3 Simple Tips to Take Better Photographs of your Children
First, do not wait for that perfect moment. You know the one, where everyone is looking at the camera smiling and not looking uninterested! The thing is, you have to change your thinking a bit about what makes that great photograph. You are more likely to get that natural smile when your child is engaged in something that they love! Better yet, photograph them playing and totally immersed in what they are doing. PRO TIP – If your child is moving too fast, on your camera use high speed continuous mode or on your cell phone use the burst option and the LIVE mode. The live mode allows you to see frame by frame of the photo. This way you can pick the perfect frame of the photo, whether it’s one of the first or last frame shot.
Second, always look for natural light indoors. My tip would be to turn off any lights you have. Open up the blinds and curtains. By only using natural light and not a combination of both natural and artificial you will get a more even light on your subject’s faces. Using artificial light also gives a yellowish/orange tone to the photograph. You can edit this in post processing. But it’s always better to get the photograph captured correctly before post processing if you can. *Don’t sweat if you don’t! 🙂 Position your children’s toys or whatever activity they may enjoy so the children are facing this window and they will be in the light. This will ensure even light on their face and a more sharp photograph. PRO TIP – Make mental notes of all of the places in your house with the best natural light. Use these spaces to ensure better photographs.
Third, don’t forget to get in the photograph! There are too many times I see photographs of children and there are no parents in sight. Please ask a spouse or a friend to take some photographs of you and your children. It is important to put yourself in the photographs!! If you have a digital camera, you can always set a timer so you can get in the frame.
Is all this just too much for you? Then please consider booking a Family Photography Session. I’d love to capture you and your family……learn more about my family sessions here!
I took this photograph in the bedroom, where I had more ample natural light. It made such a difference in the end result!
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Have fun capturing your children!