Is there anything more endearing for most of us than a baby or child as the subject of our photographs?
The world is a giant ball of dirt and water filled with parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, who desire pictures, lots and lots of pictures, of the children they love.
Most of you are absolutely happy with the photos you take; this is because your heart is seeing your special child.
However you may not be seeing the actual photographic quality of the picture. More than likely you’re looking at a snapshot; you really don’t mind that it is too dark, too bright, a little out of focus or a number of other potential problems because again, it’s of your special child.
All of these things are easy to fix, with a few adjustments you will be taking photos that truly express everything you love that child!
We will be looking over the next few post at simple ways to take better photos of your children… So, let’s get started.
1. Get down to their level
This is the easiest thing you can do to really help connect the viewer with the child. Too many photos of children are taken from the eye level of the adults. By simply getting down to their eye level we can create a better emotional and visual connection.
2. Let kids be kids
Our children learn to accept our constant picture taking as a part of their daily lives, they responding with cheerful indifference or even ham it up for us as a way of showing cooperation. I’ve learned over the years to always let children take the “goofy” pictures and they will generally pose for you as sort of a reward for letting them play. So, forget the poses, you can set them up in the area you want but don’t rush them, let it happen. As a professional it is my job to make things as aesthetically pleasing as possible, however I think the most memorable portraits are when our children’s personalities come out not when they are asked to take on my pose.
3. Find the light
I’m not going to give you an in depth lesson on light. Here is all you need to know to get started taking better photos of your kids, have them face the light. If you are inside have the kids get closer to a light or near a window. If you are outside find a spot of shade and have them face into the direction of the sun (but never have direct sunlight in their faces).
These three simple things are things that you can start doing today and they will improve your photos, but be careful, making great portraits can get addicting!