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Tips for Better Photos of Kids | Family Photography

Tips for Better Photos of Kids | Family Photography

More Tips for Better Photos of Kids

In my last tutorial I shared my first 5 tips on how to take better pictures of your kids.  Here are another 5 tips for better photos of kids to really get you on your way!

6. Shoot LOTS

The beauty of digital cameras is you can shoot to your heart’s content, and if you don’t like how it turned out, DELETE!  The best way to master something is to make lots of mistakes.  Chances are, if you take 100 photos of something, you’ll absolutely LOVE at least 10 of them.  Practice.  Try new things.  Play with light, angles, and perspective.  There’s no better way to improve.

7. Timing is everything

You know your kids better than anyone else.  You know if they’re grumpy in the evening, or if they’re little angels when they wake up in the morning.  If you want to capture their sweet side, and you know they’re calm at a certain time of day, plan your photos around that.  If you want to lay a guilt trip on them when they’re older, snap a few shots of them being a holy terror before bedtime!  I have TONS of those kinds of pictures of my kids!  And I think they’ll get a laugh out of them when they’re older, struggling with their own bundles of joy.  Just don’t plan for sweet images of them frolicking in the field when you know they’re overdue for a nap.  You’ll only be disappointed.

8. Remove distractions

Even if you’re working with Photoshop, it isn’t a fun job to remove unwanted distractions from an otherwise perfect photo after the moment has passed.  If you can, clear the scene ahead of time.  I’m all for the messy, real-life photos of kids baking their first batch of cookies, or pictures of them after a serious playdate.  But if you’re going for framable pictures for Daddy’s desk, or something to put on the wall, remove anything that doesn’t add to the picture.

9. Fill the frame, or tell a story

If it doesn’t add to the story you’re telling, take it out of the frame.  Sometimes you don’t have time to tidy up before you take the shot.  That doesn’t mean you can’t eliminate the distractions from the photo.  Get in close!  Fill the frame with your beautiful child.  On the other hand, if he pulled everything out of the pantry while you were loading the washing machine, get that beautiful mess in the shot too!  It’ll be funny…later.

10. Be silly and PLAY

If your kid is anything like my youngest (he’s two – enough said), all he wants to do it touch, see, and grab my camera when I get it out.  I mean, immediately.  You have to find a way to distract them from it.  My son is very proud of his knowledge of various body parts.  All it takes is a simple “where’s your belly?” and he has totally forgotten about the big camera pointing at him.  Do you have a peek-a-boo fan?  Hide behind your camera and make a game out of it.  Maybe your kids are a little older.  Ask them if your feet stink!  You know what makes your kids giggle.  Use that, and capture the joy.

Thanks for visiting Laura Michele Photos.  Remember to keep taking those photos!  Once again, I’d love to see your progress, so post some on my Facebook page when you get a chance.  And remember to contact me the next time you’re ready to get in some photos too.

How to Take Better Pictures of Your Kids  | Photographer Fort Myers

How to Take Better Pictures of Your Kids | Photographer Fort Myers

So you want to learn how to take better pictures of your kids?

You don’t have to be a professional photographer to capture beautiful photos.  I’m going to give you some tips on how to take better pictures of your kids.  While I firmly believe in the importance of hiring a professional photographer at least once a year (you need to get in some pictures, too!), I want everyone to be able to capture those day-to-day moments with their children in the best possible way.  Here are 5 tips (with another 5 tips to come on my next post!) to get you on your way to better pictures of your little ones:

1. Always have your camera handy

Even though we all have those fancy cameras on our smart phones, let’s be honest – the pictures look like a blurry blob with those fast-moving kids!  Get in the habit of having your camera with you at all times.  How many times have you wished you had your camera with you?  Do it!  Before you know it it’ll feel like an extension of you, and you’ll feel lost without it.

2. Pay attention to the light in your house

Walk around your house at different times of the day.  I’ll bet you get some gorgeous light somewhere in there at some point in the day!  Not everyone is in love with light like me, but once you find that beautiful light in your house, you’ll know what I mean.  Do you have a window or door that has a sheer curtain over it?  That’s called diffused light, and it’s some of the best!

