I’m not a photographer….. but I love to take pictures of my kids! And when I take the time to take a picture I want it to ‘pop’.
Here’s a few things I’ve learned in my 9 1/2 years of being a Mom:
Taking Pictures of children
Take alot of shots! A posed picture will probably look exactly like a posed picture. The best shots capture a candid, relaxed expression. I often take a dozen pictures of one particular shot. Sometimes the one that becomes a keeper is the one they didn’t realize you were taking.
Taking Pictures of Kids
Get on their level!
Kids are usually shorter than adults….especially babies. Who wants to see a series of pictures of a child’s hair. Lean down, squat, or sit on the floor so you are looking straight on.
Get below them.
One of my favorite shots is one I took when I layed out on the grass and took the picture almost straight up. That way I captured the kids in motion with nothing but the clouds behind them.
Get rid of noisy background.
When I take pictures of my children outside, I don’t want to see power lines, air conditioner units or the lawn mower in the yard. I want to see the kids! So when you are ready to take a picture, look behind the subject before you push click. Can you have a cleaner background if you step a few feet to the right or change the angle of the shot?
Get in their face and take out the color
Well…..figuratively of course. By zooming in close and then turning it black and white, I am able to see their eyes sparkle.
Do you know why you should look down on the people you’re taking a picture of? Hmmmm….
Got any tips for taking pictures of children? I’d love to hear!
March 25, 2012 – Today I tried to get this shot that has floated around the photography world for years. You can tell the kids were super excited to cooperate.
Ever tried this shot? Did it turn out better than mine?