Tips to Taking Better Pictures of Your Kids
So, what do I mean by tips to taking better pictures? Let me set the scene.
You decide you’re going to whip out the family camera and descend on your kids for a little “photo session” of your own. You have the rose-coloured idea of how your precious children are going to co-operate with you long enough to fulfill your vision of serene images that will adorn the walls of your house.
What you get instead is a bunch of mopey faces, cheesy smiles and … is that whining I hear in the background? Getting water out of a rock is easier than this! Your end result is a mountain of blurred images with a couple of mismatched contents, enough for you to vow that you will NEVER attempt this again.
Taking Better Pictures: Six Easy Tips
It doesn’t have to be that hard! We all struggle with taking pictures of our own children. Yes, even doing this as a career I have battled to get my beauties excited about the prospect of “posing” for me. I usually threaten them with their lives and then in the next breath expect them to smile naturally.
Here are a few tips to taking better pictures of your kids and produce awesome images.
1) Keep your camera on hand for everyday moments.
Photograph your kids in an activity or doing their favourite thing. Capture the expression on their face that makes them … well, them. After all, that’s what you want to remember, a certain place, experience or look. Crack a joke and photograph their laughter. Your kids will soon become used to you bringing out the camera and the cheesy grins will be a thing of the past.
2) Read your camera manual (no, don’t give me those rolled eyes!).
You don’t need to own a shmancy camera, but you do need to know how to use it so you can get the best results from it.Learn the functions and settings and you will be on your way to taking better pictures in no time.
Instead of pointing, pressing the button and then praying like crazy that all will turn out okay, take your time to focus on your child’s face and compose your image properly.
4) Try different angles.
Shoot from below and from above. Get creative making sure you are filling the frame correctly and not cutting out vital body parts like arms and legs.
5) Pay attention to the background.
Busy backgrounds can be distracting. You want to bring the attention onto your subject. By simply removing the laundry basket in the background or moving your body angle, you can cut out distractions. A plain wall works well to really make your child’s face pop out.
6) Practice does makes perfect.
Keep at it. Enjoy the moments that you are recording.
In this digital age most of our photographs never end up in print but rather sitting on our computers or on a disc. An excellent way of showcasing your images is to every 6 months, or at least once a year, put them into a photo book. Such an easy resource when you want to browse through your family memories. It doesn’t have to cost a lot and there are many different places that offer printed photo books at a reasonable cost.
If you are printing pictures to display in your home, please use a professional lab to ensure you display the best.
I highly recommend (of course) that you book with a professional photographer whose work you admire and who fits your style, at least once a year. Don’t forget that YOU have to be in your family pictures too. Your children will cherish these forever.
These are just a few of many tips I can share. Hope they have been helpful to you.
Happy snapping xx