3. Be mindful of the location of the sun outside

Sometimes there isn’t enough light inside to get a good photograph (and good photographs don’t use the pop-up flash on your camera!), and you need to take it outside.  There are times of the day that are absolutely perfect for photography, and others…not so much!  You’ll want to be able to put the sun where you want it, and you can only do that when it’s low in the sky.  This is typically 1-2 hours after sunrise, and 1-2 hours before sunset.  If you shoot in the middle of the day, when the sun is high in the sky, you will get nasty shadows under noses and eyes, and people will be squinting.  Unless you have a DSLR that you can shoot in Manual, or some external lighting equipment, you’ll want the sun to be behind you (and on your subjects’ faces.  Otherwise you’ll end up with some silhouettes if you’re shooting toward the sun.

4. Get down to their level

This will really make a difference in the look of your photographs, and they story they tell.  Get down to the eye level of your children.  If they’re on their tummy, get down on YOUR tummy!  See the world from their perspective – tell the story the way they see it.

5. Move around

Try taking some shots of the same thing from different angles and directions.  Are they playing with something or reading a book?  Try taking a shot over their shoulder to see what they see.  Are they jumping on the bed or playing at the park?  Try lying on the ground and shoot up at them.  Experiment with different angles of the same thing!

I hope you enjoyed these little tips on how to take better pictures of your kids.  But even more so, I hope you try them out!  You have the advantage of witnessing all the good stuff.  Document it all!  And if you need some advice on bigger hard drives for all of those pictures, feel free to ask – haha!  I’d love to see some of your photos!  Come on over to my Facebook page and show me what you’ve got.  And don’t forget to contact me at least once a year for those family photos!  They’ll want those in their memory boxes, too!

Another 5 Tips for Taking Better Photos of Kids can be found here.  Thanks for stopping by!

High School Senior Portraits | Fort Myers Senior Photographer

High School Senior Portraits | Fort Myers Senior Photographer

Laura Michele Photos, Fort Myers Senior Photographer, Specializes in High School Senior Portraits

There are few times in life more exciting than your senior year of high school.  So many changes, so many endings, so many beginnings – it’s one of the most important times in life to document.  Even if you’ve religiously photographed your child throughout their life (and kudos to you if you have!), this will likely be the last chance to capture them before their wedding day.  Let that sink in for a minute.  As emotional and exciting as this time is for our “babies”, it’s just as much, or more so for us as parents.  This is my “little girl” here.  I can hardly believe she has grown into this beautiful woman right before my very eyes.  The days seemed to drag on and run together, but they weren’t lying when they said you’d blink and they’d be grown.  How is that possible?  I’m tearing up just writing this post!

Some of my most popular products for my senior portraits are albums, accordion mini albums, wall collections (either canvases, standouts, or mounted framed prints), mobile apps (so you and your teen can easily share on social media and email), and of course digital negatives to keep backups of your beautiful photographs.  I have samples of these lovely professionally produced products, and would love to meet with you so you can see the quality for yourself.  These products are made to last, and can be passed down through generations, as well as enjoyed every day.

If you have a teen in their Junior or Senior year of high school, please contact me today to schedule your one-of-a-kind (and once-in-a-lifetime!) senior portraits session with Laura Michele Photos!

Fort Myers Senior Portraits

High School Senior Portraits | Fort Myers Beach Senior Photographer

High School Senior Portraits | Fort Myers Beach Senior Photographer

Fort Myers Beach Senior Photographer, Laura Michele Photos

High school senior portraits are without a doubt one of my favorite genres to photograph.  Such an exciting time in life – just on the edge of going off into the world as an adult.  Having a clean slate and a head full of dreams!  Oh, and they really, REALLY like being photographed!  It didn’t hurt at all that Chasmyn looks like a model, either. 😉

This beauty was visiting all the way from Illinois, and was such a pleasure to work with!  Fort Myers Beach was her location of choice, and she totally rocked it.  Have a look for yourself!  These are just a few highlights from Chasmyn’s session, and it was so hard to narrow it down to these.

