Taking photos of your kids is not easy, especially when they are small and fast (or big and unimpressed!). I have taken photos of kids from days old, to decades old. Here are a few easy tips to nab those photos on your phone, or camera this holiday season.
- If you are using a camera, shoot in sports mode if you have small kids. The higher shutter speed will capture those precious seconds as they zoom about!
- Photography literally means painting with light – try and get your kids positioned so that the light is on their face – and there are no shadows on their faces for example, near a window or a door if you are inside. If you are outside, do not face them towards direct sun as they will be squinting. Try and find even shade.
- Give them something to do. This can be playing with a toy, jumping up and down, or getting them explaining the plot to a cartoon they watched, a story they read. Ask them questions and snap those expressions as they talk.
- Watch them play – take out your camera and take photos. Some of the very best images are unposed. Move yourself around them to find the best light.
- Always focus on their eyes. If they are still babies (even young kids), get a squeaky toy. I have found that making a noise will attract both kids eyes, and pets eyes, (and sometimes can be used with adults too!).
- Get down to their level. Take photos on the floor with your child.
- If you are going to take posed photos, keep the time short. Most small kid’s attention spans are 15 minutes at a time.
- If you are taking photos outside, the best time to do it is early morning or evening at dusk. The shadows are not as harsh, and you get better light.
- One guaranteed technique is to tell your kid not to smile. EVER. during the session. You will get cheeky grins all round.
- Have fun in a sessions. Smile, laugh, make fart jokes if you have to.
Happy Christmas Everyone, from my family to yours.