I don't know about you, but I love capturing the every day moments. Children playing in the fresh snow, their giggles that fill the house, the way lovers look at one another. It is all so beautiful and so worth capturing. Sometimes I come up against a wall though..."How do I capture this perfect moment?"

Today, Cherilyn Magee is joining us to share 3 tips to instantly improve your photos. 

1. Fill the frame

 Photography By: Cherilyn Magee

Photography By: Cherilyn Magee

 One thing I have noticed often on social media is moms posting photos of their kids etc. taken at quite a distance, creating way too much distraction from the subject.  Don’t be afraid to get in close and fill the frame with your subject. 

Filling the frame allows the subject of the photo to speak. And honestly, who doesn’t love a good close up?

2. Learn the Rule of Thirds

 Photography By: Cherilyn Magee

Photography By: Cherilyn Magee

You have probably seen photos where the subject is off to the side, and maybe you haven’t even realized how this can create a very appealing photo. It’s called the rule of thirds, and like all rules, it’s made to be broken, however it can work quite nicely when composing a photo. 

3. Watch for Leading Lines

 Photography By: Cherilyn Magee

Photography By: Cherilyn Magee

A leading line creates a path for the eye to follow, and draws the viewers eye in. Leading lines can be found in all kinds of places: roads, fences, architecture, bridges, bricks, rivers, boardwalks, etc. I love to put my subject along a leading line, thereby drawing the viewer in toward the subject, and thereby creating interest.

All that being said, any photo is better than no photo, so if you forget any (or all!) of these tips, take the picture anyway! You want to remember your kids, your grandkids, your husband, and all the fun and crazy things you do. And please, I beg of you, put yourself in some of the pictures too. Your kids want to remember you, and even if you are not the best version of yourself right now, your kids will look at a photo of you and see what you mean to them, not those ten last pounds you can’t seem to shed. 

Have you found other tips that have helped you improve the photos you take of your family? I would love to hear them!