Jenny Photography: Blog https://www.jennyphotography.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Jenny Photography jenny@jennyphotography.co.uk (Jenny Photography) Wed, 11 Sep 2013 15:31:00 GMT Wed, 11 Sep 2013 15:31:00 GMT https://www.jennyphotography.co.uk/img/s/v-5/u542430970-o331197120-50.jpg Jenny Photography: Blog https://www.jennyphotography.co.uk/blog 120 120 Drop in taster session https://www.jennyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/9/drop-in-taster-session Drop in taster session - Wed 18th Sept 10am - 12am


Got a birthday pressie you're struggling with, a milestone birthday to celebrate, or even starting planning pressies for Xmas? My taster sessions could be the answer and are a fantastic, great value way of getting some beautiful images to give to your loved ones.
Next weeks session is on Wednesday 18th from 10am - 12am. You'll receive a 15 minute photoshoot and beautifully edited images to choose from in a password protected folder. Prints, jpegs or any wonderful products from my range can be ordered. Please contact me for more information or to book a slot next week.

 

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jenny@jennyphotography.co.uk (Jenny Photography) children photo present https://www.jennyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/9/drop-in-taster-session Wed, 11 Sep 2013 15:31:02 GMT
How to compose great outdoor photos of your child https://www.jennyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/7/how-to-compose-great-outdoor-photos-of-your-child  

How you compose your photograph is really important, and getting the right balance in the composition can make the difference between an OK photo of your child and a great photo. You’ll need an eye for detail, but with a bit of practice and some great tips it’s easy to master, meaning you’ll enhance the impact of your photos and give you photos you want to look at again and again.

 

  1. Use the “Rule of thirds” in your composition.  This means imagine dividing the viewfinder into thirds both horizontally and vertically – many digital cameras can display this grid for you if you look in the options.  For close up photos, position your childs eyes where a vertical line and a horizontal line cross in the top part of the grid.  For half or full-length photos, position their face on one of these points. Basically, try to avoid putting them right in the middle of your photo.
  2. Again using the rule of thirds, for atmospheric distance shots of your children incorporating lots of the landscape, you can experiment with having one third sky and two thirds land or vice versa.  Using this landscape, get your children to run to a point in the distance and take some shots whilst they are running with their back to you.  Then get them to run back and keep the camera snapping as they run back.
  3. When taking photos of children, come down to their eye-level for most of your photos.  Mix this up a bit with looking down or up every now and again, but for the bulk of your photos, crouch down to their level and get their view of the world.
  4. Less is more. When in doubt, leave it out. If there is something in the viewfinder that isn’t relevant or distracting to the photo of your child, either leave it out, move it (where you can!) or move your viewpoint.
  5. Try to use diagonals in your photos.  These bring interest and will make it more pleasing.  For older children you could ask them to tilt their head and also use their arms.  These could be put on their hips or brought up to their face or hair to add a lovely diagonal. For younger children you could say “give me a xx pose” (xx could be Katie Perry, Jessie J, Superman, Spiderman - whatever your child is into) or use games like Simon Says to get them jumping around and using their arms and tilting their heads to give you a bit more action and fun. 
  6. Think about using interesting objects or scenery to add a diagonal into your photo, for example play with your child in and around an interesting tree with great branches that can add the diagonal into your image.  Other great ideas are to use stairs, or even paths into the distance – keeping them safe at all times obviously! 
  7. Using diagonals again, and particularly for younger children where you really will get a horrible grimace if you ask them to pose and smile, try tilting your camera to add this diagonal interest.  So instead of keeping your child straight in the viewfinder, tilt the camera.
  8. If you take a photo of your child looking side on to the camera, give the image plenty of space for them to be “looking into”.  Don’t have them looking straight out of the photo!
  9. Change your perspective and use benches, trees or play equipment to get a higher viewpoint for some of your photos.  Looking down and zooming in on your childs face whilst they look up at you gives you variety in your images and it can look fantastic.  Similarly, try some where you are lying on the floor looking up and get them to lean in or look down to you.
  10. Use natural frames such as trees, archways, branches, flowers, etc to frame your child.  This can give you stunning images.

 

Whilst there are some composition rules such as the rule of thirds don’t be afraid to experiment and break the rules. Composition isn’t a science, so if a rule doesn’t work for the image you are creating, go ahead and ignore it. These days with a digital camera it’s easy to experiment with different compositions of your child until you find the right one.

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jenny@jennyphotography.co.uk (Jenny Photography) Compose composition https://www.jennyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/7/how-to-compose-great-outdoor-photos-of-your-child Wed, 17 Jul 2013 10:48:57 GMT
Secrets to Great Outdoor Photos - Location & Light Part 1 https://www.jennyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/6/secrets-to-great-outdoor-photos Secrets to Great Outdoor Photos – Location & Light Part 1

Summer is coming and it’s that time of year when you head into the great outdoors, usually armed with a digital camera. You have a great day and take lots photos to remember the day by but when you get home your delight turns into disappointment as you look at your photos. There’s a tree, or other object, sticking out your family’s head, their faces are shrouded in shadow or they are so white that they could be a ghost.

Whilst I can’t guarantee the sunshine, I can guarantee that if you follow these top professional tips that I’ll be sharing with you in my newsletters, you’ll get photos that you’ll love to share with your family and friends.

