I was recently asked, on one of the mom’s groups, an advice on how to take some candid photos of children by yourself. It made me realized that most parents don’t know the first thing about how to take a decent photo of their children. So I decide to write a blog with few tips to help you take better photos of your kids.
The most important number one of taking any photo is to make sure you have good light. Make sure the room you are using has good window light and turn off the overhead lights AND your flash.
Be a little goofy – sing silly songs or tell ridiculous jokes. Better yet, ask your kid to tell you a joke – I don’t think any child can tell a joke without laughing themselves silly in the process.
Ask your child NOT to smile, then say “uh oh, I think you’re starting to smile. Don’t do it…don’t do it!” Keep going until they crack up.
Watch out for nostrils, doesn’t look attractive to see them in photos, so try and shoot down the nose.
Make sure you take photos continuously throughout your 10 or 15 minute mini shoot, even if the child is being silly, goofing off, or glaring at you. Take lots and lots of photos. Kids’ expressions change quickly, and if you wait for a good smile, chances are by the time you snap the shutter you’ll have missed it.
Hope you find this helpful and have fun shooting and remember since you are shooting at home, you can always reshoot if it didn’t come out the way you wanted it;)
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