My top 10 tips on how to take fabulous photos of your kids this festive season âť¤ď¸ŹđźŚ˛

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.

  1. 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! 
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!).
  6. Get down to their level. Take photos on the floor with your child.
  7. If you are going to take posed photos, keep the time short. Most small kid’s attention spans are 15 minutes at a time. 
  8. 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.
  9. One guaranteed technique is to tell your kid not to smile. EVER. during the session. You will get cheeky grins all round.
  10. Have fun in a sessions. Smile, laugh, make fart jokes if you have to. 

Happy Christmas Everyone, from my family to yours.

Check out my child portraiture & family sessions here.

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