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How To Photograph Kids In Blue Bonnets: Five Easy Steps

It is that time of the year in central Texas, blue bonnet season!  If you don’t have blue bonnets, but you have wildflowers of some sort, these tips remain important.

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Five easy steps on how to photograph kids in blue bonnets (or other wildflowers) for awesome springtime portraits:

  1. Please do not trample all the flowers.  Others might want to photograph the flowers too.  Try to stick to a path, if there isn’t a path, only walk along one route out and back to keep the damage to a minimum.
  2. Get low!  This goes for any kid photography, but especially when you are going to photograph kids in blue bonnets or wildflowers.  You and your camera should be at or near eye level with your kid.
  3. Mind the depth of field.  If the background contains rolling hills of awesome flowers then you want that in focus, if the background is blah, then you don’t want it in focus.  The three keys for depth of field apply:  distance to subject, focal length and aperture.
  4. Use a flash.  Please do NOT use a popup flash, unless you want your photograph to look like a mugshot then go right ahead.  I prefer to use one (or a few) speedlights with diffusers (or other modifiers).  One speed light with a diffuser is enough to push shadows and make eyes sparkle.
  5. Keep the sun out of the kid’s face!  The “face the sun for a good photograph” thing that everyone does is flat wrong, unless you want your kids to squint like Clint Eastwood in a man with no name movie then point them at the sun.  Note, if you have the sun behind your kid you really need a flash or the highlights will be blown out and horrible looking to get an even exposure on the star of the photograph:  your kid.

It is just that easy.  Remember that kids move fast, so your shutter speed needs to move faster than your child.

Top! All photography and text copyrighted, Dave Lund and F8 Industries Photography