While every photo of our children is precious, the rise of social media has made us a lot more aware of our photography skills—or lack thereof. When snapshots were relegated to photo albums and shoeboxes, things like proper framing and background weren’t so pressing. Now? Most every photo we take is expected to go on exhibit. These tips for taking great photos of your kids will get you started.
However, taking these photos does not need to be stressful. Taking great photos is actually pretty simple. Below are a few basic tips to help you take better shots of your kids, to share and to cherish.
Think about photographs and paintings you see in museums and galleries; in most, the subject is depicted in a direct gaze, not being looked down upon. By getting down to your child’s level, the photos will look much more natural and his or her features less distorted.
Children do not enjoy being forced to pose for the camera because children do not enjoy being forced to do much of anything. Rather than forcing the moment, relax and go with whatever is natural. There is plenty of beauty in a child’s day—you just have to be ready to capture it.
Even when you are shooting during the day, the lighting can often use a little help. Fill flash will help to avoid harsh shadows and make it easier to see your child’s beautiful features.
It has become a meme genre: photos taken without regard to the background. In some cases, the offending item is just something unattractive, like a trash can. In the worst cases, mirrors and other background elements have revealed some pretty embarrassing things. But even if there is nothing off about the background, the less background noise, the easier it is to concentrate on the focal point: your child.
Do you have any tips for taking good photos of your kids?