SEE THE DIF­FER­ENCE?

Why aren’t the In­sta­gram pho­tos of your kids as gor­geous as those from par­ent in­flu­encers? ELISA CHIA gets one mummy to spill the dos and don’ts.

Young Parents (Singapore) - - C Ntents -

Why aren’t the In­sta­gram pho­tos of your kids as gor­geous as those from par­ent in­flu­encers? One mummy shares her tricks.

Daphne Erokhin,

35, bought a Nikon D5100 cam­era to shoot pho­tos for her on­line cloth­ing store, Dreams Av­enue, but ended up tak­ing more pic­tures of her daugh­ters Naomi, seven, and Skyler, three (pic­tured), in­stead. De­spite hav­ing no back­ground in pho­tog­ra­phy, she's amassed over 11,500 fol­low­ers with her en­gag­ing pic­tures. Visit www.in­sta­gram. com/daph­neerokhin.

COM­PO­SI­TION LIGHT­ING

Nat­u­ral light is best for photo-tak­ing and helps cap­ture fo­cused shots of ac­tive kids. I love win­dow light­ing, too. It can brighten the pho­tos nat­u­rally with a soft glow. Direct sun­light can be too harsh. Use your sur­round­ings to help “frame” the pic­ture. I like to look out for ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures. In this ex­am­ple, us­ing the hole in the wall helps make the photo a more in­ter­est­ing one, as com­pared to one that is snapped with­out thought.

AN­GLE

I usu­ally po­si­tion the cam­era at my chil­dren’s eye level or lower. Some­times, I change my an­gle just so I can let more light in, as well as to cap­ture a more in­ter­est­ing per­spec­tive. Look how I caught her re­flec­tion in the glass, in this ex­am­ple. If your kids don’t like to pose, it’s okay. Just be ready to snap candid shots when they are play­ing.

LO­CA­TION

Set­ting a theme and choos­ing the per­fect lo­ca­tion for a shoot can be a game changer. For Chi­nese New Year, tak­ing pho­tos at Chi­na­town will ac­cen­tu­ate the fes­tive feel.

Time your visit and go when there it’s less crowded, so it will be eas­ier to get your shot. It will also be less stress­ful for you and the kids.

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