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!