Hi, I am Jess a mother too two gorgeous children and lucky enough to own and run my own business as a newborn and family photographer.
I wanted to share some tips for improving your photographs, perfect if you are new to the self-employment world or if you need a few new images for your website to keep it fresh.
Here are my top tips to achieving good photos for your website…
Light is the most important factor
The word photography comes from the Greek language and means drawing with light. If you are shooting indoors its best to pick the time of day where it is not too dark. But also perhaps avoid midday where the light maybe too bright & blinding. Watch the time of day in the place you wish to shoot in, make a note of what time of day works best
Look around the subject you wish to photograph, ensure there is nothing that distract the eye away from it
If you sell products it is worth investing in a backdrop that you can use over and over again, this makes it identifiable to you and your brand. it can be a paper roll from creativity or school supplies . A plain block colour like grey or white are great options – it should fit with your brand and styling though. Also look around you. Can you use a wall, or flooring? – think outside the box
Ensure what you are photographing is in frame clearly, crop in if needs be. If its a product take images from different angles this gives you an opportunity to show more detail
When uploading images to your website check the settings for the optimal size they should be. You do not want people to be squinting nor do you want the page to take ages to load because of a giant sized image. (my website and images look best around 1800 × 1440)
When it comes to headshots I would highly recommend hiring a professional for this part, look for commercial photographers with good reputations. If this is not an option for a while, dress in clothes that represent you but are not distracting avoid patterns/spots choose simple colours (avoid white). Make sure you are not shooting up your nose, and easier said than done – keep relaxed. Try breathing out a deep breath just before smiling
If you have a baby related business in need of some photographs please get in touch. I offer discounts to businesses who cater for babies (Just quote SFPS)
About the author:
Jess is a newborn and family photographer based in Norwich. She captures beautiful images of babies & children, focusing on emotions and the little details. If you would like natural and timeless portraits of your bump, baby, toddler or family, visit her website, Facebook page, or email her on firstname.lastname@example.org to book in.