With spring in Central Texas comes Bluebonnets. Though there are many species of the blue flowers known as penstemens, the Texas Bluebonnets are extraordinary. Few flowers have the ability to color an entire field with such ferocity. A side benefit is that while the flowers are blooming, it is cool enough that the insects have not yet come out in force. This makes for a Texas family must, Bluebonnet pictures.
While there are many photographers that offer packages for these sittings there are a few things to consider when you select yours. First, make certain that the person who is doing this as a business is operating legally within the state and county. Along with this they should carry insurance and have permission to take photos wherever they are. You also want to know how to get a hold of them before and after. A great place to start is recommendations from friends that have already had photos taken. If you are looking for family photos to include yourself a good photographer can provide images you will be able to treasure for years.
Another option is to take some yourself. With the camera quality in most smartphones today, there are few needs for hiring photos of your children to be taken. If you are planning to attempt some yourself here are some tips to get some beautiful pictures.
Get on their level
If you are standing up and looking down on the kids it will look like you are looking down on them. That angle will reflect in your images. Remember, you never see a photographer just standing there. They are stooping, and laying on the ground, and contorting around to get different angles.
Consider the area
Many accessible roadside areas will have a certain amount of litter. You will want to bring a bag with you and clean up the area. This is good for your pictures so that no unwanted items mar the scenery, and it helps the landscape too.
Now, for the obvious tip, wash faces off. Kids manage to get their faces dirty just by thinking of going outside (maybe it just feels this way). You will want to bring an extra hair tie because breezes can mess with hair styles. Also, bring a jacket so that if it isn’t as warm as you were hoping kids aren’t miserable. A blanket for on the ground is helpful too. Some kids don’t like sitting in the flowers and dirt.
Lastly, have fun! It will show in your pictures. If you are having fun and making the kids smile and laugh without giving a command to the camera will capture the genuine thing. If you have a kid who has an awkward smile try to tell them a joke, or even ask them to laugh. My oldest had the most awkward smile for ages, and she learned to laugh for photos instead of forcing a smile.
After you have your pictures remember to try the editing abilities in your phone. If you increase your contrast a little you can really bring out some details. Another easy option is to use the portrait setting to blur the background. Just remember, subtly not drastically. These show you a before and after on these exact edits.