More Tips for Better Photos of Kids
In my last tutorial I shared my first 5 tips on how to take better pictures of your kids. Here are another 5 tips for better photos of kids to really get you on your way!
6. Shoot LOTS
The beauty of digital cameras is you can shoot to your heart’s content, and if you don’t like how it turned out, DELETE! The best way to master something is to make lots of mistakes. Chances are, if you take 100 photos of something, you’ll absolutely LOVE at least 10 of them. Practice. Try new things. Play with light, angles, and perspective. There’s no better way to improve.
7. Timing is everything
You know your kids better than anyone else. You know if they’re grumpy in the evening, or if they’re little angels when they wake up in the morning. If you want to capture their sweet side, and you know they’re calm at a certain time of day, plan your photos around that. If you want to lay a guilt trip on them when they’re older, snap a few shots of them being a holy terror before bedtime! I have TONS of those kinds of pictures of my kids! And I think they’ll get a laugh out of them when they’re older, struggling with their own bundles of joy. Just don’t plan for sweet images of them frolicking in the field when you know they’re overdue for a nap. You’ll only be disappointed.
8. Remove distractions
Even if you’re working with Photoshop, it isn’t a fun job to remove unwanted distractions from an otherwise perfect photo after the moment has passed. If you can, clear the scene ahead of time. I’m all for the messy, real-life photos of kids baking their first batch of cookies, or pictures of them after a serious playdate. But if you’re going for framable pictures for Daddy’s desk, or something to put on the wall, remove anything that doesn’t add to the picture.
9. Fill the frame, or tell a story
If it doesn’t add to the story you’re telling, take it out of the frame. Sometimes you don’t have time to tidy up before you take the shot. That doesn’t mean you can’t eliminate the distractions from the photo. Get in close! Fill the frame with your beautiful child. On the other hand, if he pulled everything out of the pantry while you were loading the washing machine, get that beautiful mess in the shot too! It’ll be funny…later.
10. Be silly and PLAY
If your kid is anything like my youngest (he’s two – enough said), all he wants to do it touch, see, and grab my camera when I get it out. I mean, immediately. You have to find a way to distract them from it. My son is very proud of his knowledge of various body parts. All it takes is a simple “where’s your belly?” and he has totally forgotten about the big camera pointing at him. Do you have a peek-a-boo fan? Hide behind your camera and make a game out of it. Maybe your kids are a little older. Ask them if your feet stink! You know what makes your kids giggle. Use that, and capture the joy.
Thanks for visiting Laura Michele Photos. Remember to keep taking those photos! Once again, I’d love to see your progress, so post some on my Facebook page when you get a chance. And remember to contact me the next time you’re ready to get in some photos too.