say, “Oh, there’s mom with the camera again.” Sometimes I take a few posed ones, and then when we are ‘done’, I shoot a few more. Distracted children are also easier to photograph candidly, and whatever they are/were doing is what made you pick up the camera in the first place. So just get them back to that task. Don’t be afraid to recreate an event if you missed it.

CHALLENGE: Take a photo of your kids doing work.
Tying shoes,
Eating an apple,
Brushing teeth,
Making a sandwich,
Cleaning up (does that even happen if you’re watching?)…

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