Three Top Tips For Getting The Perfect Photos Of Kids

Being able to get great shots of children is most photographers’ dream, but they are notoriously difficult to orchestrate.

Photography is largely about being in the right place and the right time…and with the right camera, but there are some tips and tricks to getting some excellent snaps.

Plan around their schedule

Timing is one of the most important aspects of photography and, unless you want photographs of grumpy children, you have to plan around the kids’ schedules as opposed to your own. No one wants to be photographed when they’re tired or in a bad mood and even the happiest of children are no exception to that.

On this, we spoke to Filming With Kids, the UK’s leading baby wranglers, who said: “When photographing children, their happiness absolutely has to be the main priority. Making sure that they’re well-rested, have been fed, and are comfortable will help you well along your way to getting some great pictures.

“In fact, the best time to photograph children is usually just after they’ve had a nap and a little bit of something to eat – keeping the child happy and in their comfort zone should coax the desired reaction for the camera out of them.”

Get down to their level

This tip is especially important when photographing younger children, but it’s useful for capturing perfect photos of all children. Getting down to the child’s level gives your camera a great perspective to get some truly charming shots.

An effective way of doing this is to lie the child on their tummy and you follow suit, giving you a great angle to capture their facial expressions. Similarly, seeing you down on the ground might even make your subjects smile and giggle so the cheesy grins may come naturally.

For some pointers on how to encourage kids to pose for the camera, check out this really useful post.

Be prepared to play and be silly

It’s no secret that when you’re taking pictures of children they basically run the session and there’s no point in trying to make them do anything that they don’t want to do. But children love to play. It’s when they’re usually at their happiest, so if you want to capture joyful expressions, you have to be prepared to embrace your inner child and play along with them.

Peek-a-boo is a classic game which works well with a large camera, but it is best used to engage younger children. Use the time that you’re hiding your face behind your camera to get the focus right then, when you poke your head out and say “peek-a-boo!”, start snapping away.

A lot of adults are afraid to lose their inhibitions and be goofy, but playing along with children when you’re photographing them really is one of the best ways to get the best out of them on camera.

If you’re lacking inspiration for some games you can play with kids, check out this website which has a plethora of games and activities which your subjects will surely love.

Jennifer Shackelford
 

Hi, I’m Jennifer, the founder and editor of TheMamaNeeds.com. On The Mama Needs, I write about experience with pregnancy, raising kids, and nutrition for both kids and expectant moms.. I love that blogging brings parents together and lets our readers know they’re not the only ones going through these experiences. I love seeing comments on my posts that say “I thought it was just me! I’m so glad it’s not!” Being a parent is hard, but friends and blogs really help.

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