April 26, 2018

5 Tips For Taking Photos In The Sun

Zigging and zagging muddy puddles to hunt down every color of tulip was truly great fun! Last Sunday, the forecast was set for overcast and exactly what I wanted. Why? Well, I had planned on taking a ridiculous number of photos because, as you and I know, that’s just what us mom’s do. 

Once we arrived, however, the sun decided to take over and it ended up being clear skies and 75 degrees! A beautiful warm day to ooo and aww over rows upon rows of tulips. Gorgeous time to be out! Although for photography, beaming sun rays created a major challenge.

At first, I was a bummed since my mama heart was ready to snap away and capture clear and colorful photos of my family. So Instead of giving up, I challenged myself to get creative and dig into my photography box.

I am by no means a master on photography as I'm constantly adjusting and learning new things all time! I just really enjoy the learning process, so I'm happy to share as we all want those beautiful images of our children! After getting questions on my photography through DM's over in Instagram, I knew putting this blog post together would be relevant to so many of you. Helping another mom out is what this blog is all about.

So below, I complied my research and experience from last weekend to share with you today on 5 general tips for taking photos in the sun.

5 General Tips on Taking Photos in the Sun

// 1 // Perspective:

Try changing your position at least twice. By doing so, you’ll find where the sun light hits your subject changes too. I have found that by letting the sun hit the top or side of my subject brings in a sense of emotion and or wonder to the photograph. 

// 2 // Shade:

Move your subject into the shade by directing them to go up against a building or bush. Just by looking around you, I’m sure you’ll get really creative on finding a nice little shade spot. Here, Abby and I got on a low level so that both of us would be in the shade. Think outside the box.

// 3 // Positioning:

No shade spots? Position your subject in front of the sun. By doing so, this will create a soft halo of light around them. Whereas if I had Abby face the sun, you’d see squeaky eye’s and a washed-out face as shown below.

I know with little ones, this can be challenging. So, if your spouse or a family friend is nearby, ask them to hold your child.

// 4 // Wait for a cloud to pass over:

By being patient, I ended up getting even amount of light over Abby as she played in the tulip fields. For this photo, I had already positioned myself to face the sun, so a soft halo of light was beaming around her. Then, when I noticed a cloud was passing over, I snapped away!

// 5 // Creating shade and controlling light exposure:

Sometimes there’s nothing around you, such as the case for us on this particular day. So we created our own shade! We did this first, by having Steve hold Abby and face away from the sun. Then, I asked him to place her directly in front of him so that his entire body casted a shadow over her. The result, was even light over both my subjects to the best of my ability.

I hope the next time your outside, these tips help you capture a few photos of your own children! 

It's truly not an ideal situation to take a photo right under the sun, although like many of you, I'm determined to not let the beautiful sun rays keep me from documenting our time as a family together. 

With spring here and summer soon on it's way, feel free to pin the image below to your spring/summer board as a reference for later.  ; )

Until next week!

XO - Steph


  1. You picked the best place to share these tips! How beautiful!

    1. Well thanks Bethany! We did not expect to walk onto the field with sun rays above us, however I'm glad I took the unexpected and did my best! We learned a lot and hopefully by sharing this experience it helps you!