We all want great photos of our children to remind us of the times when they were younger, but often our photos don’t come out quite as we planned. This is the first in a series of articles aimed at helping you get better children’s photography. It is for everyone with a camera and kids!
Create a fun time.
Firstly, you know your children. Get the camera out when they are in a good mood, not when they’re tired or hungry. It helps if you are in the right frame of mind too!
The photos that you’ll probably like best are those taken when the children are engaged in an activity, and being themselves, rather than standing stiffly in front of a favourite scene. Is the photo of the children, or the scene? Getting a good image of both is twice as hard! Instead, just concentrate on getting a good photo of the most important thing in the picture – your child.
Very young children especially will become bored after a few minutes, so have your camera all ready to go beforehand, and be patient. Have a break, let them wander off, give them your full attention while you take pictures and be ready with more toys.
With older children you can play in the garden, have some fun yourself, and be ready as the moments come. Directing the children and requesting smiles usually results in a grimace, forced grin or hammed-up face. It also helps if the children are used to the camera. If you use it regularly, after a while they won’t see it as special and so won’t keep pulling those faces.
What to look for through the viewfinder.
Try to look at the whole of the viewfinder area and think of the whole picture, before you press the button. You’ll probably want the children filling a large part of the picture, not just a small part of it. You can either move in closer yourself or use the zoom on your camera if it has one.
I hope some of this helps improve your children’s photography – there’s more in – Better children’s photography part 2