This is another instalment in my (sixth) Week of Lists: one fun and awesome list posted every day for seven days on a variety of topics.
Getting out and about with a camera is easy, but finding the right kind of photo to snap is a little more challenging. Sure, you could take a million snapshots of the kid playing out in the yard or riding their bike, and you’re going to be happy with a lot of those pictures. But to really capture the essence of the spring season, you need to dig a little deeper, getting down and dirty at strange angles and at interesting times of the day, to make sure you capture those picture perfect moments in pixels.
I have some suggestions. Here are a few of my own ideas of pics to hunt down…
Five Must-Capture Photos for Dads as Summer Approaches
1 : Mud & Puddles
April showers bring May flowers, sure, but the puddles are way cooler to play in. As the snow melts and you’re desperately trying to keep the bottom half of your kid’s clothing clean and dry, stop and think for a moment what an awesome photo op some splashing and mucking about would make. Just make sure they’re wearing proper boots. Try going for the low-down perspective, getting in deep but wide, with some action to complement the watery theme: splashing and jumping, and a waterproofed camera work well here.
2 : Bugs & Worms
Kids and anything creepy, crawly, or squirmy go together like chocolate and peanut butter. In hands, in jars, on toys, and generally being closely examined by curious little eyes are all your tickets to a great pic. Get in close and don’t be afraid to use a lot of depth of field to make the critter in clear focus.
3 : Seeds & Planting
Spring is about new life, new growth and new… everything, right? Shots of little tikes with their fingers in soil, whether mucking about with a vegetable garden to sow some seeds for the coming growing season, transplanting bedding plants from containers into, well, bigger containers, or with a little shovel helping mom dig a hole for a new tree… these blossom with spring energy. A lot of techniques can be employed here: action, angles, and colour being your main features to get a great sense of the season.
4 : Seedlings & Flowers
Along those same lines, while the flowers don’t tend to appear until later in the season, another opportunity to snap great photos of springtime kids is to tangle them up with new plants and colourful blossoms. Use your casual portrait photography approach and make sure to compliment full-on smiling faces with the sprawling colours.
5 : Sunsets & Starlight
Last, but not least, remember that (particularly if you live in a part of the planet with a lot of sunlight variability throughout the year, sunsets are at a premium in the spring and autumn. While we tend to get sunsets all year long, here in the winter the suns sinks fast and early, often before we’re even home from work or school. In the summer that pesky sun stays out waaaaay past everyone’s bedtime. But in the spring: a slowly sinking sun at a reasonable hour in the newly warming weather makes for an awesome backdrop to play with light, shadows, and silhouettes. Use your imagination.