Just about everyone with children asks the question, “What’s the best way to take pictures of my kids?”
That question is really code for “What’s the easiest way I can get predictable good pictures of my kids?”
One of the problems of photographing children particularly very young children is that they are pretty mobile and can be really challenging to capture.
Unless you have a game plan
By following a few simple guidelines you’ll find that taking pictures of your kids can be a lot of fun plus you can end up with photographs that are pretty cool.
Given the fact that children are busy little creatures if you plan your photo session to take this into account and use their short attention span to your advantage you’ll be able to take photos that capture their personality.
Top secret child photography trick – “Controlled Candid”
Just because you set your camera for high speed does not mean you’ll get that perfect photo of your little one. How many times have you seen parents chasing their kid around the park and playground trying to get a neat photo they could use as a gift for family and friends?
Controlled candid is a far better technique. Essentially you set up a situation, position yourself, set your camera appropriately, and then let the situation unfold. Expressions are more spontaneous and it if you are ready it is easier to capture them. Children’s expressions are fleeting at best, so if you control the situation you are not running around looking for the expression you are just waiting for it to appear.
If you are looking for an artsy style photo try setting your camera on “portrait” mode and positioning your child far enough in front of the background so the background goes “soft.” For example: at the park don’t put your daughter right in front of the shrubbery because it will end up looking very flat and none artsy. However, putting her 15 to 20 feet in front of the shrubbery yields a very different look. Because of the distance the background now goes “soft” and ends up being a wash of color. Now your photo will take on a more dimensional and artsy look.
If you would like to see examples of the above techniques with actual photos from an hour at the park with a one-and-a-half year old, follow the links below.