This article was written by the New York Institute of Photography, America’s oldest and largest photography school. NYI provides professional-level training via home study for photographers who want to give their images a professional look, and perhaps earn extra income with their camera.
Since the early 1900s, we have celebrated Mother's Day by sending Mom a card, or flowers or candy. This year, why not give her a more personal gift-a memorable portrait photograph?"
Here's a Mother's Day photo with a twist:
Here's a grab-shot that shows real intimacy between a mother and her young son. These two look so involved staring at the clouds that we would suggest that the photographer get the two of them to move to a spot where the road behind them and the towels they're reclining on could be taken out of the photograph. Sometimes, after making a candid photo of this sort, it can be worth your while to try to make a posed version of the same subject where you, the photographer, have a chance to exercise more control.
This photo of a proud Mom and her slightly suspicious son won First Prize in an NYI "Kids with Parents" contest a while back. Wouldn't any grandparent be proud to have a framed version of this photo in the living room?
Here's a photo of Mom with her baby that makes us smile. While we might have preferred an angle that cropped out some of the busy background, the expressions make the photo work.