Capturing Life by Neyssa Lee » Capturing your family & teaching moms how to capture everyday moments

Leaf Throwing Photo Tips

I love leave throwing photo tips, because I love leaf throwing! What kid doesn’t love playing in the leaves, and getting to throw them into the air, too?! It doesn’t get much better than that.  This was even a photo excursion that my husband was excited to get in on! (Honestly, he suggested taking the kids for some leaf throwing fun down the road!).

The family and I walked, camera in my hand, down the road to a near by quiet street where a large tree had dropped lots of leaves. Then it was time for some leaf throwing! I wanted to capture the kids throwing the leaves into the air, but I also wanted to capture their expressions as the leaves fell around them.

Set your camera to continuous shooting mode.

With my camera in continuous shooting mode I was able to get a burst of photos back to back and capture this series of images. Notice that Sawyer never actually throws her leaves!

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Since I wanted the focus to be on the kids and not the surrounding area, I selected a lower aperture (all these images are shot at f/2.8 – the widest that particular lens goes). However, I also wanted both kids to be in focus!

Line them up!

By lining the kids up, they are on the same focal plane, allowing me to capture both of their adorable expressions. And look, Sawyer finally threw some leaves!

Leaf throwing photo tips, kids in leavesI wanted a few shots of Derek’s face in the images, but he was too tall to stay closer like I wanted the shot. So I asked him to kneel. Of course, Milo had to kneel too – yes defeating my purpose!

Get down on their level.

I am sitting on the ground to put myself at Milo’s level for all of these shots. I wanted the focus to be leaf throwing from their viewpoint and if I was shooting from above that emotion would’ve been lost!Leaf throwing photo tips, father and son in leavesLeaves have great color and texture. I love how they can blur out in photos and make a beautiful background.

Look for new ways to use the leaves.

I love this in-between moment of Milo. He was pilling his leaves up, and telling me he was making a “BIG, BIG pile!” I snapped the shutter just as he looked up at me. The light in his eyes and the leaves behind him make this a beautiful portrait of my boy!
Leaf throwing photo tips, kids in leavesOf course the kids wanted mommy to throw some leaves too. I wasn’t going to turn them down so I handed off my camera to my husband.

Get in on the action!

This moment my husband captured of the kids and I is priceless. I know that in years to come that will look at the images of them throwing leaves and see that not only did mommy capture it, but she joined in too! By presetting the camera and handing it off, I made it less of a burden for Derek to take a great photo of me with the kids. Yet, he took matters into his own and I love this angle he captured. I’d say he’s becoming quite the photographer!

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Now’s its your turn. Take the kids out and use these leaf throwing photo tips and capture your own special moments!

*Neyssa*

P.S. Shooting in manual and understanding your camera will make your images shine that much more. Don’t let the technical side stop you! Learn how to use your camera at my Photography Workshop for Moms! There are still a few spots left for my November 8th workshop (the last one of the year)!

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Photography Workshop Ladies Captured Beautiful Light

My photography workshop ladies captured beautiful light!  After taking summer off it felt great to be back to teaching women how to use their cameras. See the light bulbs going off in their heads, watching as they grasp the concepts of Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO and then seeing them capture beautiful images of our models is so empowering. My October workshop was no exception.

Each woman came with her own story, her own goals, her own reasons for taking the photography workshop. Yet the desire to take better images and take them on their own terms created an instant bond. As we progressed through the day practicing each lesson on toys and Sawyer’s Minnie Mouse, I couldn’t wait to see what the ladies captured once our babies arrived!

Photography Workshop Ladies Captured Beautiful Light

Our models were SO adorable. I’m so grateful to these moms who took time out of their day to allow the ladies to practice their new skills on a live model! And wait until you see how these photography workshop ladies captured beautiful light!

This first image Rachel captured is just stunning. The lighting is so warm and beautiful. And her use of light featuring this little guy while mom is there softly in the background is just gorgeous.

Photography Workshop for Moms, After Photos,

Photo by Rachel

I love me some backlighting and Katie nailed it. Backlighting can be tricky, but she captured a beautiful image with baby boy looking right at us! I just love how the window light is blasted out leaving baby boy center stage!

Photography Workshop for Moms, After Photos,

Photo by Katie

Heidi also worked with backlighting and look at how stunning this image is! I love how mom is just subtly in the corner, so you feel her comforting presence, yet all the focus is on this baby boy. The way the background is blasted out, too, adds to the power of this image!

Photography Workshop for Moms, After Photos,

Photo by Heidi

The ladies also went behind just capturing beautiful light. I was stunned at how many details these ladies captured. Like this next image Heidi captured. I just adore how baby boy has his mamas fingers in his mouth. It reminds me of when my kids used to do that. It’s the perfect defining detail for this age!

Photography Workshop for Moms, After Photos,

Photo by Heidi

Katie didn’t let a little bottle break stop her for clicking her shutter. Feeding is such a huge part of raising an infant, I love that Katie took the time to capture this detail for this mama and daughter. The composition of this image is beautiful too. Again, we feel mom’s presence yet the focus is on the girl as she drifts off to sleep while finishing her bottle. Beautiful image, Katie!

Photography Workshop for Moms, After Photos,

Photo by Katie

Rachel didn’t just focus on baby girl’s sweet smile she went for the details of her tiny hands and her hair! I love the angle of this image too, and look at that blurry, buttery background! I just love it.

Photography Workshop for Moms, After Photos,

Photo by Rachel

The October Photography Workshop ladies captured beautiful light and beautiful details that I know these moms will treasure. They also shared images they took of their own children the next day whether at a sporting event, or a pumpkin patch and it was so much fun seeing the pride and joy they’ve already gotten out of learning how to use their camera! I can’t wait to see what images they capture this holiday season!

*Neyssa*

P.S. Did these images inspire you to finally take the leap and learn how to use that fancy DSLR camera of yours? There is only one more date in 2014, Saturday, November 8th. Only 3 spots left, so register now. Click here to register.

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