3 Tips for Getting Great Photos of Your Kids
My children used to run in the opposite direction the moment they saw me coming with my camera. My son, especially, would openly express his displeasure at having his picture taken. Just take a look at this face I captured last year:
Suffice it to say I wasn’t using the most effective methods of taking photos of my children. Another sample of my daughter, well past her patience limit with her mother photographing her:
Tip 1: Let them be kids, to take great pictures!
They’ll run, and laugh, and make silly faces, want to jump in the puddles, roll down the grassy hills, and get dirty. Once I learned to let go of my pre-conceived notions of what their childhood should look like in photographs, I began to see the beauty in their reality, and capture it on camera.
Once I stopped bossing them around and getting frustrated, in between the jumping in puddles? This happened:
Tip 2: Always Be Ready with Your Camera
Have your camera with you. Always. This is something that was really hard for me to get used to. A DSLR camera isn’t exactly small and convenient to carry around. But I kept finding myself missing all the good stuff when I’d leave home without it. So, I purchased this small camera carrying case to make transportation as effortless (and safe) as possible. It takes a while to establish the habit, but just like anything else, make it part of your daily routine, and before you know it, you’ll be capturing all those beautiful candid moments on your awesome DSLR, instead of your iphone.
Tip 3: Enjoy Moments with Them: Be Present. (And get in the shot!)
It’s easy to get caught up in the picture taking part of photography - especially in the beginning, when you’re still learning your camera, and exposure, and lighting, and the list goes on - but if you’ve tried photographing your kids before, you already know how getting distracted with all those little details can cause you to miss the big picture (pun intended), lose your patience - and theirs - real fast. So let go, be present, and enjoy that time with them. Oh, and try getting in the frame once in a while too! I’ve got a few tricks for achieving this seemingly impossible feat, but more on that next week ;)
Until then, happy clicking!!