Everyday Light v2



#EverydayLight is a guest series by Chelsea Ahlgrim Photography with the purpose of helping mommas capture better photos of their family’s memories at home. Be sure to check out the Introduction here and Part One and Part Two. You can also follow along on Instagram and post your own images using the #EverydayLight hashtag!

Hello again! So, did your mind start spinning with ideas? Did you start wanting to pull out your camera at every opportunity? GOOD! Let’s keep going!

1. Let in the light– If you’re indoors, open up every window you can. Curtains back, shades raised, shutters open. What we’re looking for is a nice soft, indirect light. If you’ve got direct sunlight coming into your windows, it’s best to shoot somewhere in the shadows of that light rather than directly in the sunlight.

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DSC_4436 If you’re outside, find some open shade- beside a fence or the house, underneath the playhouse, beneath a tree, etc. Tip: Try shooting with the sun to your subject’s backs (known as backlighting). This makes for beautiful, golden halos of light around your subjects! This is my personal favorite

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2. Take it all in– One of the keys to capturing great lifestyle images is in being able to step back and observe. Let them do their thing. Let them play and get dirty or just sit and read. See it in your mind as an image- or a series of images. Really see it. See where the light makes shadows on her delicate features, and illuminates those soft little hairs on the back of his neck. Notice the details: his dirty feet, your husband’s calloused hands, the sweetest little bow hanging pitifully from your daughter’s only remaining pigtail, the dust rising from the couch when the dog plops down, milky white eggs in a bowl, browning bananas in the kitchen window, lovies worn threadbare from too much love… Begin to see the art in front of you.

DSC_0011-2 DSC_0283 DSC_0602 DSC_0600 DSC_0031 (2)-2 DSC_0345 DSC_0299 DSC_0325 DSC_00033. Get on their level– Kids and pets see life from a completely different perspective. Sit, get on your knees, crouch, or even lay on your stomach so that you can capture their world from their angle. You can also experiment with different angles: standing over them as they play on the floor (or climb on the furniture and shoot downward, as I’ve been known to do), shoot from below them if they’re climbing, or capture their profile or even the back of their head- who says their faces need to show? It all depends on what you’re trying to capture. Is it their facial expressions? Or is it the particular feeling of the moment? You’d be surprised how emotions that can be conveyed just through movement and posture. Let your angle and composition tell the story.

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That’s it for week two, everyone! Next week we’ll FINALLY be pulling out that camera to talk a little more in-depth about settings and functions and lighting and ALLLLL of that crazy stuff. Be sure to come back!



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