On my Instagram, I regularly receive requests for photography and editing tips, especially parents asking how to take pictures of their kids.
Although everyone has their own photography style, I thought it would be a good idea, especially with the holiday season so close, to share some thoughts to help you capture those special moments.
Here are my top 5 tips for photographing your children (Although these can be applied to anything really):
Plan the picture before hand: Apart from the daily non-stop picture taking of my kids, I usually like to take the time and capture milestones properly. For example, once Baby A started standing and cruising with support, I wanted to take a really nice photo of him in that position. I find it the cutest when he stands by the window in our living room, holding on to the sill, cruising side to side. So I knew that would be my shot. Now, to execute it.
Use as much natural light as possible: I can’t emphasize enough how important lighting is when it comes to taking a picture. Unless you have a great flash system at home, I would suggest trying to take most of your pictures in the day time, in areas that have tons of natural light.
Get the right camera settings: Because kids move so much, make sure your shutter speed is fast to get sharp pictures. I would suggest keeping it at 1/200 at least. Also, make sure to change your focus mode to continuous as this will track a moving subject better.
Declutter and click: So if I were to take that picture of Baby A by the window, I would remove any clutter around the window so that there is nothing in the picture to distract from my main subject (which is quite the task with two boys!). Once that is done, you are good to go, just click away. I tend to take lots of photo of the same scene to make sure I get “the” shot.
Editing: Remember, less is more. Try to stay away from applying filters to the pictures of your kids because the over processing in post-editing can completely change your child’s skin tone, which are naturally so beautiful.
And lastly, my most important tip would be to know when to give up. Children are very difficult to photograph and usually don’t cooperate. Remember the picture you are attempting to take was meant to capture something cute your child does, or an important milestone in their life. Have fun with it! If you don’t get the shot you had envisioned today, try again tomorrow!
Hope these tips help! Message me with any other questions you may have!