Here at Hoss Photography, we know that professional family photography is not on your list of priorities. Too many other things to consider - fix the washing machine, service the car, buy new school uniforms. Everyday modern life has a way of clouding our view of what really matters. And never has this been hammered home to me more clearly than on a recent trip to Northern France.
Going on holiday? Make sure you get good memories.
- Plan Ahead - Remember to charge your batteries and take along extra memory cards.
- Look for Interesting Details - Break up the monotony of people and selfies with interesting details that capture a certain moment.
- Shoot Moments Not Poses - It might be tempting to run around with your camera yelling ‘Smile’, but it’s often better to shoot a moment rather than a pose – like opening presents, laughing, swimming…
- Remember the Rule of Thirds - Put your main subject or focal point off centre – not to the actual side, just slightly off the middle of the frame.
- Zoom in to the Details - After you’ve taken the obligatory full length shot, put on the long lens and see what details you can pick out.
- Act Fast with Groups - Allow your subjects a few seconds to compose themselves before focusing the camera on them, but don’t take too long to press the shutter. People tend to get impatient and might talk, blink or frown in the photograph!
- Get Down to Eye Level with Children - It’s tempting to shoot down at children, but this often results in ‘distant’ and unflattering pictures. Try getting right down on their level for a more interesting view or their world.
PS DON'T FORGET YOUR PASSPORT! We're offering a set of 4 passport pictures for just £15 Pictures you'll be proud to have in your passport - satisfaction guaranteed (offer ends 31st August 2016)
OK, so we’ve been in business for 22 years now – that’s a fair number of weddings Hoss has photographed, and a great many fabulous pictures. We’ve witnessed our fair share of nervous couples and their parents, who have been to see us to discuss exactly how they envisage their wedding photography.
Over all these years, I’ve prided myself on calming their nerves, making cups of tea, and reassuring them that their wedding photography will be all they hope for and more. Oh my goodness! I had no idea what these poor people were going through!
My own son is due to marry this month, and here I am on the other side of the fence. We’ve shopped for dresses, shoes, earrings and bags… We’ve designed invitations, orders of service, wedding favours and table arrangements… We’ve researched countless venues, cakes, florists and cars…