This is an article that was basically made for me, since I tend to take pictures in my house with three kids. Even now, while we are trying to sell our house, there is never a lack of clutter around here.
So here are my 4 tips on removing clutter from photos:
1. Physically remove it.
Sometimes, it is just easier to pull a trash can and a few chairs out of the way or throw toys into a basket and slide it out of the frame.
2. Get close
Get close to your subject and open your aperture as much as possible to “blur” the clutter out.
Never underestimate the power of close-up shots with an aperture setting of between 1.8 and 4.0.
3. Remove it in post-processing.
I was taking some pictures of Henry on our bed the other day, but our ugly brass bathroom doorknobs made it into the background.
4. Embrace it.
Sometimes, it’s just not possible to remove the clutter, so embrace this as part of “lifestyle photography” and go with it.
Keli Hoskins is a busy mom of 3 kids, 5 and under. She spends her days changing diapers and cleaning the house and playing Candy Land and making sure her kindergartener gets to school on time and doing laundry and snuggling babies and making supper and occasionally taking pictures. And that’s just the stuff she does for fun! You can follow her life and photos at Kidnapped by Suburbia.