I’ve been taking photos of my daughters for years. When I bought my first DSLR about 10 years ago, they were my test subjects, much to their dismay. In those early days, I never thought I’d get a good photo. My girls’ lack of patience coupled with my need for perfection was not a winning combination.
By now we’ve had a lot of practice together, and I’ve learned a few tips and tricks along the way. Here are a few of my tried and true tips for taking AMAZING pictures of your kids.
1. Snap Away!
We live in the wonderful age of digital where you are able to take a million pictures and easily delete those you don’t want. So, keep your finger firmly on the shutter button and shoot away. It is likely to take you many shots to get the picture of your dreams, and anything can happen in a split second with kids. They move or blink or fall over. You want to capture the good moments, and be free to delete the not so favorable ones.
2. Time It Right
Don’t take your kids on a photo shoot at nap time or meal time. Be sure they are well rested and well fed before you venture out to take their pictures. You’ll avoid meltdowns, and you’ll be sure to capture their good moods. Good moods = smiling faces.
3. Get Down On Their Level
To take the best pictures of your children, you want to be at their eye level not above them. This often means sitting on the ground or even laying on the ground. I’ve done it tons of times. I bring a beach towel or an old blanket so that I can spread out without worrying about getting dirty.
4. Bring Distractions
Toys, noise makers, and snacks are always a bonus. Also, if you can enlist a helper who can keep the children’s attention on you while you are snapping away, even better.
5. Get The Light Right
You want the light in front of your subjects but not blinding them. Choose a time of the day when the light is still bright but is not directly overhead and shining in the eyes of your children. Nothing is worse than squinty eyes in pictures.
6. Be Playful and Talkative
Some of the best pictures I have of my daughters are where they are laughing and chatting. Take the lead to get them started, and they’ll take over and soon forget that a photo shoot is happening at all!