How to Take Great Photos of Your Children
Photography is considered a learned skill for a reason. Getting the lighting and angle right on an inanimate object is difficult enough. If your four-year-old is trying to get your attention, it can seem downright impossible. One of the best ways to get that perfect picture is to adjust your method of operation.
Know Your Child’s Colors
Just about any picture can be made perfect if you know your child’s coloring. Winter is dramatic cool colors and Autumn is dramatic warm colors. Spring is lighter warm tones, and Summer is lighter cool tones. Instinctively, most kids (even toddlers) know which colors they look best in and pick these out when shopping.
Make Playing Part of the Setting
Chances are, you won’t find the perfect picture when your children are posed and sitting still and wearing frozen smiles. This is something which many adults cannot master. Instead, take your children outside, get a brightly color blanket, and let them play their favorite game. Walk around them until you find the best lighting on their faces, then squat and move back and forth. This will give you the best range of pictures in a natural pose with a natural smile, doing what they love.
It’s a Numbers Game
Maybe the day started out sunny and it got cloudy halfway through the shoot. The more you take their pictures, the more you will get a feel for the best lighting for each of them, the best angle, and the most authentic smiles.
In addition to getting a feel for how each child looks best, remember to take a hundred pictures of each child in each photo shoot. By giving yourself many options, you can find a gem which you may have otherwise missed with fewer photos, as well as capturing better and better moments every time you practice your photography skills. With each new shoot, your skill and lightning-fast reaction time will improve.
Every Teen Looks Back with Nostalgia
One of the best ways in which you can build future memories is to take “messy” photos of all of your kids. Take photos of them playing in the mud, with cake on their face, getting into the cake batter, and getting soiled helping with car repair. Teenagers look back on their childhood with nostalgia and these “messy” pictures will give them something real and authentic to be nostalgic over.
While school pictures and holidays may go up on the mantel or living room shelf and into photo albums, keep the “messy” pictures for your child when they are older and want a small album of their memories as a kid. This is a special way to connect with your teen in between fights, groundings, and sneaking out.
A Photo Shoot after Every Haircut
Make sure that you are catching your children with each new hairstyle and in their most groomed state by doing a photo shoot within a day after every haircut. This way, you can keep track of which hairstyle looks best on each growing kid and also give your child a variety of pictures to choose from when they leave home.
Remember to try your child’s hair in different formats, with and without a baseball cap, in ponytails and in mini updos, and with and without bangs. This gives you a strong portfolio from which to choose when your child becomes your teen and needs guidance on which hairstyles look best on them.
Always Take Photos of Your Kids Among Friends and Family
Children are at their most relaxed when they are with old playmates and very familiar faces. Keep the smiles and laughter and playing going strong throughout the entire photo shoot by planting your kids among their friends or among their siblings while you are taking pictures. Laughing at a silly friend or handing a block to a little brother can give you the perfect photo opportunity.
Taking great photos of your children can almost seem like a hit-or-miss event. However, by setting a relaxing scene, getting the colors right, and doing it all outside, you can keep both parent and child happy while magic is being made.