Fort Myers Beach Senior photographer - high school senior collage

I told you she was stunning!  If you are a high school senior, or are getting ready to be one, give me a call or shoot me an email.  We have such a blast during our sessions!!  I work closely with all of my clients before the session to plan out exactly what they’re looking for.  Not sure what to wear?  Send me some photos of your ideas and I’ll help you decide.  Or, just bring all of your “maybes” and we’ll go from there.  Have a look in mind, but not sure of a location that fits with your vision?  I’m happy to suggest locations that will work.  I want to make your high school senior portrait session something you’ll never forget.  I want to bring your vision to life!  Check me out on Facebook or one of my other social media sites, too.  If you have any questions for me, please give me a call at 239-297-7159, or email me at laura@lauramichelephotos.com.  Thanks for visiting Laura Michele Photos!  I hope to hear from you soon!


Fort Myers Newborn Photographer | Twins Newborn Photography

Fort Myers Newborn Photographer | Twins Newborn Photography

Meet Austin and Lillian

Newborns are some of my favorite subjects to photograph.  They’re so sleepy and cuddly and adorable, and it definitely helps me keep my baby fever in check.  🙂  Arleen, mommy-to-be, contacted me a few months before she was due, and I was absolutely THRILLED to hear that she was expecting twins!  I got right to work on new props, hats, and blankets for the boy/girl duo.  I’m slightly obsessed with newborn props!

Meet Miss Lillian, and Mr. Austin, born September 17, 2014 (Yes, once again I’m WAY behind on blog posts – shame on me!).  We actually did two different sessions on two different days; one with family shots, and then another with the cute curly newborn poses.  Let me tell you, these two angels slept through BOTH sessions!  And each session was 2-4 hours long.  They were a dream to work with, and they really allowed me to get some amazing photos for Mom and Dad.  Have a look for yourself!
Collage of newborn twins Collage of newborn twins and family

I’m so happy to have met this wonderful family, and look forward to keeping in touch with them and watching their babies grow!

If you’re looking for a newborn photographer in Fort Myers, Naples, and surrounding areas, please call Laura Michele Photos.  Thanks!


Naples Maternity Photographer | Laura Michele Photos

Naples Maternity Photographer | Laura Michele Photos

This beautiful resort in Naples, Florida holds a special place in the hearts of Jessica and Michael – they tied the knot there in November 2012.  It was only fitting to have their maternity photos taken there too, nearly 2 years later.  And what makes it even more special is that this beautiful couple traveled all the way from their home in Chicago, Illinois for both events!

Jessica and Michael are best friends, spending their days working and playing together.  Both lawyers in the same law firm, they spend their free time rehabbing and flipping houses or working on their own home while listening to country music and having a few drinks (Jessica has been left out of the drinking part lately).  Mike enjoys playing sports, namely baseball and golf, and was even on a minor league baseball team!  Jessi loves all things law, enjoys reading when she has some time to herself, and is the self-proclaimed foosball champion in their house.

I obviously loved spending the evening with this fun couple!  Even a little rain couldn’t ruin it for us, and the clouds provided a gorgeous sunset at the end of our session.  What a beautiful place this was for photos.  I could see why they keep coming back!  With beautiful lantern-lit hallways, and greenery-covered walls, it’s a photographer‘s dream come true.  And with such gorgeous models, I really couldn’t ask for more.  Here are just a few photos from our session.  Hope you enjoy!

Naples Maternity Photographer | Laura Michele Photos


Sanibel Island Fun | Sanibel Photographer | Laura Michele Photos

Sanibel Island Fun | Sanibel Photographer | Laura Michele Photos

Summertime is a tricky time for a Sanibel photographer!  The weather forecast is just about always “50% chance for rain; scattered PM thunderstorms”.  Every single day.  Not to mention the 100 degree temps.  Hey, we’re lucky that the hurricanes have missed us, so I can’t complain!

