My Top Tips On Photographing Your Children
Photographing your children can be both rewarding and joyful, but at the same time hard and stressful. You probably look at professional photos and think how did they do that, or why can’t I do that. Well, I have compiled a list of my top tips to help you get the best out of your point and shoot camera or smartphone.
All of these tips and tricks aren’t technical, but more just common sense that any pro photographer has in their back pocket. If you follow these, I am sure you move away from the snapshots and start taking great shots.
Read on for my top tips on photographing your children….
Shoot them as they are (not how you think they should be)
The best time to photograph your children is when they are most relaxed. Try to anticipate their next move and be ready. A trick I like to you is to wait until they are unsuspecting that I have the camera ready and call their name. The image above was taken this way. Sunny was playing in the heather, unaware that I had the camera all ready set up with a vision of the photo in my head. I called his name, he looked at the camera and then I got the shot I wanted.
Try not to pose
Let them be themselves! Just go with the flow and keep photographing. With the digital age we live in, you can always delete any unwanted photos.
Get down to their level
I see this every week when I am photographing either a wedding or family photoshoot. People forget they have legs and they can bend them. Getting down to your child’s eye level will dramatically improve your photos. It will let you see the world through their eyes. Remember, bend the knee!!
Search for the light (but be aware of it)
Photographing anyone, never mind children will always be better during the golden hours. If you can try to shoot during early morning or late evening, though we don’t all have that luxury. If you are out and about during the midday sun, try looking for some shade and move to it. If you photograph in the midday sun, the light will be harsh, and people will be squinting.
Check your background.
Always check your background when photographing anyone. When I am out and about, I still see people pull out their camera and start photographing their loved ones in the same spot. Look for a background that won’t distract from the main subject. for example, poles, people or trees coming out of your subjects head will always distract the viewer.
The next time you pull out your smartphone or camera, try to remember these few simple tips. Check your background, let your children be themselves, watch the light and lastly try to have fun.