My tips this month give you a few things to start thinking about around location and light;

Location

The great thing about being outdoors is that you can shoot almost anywhere from your back garden or country park to a beach or theme park.  The main things to consider at any location are:

  • Keep it simple and try to photograph people against an uncluttered background.
  • If your location isn’t photogenic concentrate on your subject with close up photos and focus on their eyes. No matter what your location is there’ll always be a small area that will look great - walls, ivy, flower beds all make great backgrounds if you’re zooming in and using a uniform section as a background.
  • Consider the image as a whole. Power lines, signs, trees, a piece of rubbish and even a long single blade of grass can distract from the overall image and the person you are photographing.
  • Check around your subject to ensure you don’t have a telegraph pole or something similar sticking out of their head.  Move yourself or your subject if they do.

Light

Photography is all about light.  We need light to make the image.  So what sort of light do you need, what is the right light? To take a great photo you’ll need a good light source, which may be sunlight, flash or artificial lights.

Bright summer light might seem perfect for getting great photos, but in truth it often produces the worst results.  The light is harsh, and creates dark shadows as well as very extremely light areas in your photo. So here are some tips to avoid this problem;

  • Avoid taking a photo where the sun is directly behind you – directly in front of your subject.  This will cause a very “flat” light and also cause your subject to be squinting in the photo.
  • Play around with the sun’s position. Many photographers will say take the photo at an ideal angle of 45% to the sun, but don’t be afraid to break the photography rules to get some different results. You can even try taking photos with the sun behind your subject which will bring a lovely highlight to their outline and the lens flare that is created by the sun shining into the lens can give some stunning results. 
  • Position people in shady areas or wait for the sun to go behind some clouds for a natural diffused effect.  Play with children under a tree to get natural shade and a lovely soft light.
  • Make sure you set your exposure on your model (even if you move your camera to reframe the photo afterwards) so that your photo isn’t exposed for the background. If you don’t your model could end up looking too dark or too bright.  Many cameras set their exposure without you knowing when you click your shutter button down half way, so check your cameras settings.

Finally, and most importantly, don’t forget to have a great time while you’re outdoors with your friends and family. If you enjoy the day it will show in your photos!

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jenny@jennyphotography.co.uk (Jenny Photography) outdoor photography tips https://www.jennyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/6/secrets-to-great-outdoor-photos Wed, 05 Jun 2013 14:10:31 GMT
First email newsletter https://www.jennyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/5/first-email-newsletter First Jenny Photography newsletter coming very soon!


I'm very excited to say that I'll be launching my first email newsletter at the beginning of June!

Each months newsletter will be full of helpful advice and hints to get more out of your own photography as well as showcasing some of my images and Photoart.

In my first edition I'll be sharing some secrets for great outdoor photography. There will also be ideas for Fathers Day Pressies along with offers on my packages and Photoart.


My clients will automatically be sent a copy, but if you would also like to subscribe then please follow this link to get my first edition!


http://www.jennyphotography.co.uk/newsletter

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jenny@jennyphotography.co.uk (Jenny Photography) https://www.jennyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/5/first-email-newsletter Tue, 21 May 2013 14:02:06 GMT
Funky and Fab https://www.jennyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/4/funky-and-fab Your kids, your walls, your art!

Do you fancy something original on your walls at home?  Something funky?  Do you want to colour co-ordinate to pick out some key colours from your room but can't find something that will match?

Why don't you use images of your children and have just that, making it really personal too.

Jenny PhotoArt is produced from your fab images from your photoshoot.  I then use image manipulation and many hand drawn techniques to create a really custom piece of art.

So, lets create something amazing for the walls of your home, and give me a buzz on 07503 910900 to arrange yours.

 

 

 

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jenny@jennyphotography.co.uk (Jenny Photography) art image photo popart https://www.jennyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/4/funky-and-fab Wed, 10 Apr 2013 21:47:50 GMT
Jenny Photography sponsor "Whats on4 Little ones" award https://www.jennyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/3/jenny-photography-sponsor-whats-on4-little-ones-award Jenny Photography are very proud to sponsoring award for "Most Outstanding Baby and Toddler Group"
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jenny@jennyphotography.co.uk (Jenny Photography) Jenny Photography Whats for little on ones https://www.jennyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/3/jenny-photography-sponsor-whats-on4-little-ones-award Thu, 14 Mar 2013 21:39:55 GMT
Valentines Offer https://www.jennyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/1/valentines-offer Stuck not knowing what to get for your loved one for Valentines or an Anniversary? Then how about a very personal gift combining an image with words that I call "Say it with words". The words could be your marriage vows, important milestones, a poem, or whatever you'd like to say! A 10x8 inch framed print ready to give as a gift is £85 and includes a midweek mini shoot to obtain the image we need along with the digital artwork. This can be taken prior to Valentines day, or as a gift voucher. Alternatively I may be able to use wedding photos (jpeg) and I'd be happy to look at the file to let you know if it will be possible.

To take advantage of this offer, please place your order here.

 

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jenny@jennyphotography.co.uk (Jenny Photography) Day Valentines gift photo https://www.jennyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/1/valentines-offer Wed, 30 Jan 2013 13:33:47 GMT