It’s not often that I willingly hand over the controls of my camera to anyone else to take the photographs for our family but when I was contacted by PhotoBox to see if we would be interested in taking part in PhotoBox Kids’ Photo Studio, I couldn’t say no.
In recent research conducted by personalised photo gifting service PhotoBox it was found that in the majority of families it is Dad behind the camera, not Mum (although this is obviously not the case in our house). This can be down to a number of factors from Dad not wanting to let anyone else touch his precious tech gear (that’s me) to not being comfortable being in front of the camera, the truth of the matter is that Dads are often missing from family photographs. In a bid to put Dad back in the frame, PhotoBox are opening a photo studio run entirely by kids for one day only; and everyone has the chance to take part. For a chance to win a free session at the PhotoBox Kids’ Photo Studio on Saturday 25th June, enter the #FocusOnDad competition at www.photobox.co.uk/focusondad
Apart from setting up the camera on a tripod and showing them what buttons they needed to press, the rest of our Photoshoot was down to the Beans. They each decided what they wanted Daddy to wear for their photographs (which was interesting in itself) and then they told Daddy where he needed to stand or sit and how to pose. I love the results of the images and they were really happy with the results too. To finish off their little shoot they asked if we could put the camera on timer and take one of all of us which I wasn’t banking on so excuse my rather haggard look!
Some of the research findings were;
- Dad is always behind the camera and not in front;
- Mum prefers Dad taking the family photos (68%)*
- Two-thirds of Dads believe they’re better at taking photos than Mum (61%)
- A third of Dads admit trying to avoid family photos altogether (34%)
When it comes to family photos, as expected kids are always stealing the show from Dad:
- Over half (51%) of parents agree one of the top reasons Dad is always behind the camera is so he can capture all the children’s best moments
- Half (47%) of photos on display in the home feature the kids and neither parent
Robert May, Global Marketing Director at PhotoBox, comments:
Families are forever growing, changing, and experiencing new things together. Through photography, we can capture those special and everyday family moments so that we can celebrate them again and again. When we discovered that Dads were missing from many of the family pics, we were astounded! And knew something had to be done to rectify this. Our Kids’ studio will help put Dad back in the frame and celebrate his great moments with the family too.”
Professional Photography tips
Professional photographer and father-of-three Darren Coleshill of Photalife shares his own top tips for parents:
- Pick the right camera From experience, picking the right camera is key – there’s really no point in getting them an expensive all singing, all dancing camera, but equally a disposable camera isn’t right for them either. A simple basic camera with a zoom and importantly a screen is perfect. Even a phone with a camera is fine. Children need to see what they have taken a photo of and this needs to be instant, not a few days later!
- Holding the camera Before you get them to snap away show them how to hold the camera. If they are using a phone then showing them a grip where they hold it in each corner is normally good. Show them what happens if fingers are in front of the lens. No one enjoys looking through photos where little fingers are in the way. Show them beforehand so they won’t get disappointed when you look back at the photos later.
- Setting up the photo When getting children interested in taking photos don’t bombard them with too much information. The best way to start is to tell them to start by getting everything in the canter then they won’t go too far wrong. This is where having a screen is ideal as they can see exactly what they’re taking a photo of.
- Experiment The beauty of digital photos and smartphones is that you can take endless amounts of photos and it doesn’t matter. If they get a disposable camera then it’s limited to 24 or 36, which is no good. My tip would be to give them a camera on a day out and just let them snap away. You can then look back over them together and pick out their favourites, or work on different ways they can improve.
- Get Up Close On most cameras there will be some form of zoom, but also explain to them that if something looks too far away then move up to the subject so more of the point of interest is in the photo. This may be easier said then done, but let them find out what they like and what works best for them.
- Focus on Interesting Things Why are they taking that photo? Once they’ve got the basics of actually taking a photo get them to take photos of interest. What catches their eye? If it was an animal or person get them to focus on that and fill the photo with the thing they found interesting.
How to win a slot at the PhotoBox Kids’ Photo Studio
For a chance to win a free session at the PhotoBox Kids’ Photo Studio on Saturday 25th June, along with thoughtful PhotoBox photo gifts of Dad, enter the #FocusOnDad competition at www.photobox.co.uk/focusondad
You can also tell PhotoBox why the special Dad in your life deserves a treat by using #FocusOnDad on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.