If you have a teen or pre-teen daughter, you’ve probably realized her life revolves around two things – her friends and her phone. And, one of her favorite activities might be to take pictures with her friends to post on social media with her phone!
Shortly after school started this year, my daughter asked if I would take some pictures of her and her friends. The have been friends through and wanted to celebrate their friendship in a fun way. I love taking pictures and have had to learn a little bit about photography for this website, but am very, very, very far from being a pro. If you too are just a mom with a camera, you can still take some great pictures of your kids and their friends. Here are a few of my tips for a friendship inspired photo shoot.
1. Schedule the pictures during the golden hour. Once they decided to take pictures, I asked my daughter to pick an early evening that would work with everyone’s schedule. Taking pictures at that golden hour, shortly before sunset when the sun is softer, makes the lighting much less tricky. Also, it’s easier to get a few sun streaks in picture, like the one above, and the picture at the beginning of this post.
2. Pick a location. Outdoor locations are always going to have better lighting than indoors. My favorite outdoor locations include multiple buildings or backdrops with different textures. Gardens, tree lined walkways and building with great texture, like the one in the above picture, make the pictures more interesting.
3. Have your teen search online for ideas. When my daughter came to me with her idea, I asked her to search online for friends photoshoot ideas. I wasn’t exactly sure what types of pictures she wanted to take. She created a collection of pictures that she liked, which was a great way to see how to “pose” a group of friends.
4. Take a few individual shots. While the girls were deciding where to next take their picture, I snapped a few individual shots of each girl. Not every picture has to be a selfie!
5. Get artsy! My daughter loves an artsy picture. For me, artsy means I can use a filter or a photo preset to change the look of a photo. While taking pictures of my kids, I find that getting the lighting and skin coloring just right to be one of the toughest parts of taking pictures. Since my daughter loves to use filters or other presets, photos don’t have to have perfect lighting to be great.