How to Capture the Best Photos on Mothers DayMay 9, 2019

Mother’s Day is a great time to capture everlasting memories between family and friends. It’s common to reach the end of the day and realize that you didn’t get any pictures. This is your reminder to not do that! Mother’s Day is special and deserves to be documented. Use these tips to capture amazing photos that your mom will love.

Group Shots

It is tricky to organize a group shot. However, these are the shots that will likely end up hanging on the wall. Don’t be afraid to tell people to listen up and group together for a photo. Letting everyone group together on their own is sometimes okay. If you are looking to capture a more formal shot, take the initiative to pick a location and arrange everyone.

The first thing you should do is find a location that will have an esthetically pleasing background. Places with generic landscapes or blank walls are best. Avoid standing in front of busy areas and signs that will be distracting to the eye. Pay close attention to anything that might look funny in the background and remove that if possible. For example, if there is a sign, make sure it does not look like it’s coming out of a persons head.

Secondly, pay attention to the lighting in your location. A shady location is best. By taking the group photo in the shade, you will not have to worry about everyone squinting. You will also eliminate harsh light and shadows spreading across peoples faces.  The shade will create nice soft light which is very pleasing to skin tones.

When arranging the photo, think about height differences. It is ideal to have the tallest people in the back and middle of the group because this creates balance in the photo. The last thing you want is to have a shorter person blocked by a taller person! Make sure those that are in the back row are looking between the heads of those in front of them so everyones face is showing. It is also ideal to group each family segment together. For example, young children should stand in front of their parents.

Hopefully these basics will help you capture some great group photos this Mother’s Day!

Candid Photos

Candid photos are photos in which the subject is not aware that their photo is being taken. Great candid photos can be tough because you have to be ready to capture them in a split-second. It requires a lot of effort and active attention! They are often my favorite photos at events because they capture raw and true emotion that is not always achievable in staged photos. Also, many people are camera shy, so candids are the best way to capture images of them.  

When snapping candids, be on the lookout for fun interactions like laughing in a group, hugging and intimate discussions. Again, capturing the best candids is all about anticipating what may happen and observing emotions that may come.  If you are not good at anticipating actions, it is even more important to have your camera ready so you can react quickly and snap that photo.

Photography Equipment

Candids are easiest to capture when you are further away because people cannot see you. When they can see you, it disturbs their natural behavior. In order to take pictures from afar, you should have a camera/lens that allows you to zoom in without losing picture quality. Depending on what type of phone you have, you are capable of zooming in, but the quality will be lost. So, the most ideal setup would be a DSLR camera with interchangeable lenses. Use a lens that is at least 100mm or higher focal length for candids.  As for family group shots, it is best to have a wide angle lens such as a 24mm. If you have a DSLR camera and are curious to learn more about how to shoot manually, feel free to check out this article

Whatever you have planned for Mother’s Day, make sure to capture those special moments. In the end, these pictures are going to be cherished for a lifetime and for generations to come.

Jamie Hiner is a professional Photographer/Videographer from Minneapolis, MN specializing in weddings, wildlife, landscape and real estate. Website: Instagram: @jah_creations



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