By Kelly Aiglon
Child in a sports uniform giving a thumbs-up. Child curled up on the couch in PJs. Child with a maniacal grin standing next to Mickey Mouse. We’ve all seen these photos. Maybe we’ve taken them ourselves, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But when you want to go beyond the norm, shake up your Facebook feed, get Grandma to finally look at Instagram, tell a real story and let it live on forever in a good old-fashioned picture frame, it’s time to try a few new photography tricks.
“It’s OK to break the rules. It’s all about digging into the moment,” says Sarah Wilkerson, CEO of Clickin Moms, a female-photographer social network, and author of the book “Capture the Moment: The Modern Photographer’s Guide to Finding Beauty in Everyday and Family Life” (Amphoto Books, due out April 7).
Here are five tips from Wilkerson for photos that are not like everyone else’s.
Skip smiles and laughter: “Joy isn’t the only emotion worth capturing,” says Wilkerson. “Really rich childhood has anger and tears and quiet moments and sadness and surprise. It’s important to get all of it.” Shoot on the sidelines during a sibling squabble, capture your unknowing kiddo as he or she is wrapped in pretend play, or snap that rustled just-out-of-bed look in the morning. It’s part of the whole picture.
Go to your garage: You’ll get a hazier background because of the dust, darkness and shadows, and that can be totally mesmerizing in a photo. Best of all, you’ll get great natural light. “Stand with your back to the open door (the light source should always be behind you) and have your child stand in the middle. It may seem like strange advice, but you will be astounded by the beauty,” says Wilkerson.