Saturday, October 26, 2013

Tips for Taking Pictures of Your Own Kids

With the weather quickly changing from mild to chilly, I decided to get in as much outdoor time as possible. I did have a side agenda to capture some fall pictures of the boys. 

I'm a creative person by nature, and also one to DIY... and that doesn't stop when it comes to photography. I purchased a DSLR shortly after my oldest was born. I was determined to learn. One little lesson I learned right away was... Taking pictures of children is NOT easy! Little ones, at least. They wiggle, they roam, and they are BUSY! 

So, with that being said, I wanted to share with you all some things that I have learned from photographing my own kids. These are just a few little tips that have helped me and will hopefully help you!

  1. Dress your kids in photo ready outfits on days where you might have a little bit of free time. Also, keep your camera with you, so that you can spontaneously have a photo shoot when the kids are happy. 
  2. Make it a fun activity (like a trip to the park), they don't have to know about your agenda.
  3. Bring or find things to interest them & hold their attention (like a ball, stick, props, etc).
  4. Bring snacks or treats for a reward (or bribing, which ever).
  5. Don't put too much pressure on yourself to get the best pic. Enjoy yourself!
  6. Know when they are in a good mood, and know when it's stopping time.
  7. Get the most out of your window of opportunity, take a ton of pictures!
  8. Let them do their thing, don't try to control the situation too much.
  9. Take pictures of them acting natural, they will often be your favorite ones!
  10. Carry the minimal necessities (camera, distractions, keys).
  11. Assistants are always nice.
  12. Find nice lighting. Outside, avoid really sunny areas that tend to cause squinting and shadows on the face. Shaded areas are best outdoors. Inside, just the opposite. Find areas where natural light is pouring in. Position yourself next to the window and shoot pics as your child faces towards the window. This creates photographs with bright eyes.
  13. Play around with different angles. Not every picture needs to be straight on and centered. 
  14. If your kids are old enough, let them take a few pictures of you (you can use your phone if you don't want to risk them dropping your nice camera)! Getting them involved will make them more interested the next time you have a photo shoots. 

Good distractions can add extra time to your photo shoot.
Here are some ideas: 
  • Bubbles
  • Food
  • Objects in Nature
  • New toys (cute wood toys make for the best photo props)
  • Noise makers
  • Books (favorite books make for adorable photo props too)
  • A Pretend Camera (monkey see, monkey do)

Hopefully, with these tips and distractions you can get a few good photos of your little ones! Get outside quick, otherwise it's a looooong wait until spring time for those outdoor photos! 

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