My children are the reason I pick up my camera, time and again. And taking better photos of them is what really spurred me along my photography journey. Often it is the simplest of things that can make an ordinary photo into something you want to print off and display on your walls. So whether you are using the camera on your phone, or something a bit more sophisticated, here are a few simple tips to help you get better photographs of your children
Focus on the eyes
Often , a simple portrait will have the most impact if your child’s eyes are in sharp focus. Using portrait mode on your phone or putting the focus point on the eyes is the best way to make sure that these are the main feature. Angle your child towards the light (having them look up at you can help with this) as this will allow you to capture those ‘catchlights’ in their eyes, which makes for a beautiful portrait.
2. Turn it into a game
You are in a beautiful place, your kids look adorable and you really want a photo to capture the moment. But as soon as you ask them to ‘say cheese’ they turn mutinous and refuse to look at the camera.
My kids hate posing for photos, but they LOVE a game. And as parents you are in a unique position in that you know the best way to make your children giggle.
The little series above was taken during a really simple game, where I had them scoop as many leaves up off the floor as possible and they then had to freeze as still as statues and wait for me to yell ‘GO!’ and throw them as far as possible. They were in hysterics, it took me 5 minutes and I have photos of them with genuine laughter that I can’t wait to print out and put up around the house.
The photos below were the result of a simple game where these twin brothers had to race towards me and then ‘freeze’ or ‘cuddle’ on demand. They loved it, can you see that genuine joy on their faces?
3. It’s all a matter of perspective
As parents, we often tend to take photos of our children standing up and pointing our cameras towards them. Have a look through your photo reel on your camera or phone, chances are most of the photos of your children are angled slightly downwards.
Altering your perspective can make your family photos more dynamic and interesting.
Shooting from above is a lovely way to capture facial expressions and is especially effective with small babies who can’t move or sit up.
Get down low! Shooting from below can also be a fantastic way to give impact to your photos. It can make small children appear mighty and powerful and adds a sense of fun and adventure to your pictures.
4. Get on their level
Shooting at eye level is a great way to create an immediate connection with your child in a photograph
Squatting, sitting down (or even lying on your stomach) so that you are at eye-level with your child puts the viewer in the child’s world, seeing things at the same level they do. This is especially effective for those portraits where you want your children looking into the lens and smiling.
5. Get moving
Capturing movement is my favourite way to get photos of both my own children and my clients. Are they small enough to be thrown in the air? Do they like to dance, run, twirl or jump? Set your camera or phone to burst mode to freeze the action and have them jump on the bed (or a trampoline).
Are you feeling really creative?! How about trying to blur the motion, you’ll need to focus on a still object or get someone to stand as stationary as possible and then tell your kids to twirl or run as fast as they can.
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