I love taking photos, especially of my kids. Time flies by so quickly so I love the idea of capturing a moment in time so it can last forever. You can look back and see just how little they were, how much they’ve grown and remember the amazing times you’ve had together.
But getting great photos of your kids isn’t always easy. They move fast, pull faces and often just don’t want to stand there while they’re having their photo taken.
And when you finally get some photos, they just don’t look great.
So, how can you take better photos of your kids?
Tips for taking great photos of your kids
1. The more you take, the better
I always feel like the more you take of the same thing, you’re bound to have a good one. They move quick, blink and have funny expressions. Just keep snapping away.
2. Use natural light if possible
Natural light is always best for photos. Outside is great, or by an open window if you’re indoors.
3. Avoid harsh light
The middle of the day is usually not the best for photos. Shadows can distort the face and people squint. The best time for photos is early in the morning, or in the evening. I love the golden tinge as the sun is setting. I think it looks amazing.
4. Have a good camera
Having a good camera can definitely help to take better pictures.
5. Know your camera well
It pays to know the functions and settings of your camera and what everything does. But the auto setting can still take pretty great pictures.
6. Don’t ask them to pose
Some of the best photos are natural, when they don’t even know you are taking it. My son usually gives a fake smile when he knows I am taking his picture. I let my kids play, and just keep snapping. Natural photos are the best, because it’s more real. They aren’t being told what to do. When you look back at them later, it’s a more accurate representation of their childhood.
7. Don’t be afraid to zoom in
Zoom in close, don’t be afraid to crop parts off, or focus on others. I love zooming in on facial features. It can make for some interesting photos. Try something different.
8. Have an uncluttered background
Too much in the background detracts and takes the focus away from the kids. Remove objects from the background, or change position and take photos from a different angle.
9. Get down to their level
I’m always lying on the ground or getting in weird positions to get a great shot. Different perspectives can look amazing. Shooting down on your kids can make them look small and getting lower makes it easier to see the world from their eyes.
10. Practise, practise, practise
The more pictures you take, the more you will see what works well. Try things differently and see what happens. If you don’t like it, take another. And another.
If you end up with an abundance of photos, there are plenty of photo crafts you can do. Scrapbooking is great for preserving memories and creating an amazing piece of art.
Do you love taking photos? Do you have any tips to add?