I love taking, editing and sharing photos of friends and family. Whilst I’ll not have one of my photos in National Geographic anytime soon I firmly believe that anyone can learn to take really great photos of their nearest and dearest. If you’re willing to put in the time you’ll soon have people torturing you for birthday photo shoots… living the dream!
When I started blogging all my photos were taken on my phone and occasionally a cheap camera. After I got the bug I moved on to a Samsung NX1000 before saving for a Canon G7xii. Nowadays I still use my little Canon and also borrow Matts 800D. He’s gotten so into photography in the last 18 months and is living proof that anyone can learn. These days he takes at least 60% of my photos as well as all the photo and video content for his work. He really has turned into an ‘Instagram husband’ so I thought today I’d interview him about his experiences and turn the camera on him too, despite his protests.
What’s your favourite thing about taking photos of friends and family?
Capturing moments that we can look back on in the future.
Have you always enjoyed photography or is it a new hobby?
I have always enjoyed it, I used to take photos at gigs but I in the last few years I have really invested in it.
What’s the most difficult thing about being an ‘instagram husband’?
Trying to get Luisa to co-operate when I’m trying to ‘get the shot’ having distractions like that make it a lot harder to focus. No pun intended. Also, don’t be cross but sometimes when we’re under pressure to get photos for a paid job and you’re not ‘feeling it’ tensions can run… high.
Have you any tips to help other dad’s/ partners out there who are asked to ‘get the shot’?
Composition! For instagram it’s all about framing, if the feed is all over the place it just doesn’t look good. Basically if you really don’t know what you’re doing make sure everyones heads and feet are in the photo, it’s in focus and there’s nothing ugly in the background.
What’s your top tip for capturing children naturally?
Let them be themselves! A fun game like skimming rocks or jumping in puddles always makes for good photos.
Who do you look up to as a photographer?
Peter McKinnon. Alan Palander
Matt was recently sent some lovely clothes from Jacamo, he chose two pairs of jeans, a hoodie and a jumper. You can see them all featured in the various shots above – my favourite is the purplish hoodie because it’s something he wouldn’t have ordinarily picked up and I think it looks great.
Matts favourite product from Jacamo are the slim jeans by Lee – they’re really thick but comfortable and you can tell they’re going to last a long time. Durability is essential when you’re running around after a toddler and crouching on the floor taking photos.
I think being on the other side of the camera for a change might have taught Matt that, ‘look natural but that direction and move your hair and keep walking’ isn’t always as easy as he thinks 😉 Do you have someone in the family who loves taking photos? I’d love to hear how they manage to get lovely natural shots when you’re out and about.