So often I have people say to me, "My pictures of my kids just don't look like yours." I am here to tell you that taking AMAZING pictures of your kids is easier than you might think. Today I am going to give you a few of my tried and true ideas to get you shooting awesome images of your little ones!!
1. FILL THE FRAME
The last thing you want to hear when grandma and grandpa are looking through your family pictures are, "Is that Jimmy over there by that tree?" I mean, if you are at Disney World and you want Cinderella's Castle in the background, then maybe that might work. But, if you are interested in an expression, or a specific moment in time, the main focus of the image should be your child. Don't be afraid to clip off a part of the head (as you see I did in this image), or shoot from the waist up. Tip: be careful not to crop at joints. ie: knees, elbow, etc. This can make for rather awkward looking shots.
2. CAPTURE MOTION
This can be tricky, especially if you have a mover and a shaker. If you have a programmable camera, make sure that your shutter speed is set a little higher. If you own a point and shoot, you can still achieve the same results. Just look for an icon that looks like a little guy running. That would be "sports mode" and will allow your camera to fire at it's fastest shutter speed. Keeping that in mind, you will be able to capture running, jumping and just plain having fun!
3. TRY DIFFERENT ANGLES
For the most part people take pictures of their kids facing towards them. I am here to tell you that there is so much more you can do. Try taking pictures of your child from behind or stand over them and shoot down. Also, when you kids are young it is always nice to capture all (and I mean) ALL of them. Never forget feet, hands, and most of all eyelashes!!!
4. GET LOW
You are much taller than your child and tend to shoot from above. To get a fresh perspective get down to their level. Sometimes that can make all the difference!
5. LET THEM BE THEMSELVES...IN OTHER WORDS, LET THEM PLAY
There is nothing better than capturing true emotion in an image. Sometimes the "say cheese" pictures look very posed and not all all like your children. The best way to capture great pictures is to let them do what comes naturally. Do they have siblings- even better. Engage them...say silly sentences, make them dance, sing, and play "telephone." The absolute best times you can capture are the ones where your child's personality shows through!
6. AVOID HARSH LIGHT
I know all too well how difficult it is to avoid harsh light especially here in Florida. I mean, we're not called the Sunshine State for nothing. Sometimes it can be difficult to find even the slightest bit of shade. If possible, have your kids either fully in the sun or completely in the shade. If you have a mixture of light it will be difficult to get a good picture. Tip: Always be mindful of the sun's location. If it happens to be behind your child, don't be afraid to use your flash. This will help to fill shadows that may fall on your child's face.
I hope this helps! Now, go grab the kids and your camera and start shooting!!
Until next time
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