More tips to take better photos of your kids
Did you catch my previous blog post which gave you my 6 key tips to take great photos of your kids? We covered light, noise, height and editing. Today’s blog post is the sequel which will give you 3 more tips to take better photos of your kids.
1. Be ready to go
Do you need a new camera? All the lenses? No! Don't go and spend loads of money on new equipment if you're not confident on how to use it or know what all the buttons do. You can just use a normal point and shoot - but my number one tip is: BE PREPARED! If you can, try to be ready to go / plan for the shoot if you can. Or even just use your iPhone if you have to. I know it's not always easy, but try to make sure the battery is full and there is a card in the slot! I have my iPhone’s quick start menu set with the camera so that I can use it even if the phone is locked. Kids move quickly and will move onto the next thing if you’re not ready.
2. Become mates first
Obviously if they're your kids, then you're already good mates! But when I meet a new client, I have to build rapport from scratch. Maybe you could grab your camera and swap with a friend? At the start of every shoot, I relax the kids into the session by becoming friends with them first. Before they even see the camera, I will play with them, bring out all the toys in the room and just have fun. This allows them to get used to the space, me and my voice and to just be themselves. When I can feel the rapport building and the trust has developed, then I’ll show them my camera and even let them take a photo themselves! By this stage, we already have lots of natural smiles and we can ease into the session at their pace.
3. Enlist another set of hands if you can
I was asked on my Facebook business page recently how I can get the kids to look at the camera, and stop them from making ‘fake’ smiles. A little trick I like when working with toddlers is to get another set of hands. I get the kids comfortable and in position, set myself up and ask the parents to stand behind me and call the child’s name / make lots of high pitched noises. But the trick here is to make sure that the other person is crouched down to the same level as you and the child. Otherwise, the baby is going to look up if the adult is standing, and you won’t get any eye contact in your camera.
Any other ideas?
What have you found works when photographing your kids? I'd love to hear your tips and see the results!
Or just ask the professionals! :)
If you’re interested in a family photo shoot, please don’t hesitate to get in touch – I’d love to capture beautiful and timeless photos of you and your family.