This day was one of the rainy ones, but luckily it was off-and-on sun showers.  This family included a handsome 5-month-old boy, and I know from experience how hard it is to prepare the little ones for a session.  The last thing you want to do is reschedule, especially if you’ve already arrived!  Since we were already on the beach when it started to rain, the only thing to do was duck under the trees.  Thankfully it wasn’t raining too hard.  So during each break in the showers, we would run out from our cover and snap a few shots.  Then we’d duck back in when it started again.  Rinse, and repeat.  It was quite a mini-adventure!  But I’m happy to say that we got all of our shots in, and just in time for the torrential downpour.  Just as I was crossing back over the Sanibel Causeway, the rain started coming down so hard that I couldn’t see in front of me!

Here are just a few of the adorable pictures we were able to get on this not-so-perfect day.  I think they turned out pretty perfect anyway.  🙂

Sanibel Family Photographer | Laura Michele Photos

Fall Mini Sessions | Bonita Springs | Laura Michele Photos

Fall Mini Sessions | Bonita Springs | Laura Michele Photos

Hi guys!  I’m so excited to announce my Fall mini sessions in Bonita Springs this year!  For one day only – October 19, 2014 – I will be hosting mini sessions at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs.

This is a fantastic deal to help take some of the stress out of the holidays.  Get your holiday cards out of the way, and get some beautiful family photos at the same time!  Included in the package are 25 professionally printed holiday cards featuring one of your favorite photos taken at the mini session.  You will get to select the holiday card design, as well as the featured photo, and I will take care of the rest!  You just wait for your cards and envelopes to arrive.  How easy is that?

Here are the details for the mini sessions:
The cost is $75, including tax, and is due at booking
25-minute session for up to 5 people
10 edited/enhanced images to choose from in a private online gallery
25 professionally printed holiday cards OR 1 high-resolution digital file with print release

Please email me to book your session today!  Space is limited, and spots are going fast.

Payment can be made by clicking the button below.  Thank you!

Mommy & Me | Fort Myers Family Photographer

I’m so excited to share a few of the awesome photos from this Mommy & Me session in Fort Myers.  This mother and her daughter are absolutely beautiful!  This park in Fort Myers is one of my favorites!  The landscape is just gorgeous, with full trees to provide lots of shade on swelteringly hot days in Southwest Florida summertime.

I couldn’t have chosen better models for this session myself. Both of these lovely ladies were like seasoned pros.  The bond they share was unmistakable.  They had such a fun time taking photos, and that just makes me love my job even more!  Have a look for yourself at these beautiful ladies.  Hope you enjoy!

Contact Laura Michele Photos today for your own Mommy & Me photo session!

Fort Myers Naples Family Photographer | Laura Michele Photos

Bonita Springs Photographer | Little Miss “L”

Bonita Springs Photographer, Laura Michele Photos, specializes in a wide range of family photography. From newborns to high school seniors, maternity to fun family photos, let Laura Michele Photos capture your memories!

Beautiful Miss L has the most stunning eyes I have ever seen. I was fortunate enough to be chosen to capture he 6-month milestone photos. Her mother and I carefully selected a vintage theme for some of her portraits, and I just LOVE this look! Sporting an adorable petit romper with a gorgeous flower headband, you can just see that this girl has a future in modeling.


Being the girly girl that she so clearly is, I made a little pink and white tutu just for this occasion. Miss L clearly takes her job very seriously, and has nailed the enigmatic, mysterious look that any good model strives for. Mommy and Daddy are in trouble with this little beauty! And to prove what a natural she is, she grabbed on of the flowers, put the stem between her teeth (ok, gums), and leaned back into her pose. Are you kidding me?! Seriously, how cute is she? Just have a look for yourself! Here are just a few of the beautiful images we got from her session! Enjoy! 🙂

Bonita Springs Family Photographer | Laura Michele Photos