How to Get Real, Genuine Smiles From Your Kids
How many times do you find yourself trying to take a photo of your children and well let’s be honest, not really achieving what you wanted? They quite often run off, hide, groan with ‘not another’ or grimace until you finally give up and move on.
Kids are completely unpredictable. They can be so adorable and easy going and laughing uncontrollably one minute, and the next minute, turn that charm off completely. They will typically smile for you all day long until you put them in front of a camera, then they freeze up like a deer in headlights.
Here are my top tips to great pictures from your children
Who’s feeling awkward? Are you guilty of shouting directions? “Stand there”, “Put your arm round your sister”, “Stand still”. It’s a one-way street to awkward poses and moans and groans from the children. To get the very best from them, let them know you are going to take a few photographs in advance and that it means a lot to you. Get them involved, ask them where they think a good picture would be. Let them lead a little – you never know, you might find you have another budding photographer in the family.
Engage in play – This is probably the most successful tip when photographing children, particularly the younger ones. Let them play, become involved in an activity and then photograph them. These are often the most natural shots as they don’t really know they are being photographed. Being engaged in play are my favourite captures.
Get on their level - see life through their eyes, from their perspective. Crouching down or laying on the floor always brings a really unique feel to an image.
The great outdoors - children are naturally more at ease outside. Overcast days are perfect for outside photography especially for people.
Children of all ages are fast! - This means you need to make sure you have a high shutter speed. Otherwise you will find your images are blurred. Before you take your shot quickly scan the background for distractions (i.e. tress, cars, other people, lamp posts etc)
Practice - the more you take, the easier it will be become.
Make the time - remember to photograph the everyday too, the little things you do such as baking a cake, a playdate at the local park. Children don't need to be perfectly dressed or looking at the camera to make a great photograph.