Hello and welcome to this episode of “5 Tips”
These episodes help you get the most out of your photography. They also let me give something back by sharing some of my knowledge.
Today’s episode is 5 Tips: To Get Better Photos of Your Children
Photographing your children can boil down to just pure luck sometimes. But more often than not, some planning and lot’s of patience is required from your part. Here are some thoughts on how you can get better photographs of your children.
This is the most important thing above all else. Make sure that your child is well rested, happy and well fed. If you are planning a photography session then make sure it’s to their schedule. They’ll be much happier and so will you.
2. Get Lower
How many of your photographs are of them looking up at you? It’s so easy to photograph your child while they’re playing on the floor, in the bath or rolling around in the grass. But remember the images you create will feel so much more alive if you get down on your knees and look at them on their eye level. You’ll also start to notice how they react more positive to the camera if it’s down with them. Maybe even try getting on your tummy and join in on the rolling around!
3. Play With Them
I still have real issues with this myself. I get too hung up on me being the “Photographer” and forget that I’m a father and I should be enjoying the moment. Play with your children when you’re pressing the shutter button. Engage with them in what they’re doing so that you don’t get posed grins and cheesy smiles! Play “Peek-a-Boo” behind the camera or throw a ball at them and ask them to do the same back. Have fun and you’re images will go from OK to FANTASTIC in no time at all.
4. Have A Chat
I use this one all the time, especially if I don’t know the children. What’s their favourite class, cartoon or place to play? Who’s their best friend and why? Talk to them and watch any nerves disappear and after a few minutes your pictures start to capture the real pleasure of them engaging with you. These always equal great, natural and emotional images.
5. Fill It
Filling the frame is something that doesn’t come naturally to any photographer. There’s an unnatural feeling when you zoom in so much that there’s nothing else in the image. But it’s important that you trust in this tip. If your background doesn’t help bring out the best in the image, then zoom in and fill the frame. Is it’s a picture of your son or daughter sat on the sofa then ZOOM IN and fill the frame. Maybe your son has just given the best smile, then fill the frame. Don’t be afraid and the results are amazing images of big eyes and goofy, gappy teeth. What could be better.
I hope these tips help you as they have helped me and I would love to see some of your images so please like and share. Until next time…happy shooting!