Monday, January 16, 2012

How to Photograph Children – 4 Surefire Ways to Get Amazing Photos!

How to Avoid This


If you're a child photographer, I hope you're paid well. Kids are constantly on the move and often find it hard to sit still, even for a few seconds. With this in mind, wouldn't it be handy if you had a few tips to add to your arsenal, so that you could photograph your children with ease and come up with amazing results time after time?

In this article, I am going to share with you 4 tips that I know for capturing a perfect memory.  

Let Photo Opportunities Present Themselves


Have you ever spent half an hour trying to get a child to smile for a photograph with no success? And then, a couple of minutes later after you have put your camera away you look around to see them smiling?

Instead of setting up a situation where you want a child to pose for a photograph, it can be much more beneficial for you to let the child act more natural. In this situation, you would be there with your camera in hand and be ready to snap away when a good photo opportunity presents itself.  I've found that parents treasure pictures of their children as they WERE much more than as they were SUPPOSED to be.

The allergic reaction to this is best left un-photographed.

Keep it Simple


Resist the urge to dress children up in clothes that are too eye catching, as this will take the attention away from them when the photos are viewed later. You want the children to be the center of attention, and you can achieve this by keeping the clothes smart but simple.

Also, keeping the child comfortable is a good step on the way to getting a good photograph.  Happiness is difficult to fake for adults, and children won't even try.


Happy Birthday!

 

Tips for Photographing Babies


One of the biggest challenges faced when photographing babies is getting them to look in your direction for more than a second. The best way to get around this is to make use of a prop, such as a toy or a teddy bear, and try to gain the child's attention with it. I've seen everything used from spinning lights to a squeaking duck, and it's hard to know what will work for any given baby - so stock up.

But it's worth it.  The smiling baby photograph is something that will be cherished by the family for years to come. And if you can learn to reliably get a smile out of babies,  you'll be remembered, and recommended, by the parents for years to come, too.

She thinks she gets to keep the toys.

Tips for Photographing Young Children


Young children are always full of energy (that's my nice way of putting it), and the big challenge here is getting them to stay in one place long enough for a photograph (duct tape is not allowed). One handy tip is to make good use of the sports mode on your digital camera, so that you can take a lot of photos at once while the child is moving around. You can then sort through the photos later and find a couple of gems.

It is also a good idea to approach a photograph from the child’s level, which may mean getting on your knees. Doing this will give you a whole new perspective of the scene you are shooting and very often opens up the chance for the perfect photograph.  Plus, children rarely see adults get down on their knees, and that may be just the thing to attract their attention.


Cost of bubbles: 5 cents. Beautiful picture: Priceless.