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Tips for Better Photos of Kids | Family Photography

Tips for Better Photos of Kids | Family Photography

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.

How to Take Better Pictures of Your Kids  | Photographer Fort Myers

How to Take Better Pictures of Your Kids | Photographer Fort Myers

So you want to learn how to take better pictures of your kids?

You don’t have to be a professional photographer to capture beautiful photos.  I’m going to give you some tips on how to take better pictures of your kids.  While I firmly believe in the importance of hiring a professional photographer at least once a year (you need to get in some pictures, too!), I want everyone to be able to capture those day-to-day moments with their children in the best possible way.  Here are 5 tips (with another 5 tips to come on my next post!) to get you on your way to better pictures of your little ones:

1. Always have your camera handy

Even though we all have those fancy cameras on our smart phones, let’s be honest – the pictures look like a blurry blob with those fast-moving kids!  Get in the habit of having your camera with you at all times.  How many times have you wished you had your camera with you?  Do it!  Before you know it it’ll feel like an extension of you, and you’ll feel lost without it.

2. Pay attention to the light in your house

Walk around your house at different times of the day.  I’ll bet you get some gorgeous light somewhere in there at some point in the day!  Not everyone is in love with light like me, but once you find that beautiful light in your house, you’ll know what I mean.  Do you have a window or door that has a sheer curtain over it?  That’s called diffused light, and it’s some of the best!

3. Be mindful of the location of the sun outside

Sometimes there isn’t enough light inside to get a good photograph (and good photographs don’t use the pop-up flash on your camera!), and you need to take it outside.  There are times of the day that are absolutely perfect for photography, and others…not so much!  You’ll want to be able to put the sun where you want it, and you can only do that when it’s low in the sky.  This is typically 1-2 hours after sunrise, and 1-2 hours before sunset.  If you shoot in the middle of the day, when the sun is high in the sky, you will get nasty shadows under noses and eyes, and people will be squinting.  Unless you have a DSLR that you can shoot in Manual, or some external lighting equipment, you’ll want the sun to be behind you (and on your subjects’ faces.  Otherwise you’ll end up with some silhouettes if you’re shooting toward the sun.

4. Get down to their level

This will really make a difference in the look of your photographs, and they story they tell.  Get down to the eye level of your children.  If they’re on their tummy, get down on YOUR tummy!  See the world from their perspective – tell the story the way they see it.

5. Move around

Try taking some shots of the same thing from different angles and directions.  Are they playing with something or reading a book?  Try taking a shot over their shoulder to see what they see.  Are they jumping on the bed or playing at the park?  Try lying on the ground and shoot up at them.  Experiment with different angles of the same thing!

I hope you enjoyed these little tips on how to take better pictures of your kids.  But even more so, I hope you try them out!  You have the advantage of witnessing all the good stuff.  Document it all!  And if you need some advice on bigger hard drives for all of those pictures, feel free to ask – haha!  I’d love to see some of your photos!  Come on over to my Facebook page and show me what you’ve got.  And don’t forget to contact me at least once a year for those family photos!  They’ll want those in their memory boxes, too!

Another 5 Tips for Taking Better Photos of Kids can be found here.  Thanks for stopping by!