TIPS FOR PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR KIDS
Tips for photographing your kids
How to get FUN, BRIGHT and NATURAL photos of your own children, even with just your smartphone!
Are you constantly wishing you could get better photos of your kids when they are playing happily and wish you had an amazing, all-singing, all-dancing camera? Well.. the truth is you don’t need one!
Yes, a lovely camera would get some amazing photos if used well, and would have many advantages of course, but I don’t carry mine around everywhere we go. It’s just not on my list of essentials to pack for a day out. (I know that’s terrible for a photographer!) When we go on holiday I’ll always take a good camera, as I know I’ll want super high quality images to hang on the wall … but generally, on a day-to-day basis, I only ever have my phone with me.
I honestly believe that you can do great things with whatever camera you have.. as long as you consider the factors I’m going to share today.
So here are some things to think about when you’re photographing the kids…
Light, light, light…. Always LIGHT!!! This is the single most important tool I use every time I compose a shot, whether it be a professional photo or a quick phone snap. If you have plenty of light then most of your problems will be fixed. Get the kids outside and playing, or set some toys out in the lightest room of your house, or by a big window. Natural light is best so if you can avoid using flash or turning house lights on then do.
KEEP THEM BUSY
If they know they are being ‘photographed’ then they are likely to either pose or sulk! It could go either way!! So set them a task… painting, play-dough, baking, building a tower, making a den, splashing in a paddling pool … anything that they would find fun or interesting.
I find when my girls are playing that if I chat to them and we giggle they’ll naturally look towards the camera without me having to say ‘smile!’ every few seconds. Get out and play with them, make a mess, then they’ll be having fun (and you will too) and won’t feel as though it’s a task. Acting like a fool always works.
CHOOSE A DIFFERENT ANGLE
Get down on your hands and knees if need be.. being on low level with them works great, or I also like to go right above their heads sometimes too.
LOOK FOR THE DETAILS
What are they doing with their little hands? Are they full of mud or cake? I love to capture my littlest one’s wild curls or my big girl’s face as she concentrates.
I find that using apps on my phone to ‘tweak’ my daily snaps makes them pop and just look that slight bit brighter than a regular, unedited phone photo. I don’t tend to use the filters as these can look a bit OTT at times, but adjusting the brightness and contrast can make a heap of difference to a shot from a grey, dull day.
There are SO many great mobile editing apps out there but my favourites that have stuck are as follows:
Filmborn (emulates traditional film)
So… Get out there and do it! You don’t even have to make extra time for it.. I like to snap as we walk to school or just whenever they are doing their thing.
I hope you’ve found these tips useful and you have fun putting them into practise! And of course, if you do want professional photos of your family (or if you want some to actually feature yourself instead of being behind the camera all the time!) then you know where to find me 🙂
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(the photos in this piece are all personal photos of my family taken by me ‘off duty’, and all on either my phone or my small camera)