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Leslie gives away her ultimate secret for great photos!

in Practical Tips
Created: 10 May 2016

Today one of my good friends and amazing photographer, Leslie Rhodes, is sharing some of her best tips for getting sweet photos of your littles.  Leslie is a film photographer and polaroid addict based out of Maryland.  Her work has been featured on USA Today, Optiko Zine and Kindred Magazine.  And as you are about to read, one smart mama:)

She Says:

Thanks Melissa for having me over today. I’m really happy to be here.  So let’s get started.  You already know how important it is to take pictures of your kids, Right? RIGHT!   But let me say that it’s the greatest gifts you can give your kids, your future grand kids, and the rest of your family.

Pictures are timeless and more importantly priceless. 

I love going to my mom’s house and sitting on the floor going through thousands of pictures.  It never gets old looking at them.

I wanted to share some tips with you that I’ve learned about photography:

-Don’t stage your kids.

Have your camera available so when you see a moment you can capture it in its raw beauty.  Kids have a hard time staying still so try to capture them as they are.  You’ll be happier with the results.

-Use natural light and get to know it.

Its your best friend.  Study the light in your house if you take indoor pictures.  Or make sure you use shade when you are outside to avoid harsh lighting.

- I can’t emphasize enough that it doesn’t matter what camera you have.

You don’t have to have a professional camera to take breathtaking photos of your kids. Don’t spend thousands of dollars. Take Melissa’s class and read your camera manual.  Simple and easy.  My favorite photos of my kids recently are all taken on polaroid camera! A very old polaroid which cost me a quarter of what a digital camera is worth.


-Practice. Practice. Practice. 

My Ultimate secret on how I learned to use my camera… When I first started getting back into photography I would practice taking pictures of a hard boiled egg. NO LIE.  It helped me learn lighting, shadows and how to position myself when taking a picture.  Try it.

-Please, print your pictures.

Don’t let them sit on your computer or your memory card.  Display them, give them as gifts, or make an album for your kids.

See I told you she was one smart mama:)

Thanks Les – your pictures are amazing!!!