Now that you’ve got a few things under your belt we can move onto playing around with the way you shoot, deciding what angle is the best for your particular situation. What exactly are you trying to emphasize in your image, it is the depths of the forest, the details of tiny toes, a halo of sunlight or the massive world around? This is where your voice will really start to show, the way you see something is the way your viewer is going to experience it as well. Finding your angle is what’s going to make your photos different from any one else’s and give the viewer a visual of how you see the world and your little one in it.
Tip No. 4
TRY DIFFERENT ANGLES
For several years I volunteered at a youth photo program, we would meet our mentees in different shooting environments, both of us would shoot, watch each other and take note. One of the first things I would say before we started shooting was to try shoot from all sorts of angles and perspectives: a bird’s eye view, a bugs view, a baby’s view, a giant’s view and your personal view. Think about your subject’s perspective, how they are viewing the world at 2 feet tall? What is your perspective in relation to your subject? What would make the most beautiful/interesting/powerful shot? I notice when I am shooting little ones I find myself at their eye level a lot of the time. I also like to shoot from above or wide, as it gives a sense of size and is a great way to mark growth throughout the years.
For this part of the series, let your subject shine! Whether it be the soft curl atop your babe’s head, a messy face or the beauty in the way your little one creates with their hands, let that be the focus. Next time you’re photographing your child get to their level and see how it affects your imagery. Finding the right angle takes years and years of practice and honing in on but the more you are able to run through these steps the more they’ll become like second nature. Be free, try things you wouldn’t normally do, move around your subject, look through the viewfinder and see how the image looks once its cropped in the frame of your camera. Take the shot. Then try a different angle. There are 100s of ways to take one photo, so just take a shot and see where it leads you
One doesn’t stop seeing. One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and turn on. It’s on all the time– Annie Leibovitz