1. SET THE SCENE
It doesn’t have to be elaborate. A vase of pussy willows or just some splashes of reds can make a very appropriate scene at home for some photography fun. However, remember to pack the house up first! Put away all scattered toys and unfolded laundry in their respective baskets before shooting!
2. FOCUS ON DECORATIONS
Placing your focus on Chinese New Year decorations will make great collages. To make them pop, use photo editing functions to brighten the background and saturate the colours.
3. DRESS YOUR KIDS UP
Set the mood right by dressing them in traditional attires. It is often a tall order to get both children smiling brightly for you and if you have two very young children, they may run (or crawl) away from your frame a thousand times. Prepare bribes like juices and play Peek-A-Boo over and over again to get their attention!
4. INCLUDE TOYS
Throw in some Chinese New Year related toys or props and you might get the perfect studio-like shot for keeps! Or a silly one just like this.
5. MAKE IT FUN
Your subjects do not necessarily have to be looking at you. In fact, it’s often better if they don’t. They could be laughing, jumping or twirling. Whatever it is, unposed shots often bring about more feel to the picture.
6. REUNION DINNERS
Photographing the tossing of Yu Sheng seems to be the favourite shot of all times! The motion, the chopsticks and the flying strips of carrots will often blur the picture. Do not fret! Many a times, these blurred pictures tell a whole lot more to the story than you think. So stop deleting them and keep them this time.
7. RED PACKETS
Besides oranges, great looking children and feasts, red packets are the essence to Chinese New Year. Photograph the pretty packets you’ve collected or bought but do not forget the physical money and the blessings you’ve written to your loved ones too. They add significance to the picture. If you have a traditional calendar, throw it into the frame with the current date of shot.
8. DON’T FORGET TO JOIN IN
Hey Mommy! Don’t forget to be part of the photographs as well. Choose a spot you think best depict a prosperous Chinese New Year, frame it for that passer-by, make your kid laugh while you stay smiley for the camera. Wa La!
Here’s sharing some photography apps I use on the computer and iPhone. Click links to learn more about them.
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