Family Photos: Fathers Day Celebration Ideas

How to Photograph Father and Son, Father and Daughter

by Kerry Drager

Cooling Off
Cooling Off
© Melisa R. McKolay
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Tips for Photographing Fathers Day Celebration Ideas:

Composing Your Image: Study the innovative pictures by BetterPhoto members and instructors, and you'll see such a wide array of camera angles and perspectives.

Many BP images involve formal or casual portraits - whether full-length shots or tight close-ups. Most, however, involve striking candids - whether at play or engaged in loving moments. In some cases, the faces aren't even shown - for example, a dad pointing out the ins and outs of a ball game. Other times, the hands of father and child link to form a strong symbolic gesture.

Lighting Your Subjects: Nothing beats the beauty of pleasing natural light. A solid overcast sky, in fact, acts like a giant white umbrella to cast soft and even light. But late-day or early-morning sunlight can put your subject in a beautiful warm glow. Also consider sidelight or window light for a striking mood portrait. Harsh, sunny midday? Fill in the shadows with fill-in flash, or move your subjects into open shade.

The only limiting factors in photographing dads and children are your own imagination. Don't be afraid to experiment with angles of light and viewpoint. Frame both horizontals and verticals. Color or black and white? Go for both!

My Love and My Life
My Love and My Life
© Wendy Stevenson
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Resources for Fathers Day Celebration Ideas

BetterPhoto's Gallery of Father and Child photos:
Related how-to articles:

Father and Son: Passing the Game Down
Father and Son: Passing the Game Down
© Rob Friedman
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Related BetterPhoto online courses:

About Author / Instructor / Photographer, Kerry Drager
Photography Instructor: Kerry Drager
Kerry Drager is a professional photographer, teacher and writer who is also the co-author of two books: The BetterPhoto Guide to Creative Digital Photography and The BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Light. He has taught many photography courses (online and in person), seminars and field workshops.

Be sure to check out Kerry's website -

Also, he is the author of Scenic Photography 101, the photographer of the photo-essay books The Golden Dream: California from Gold Rush to Statehood and California Desert , a contributor to the books BetterPhoto Basics and Daybreak 2000, and a co-photographer of Portrait of California. In addition, Kerry was profiled in the April 1994 issue of Outdoor Photographer magazine and in Vik Orenstein's 2010 book The Photographer's Market Guide to Building Your Photography Business, and his website was showcased in the January 2003 issue of Shutterbug magazine. Plus, his work has appeared in magazines, Hallmark cards and Sierra Club calendars, and in advertising campaigns for American Express and Sinar Bron Imaging.

Also follow Kerry on Facebook, where he posts photos several times a week that include shooting tips and thoughts.

Kerry lives with his wife, Mary, on California's Central Coast, with their three Newfoundland dogs, four cats, and a mixed terrier.