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5 Tips to Document Your Life at Home

Hey there!  I’ve got a post for you today that I hope you find useful.  But first, I have some amazing news.  For those that have been waiting for my Winter Sale- it’s here!  You can get all the details by clicking here.   Hurry!  The sale is around for a limited time only.

Even with my amazing sale, I know that having an in-home photography session just might not be in the budget.  I get it, believe me, I do.  If you’re one of those that love lifestyle photography, but the timing isn’t right for your family, read on, my friend.  I wrote this post for you.

I have 5 tips to document your life at home.  It won’t be quite like having a professional in your home, but hopefully you’ll learn a thing about documenting your life right now.  That’s really my heart for you guys-recording your life as it is because real life is beautiful.

So let’s go!

 

  1. Go wide to set the scene.

In my in-home sessions I like to take three types pictures and I always start with a wide shot to show the scene. I think of this as the setting at the beginning of a story- you are showing the setting. This is a great shot to set the scene to your story. (Yep, that’s an iPhone capture because sometimes simple is best.)

2. Grab the details.

This is key to documenting any day or event as it helps complete the scene and tell the story. Get in tight and capture just parts of whatever you’re taking a picture of- it really makes you feel like you’re back in the moment.

3. Find interesting angles.

This can be the most challenging for professionals and enthusiasts alike. Someone may just pick up the camera and take a picture at eye level and snap the shutter just as our eye might see it. That doesn’t always make a great picture. Think about getting down on baby’s level, shoot from above, or use a mirror. I love using layers (as in the picture with my son learning to shave on the right) when telling a story through photos. Try to think outside the box. And hey, sometimes it doesn’t work, but sometimes you create something truly magical.

4. Use a unique light source.

Lately this tip has been my favorite way to play and push me in my own creativity. An open window creates beautiful even light that can make dreamy pictures, but what about a harsh, direct light or very little light? I love how photographers are using splotchy shadows on purpose to add drama and mystery. Give it a try!

5. Hand the camera over or use a tripod.

This one can be a challenge for me because I have control-freak tendencies with a hint of perfectionism. My husband will be so happy now that I have stated this in written form:) Hey- self-addmission is the first step. When I have a certain vision for how I want something captured, it can be frustrating for me to not have the end product match what I have envisioned. Other times I have been so delighted and surprised with what happens when I stop clutching my camera so tightly. My husband took the photo on the left and my 9-year-old took the one on the right- two cherished memories go along with each of those images. 

I hope that you find these tips helpful!  Tag me on IG or Facebook when you use one.  I’d love to see what you create!

Kaela Green | 720.263.6083 | kaela@kaelagreen.com

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  • Jennifer K - 12:05 pm

    These tips are so great, Kaela! And I love the photos you use as examples — beautiful sense of place and story. Wonderful post!!ReplyCancel

    • Kaela - 12:10 pm

      Hi Jennifer! Thank you for your comment and for stopping by. I love you work too! I’m grateful for your kind words!ReplyCancel

  • Jennie Crate - 2:33 pm

    These are great tips! I don’t do enough documenting at home at all!ReplyCancel

    • Kaela - 2:37 pm

      It can feel like more “work”, but soooo worth it! Our families deserve our time and talents too:)ReplyCancel

  • Kara - 2:34 pm

    Great tips – love the last two especially! ReplyCancel

    • Kaela - 2:36 pm

      Hi Kara- thanks for taking the time to comment. I appreciate you!ReplyCancel

  • Susannah - 5:42 pm

    That shaving photo with the teen and dad cropped out a bit–is AMAZING! I love it. Great tips.ReplyCancel

    • Kaela - 6:11 pm

      Thank you, Susannah! That’s my son and he gave me permission to share that image:) Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - 5:59 pm

    These are such great photography tips that anyone can benefit from! I especially love the photo of the light shining down on the boy in the chair!ReplyCancel

    • Kaela - 6:15 pm

      Thanks so much, Lauren! I appreciate you taking the time to comment:)ReplyCancel

  • Valeria - 1:33 am

    Oh all these tips make for such a great way to tell the full story! Love themReplyCancel

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