You want great photos of your kids, but you don’t necessarily want to pay the great prices that go with a professional photographer. So you dress the kids up and head out to do your own photo shoot only to find that getting great shots isn’t as easy as it appears. Those little guys won’t get still, one’s eating the grass, and another is screaming her head off. How do photographers do it?
Find the Light
One of the basics of getting great shots is having good lighting. This is especially true for the kiddos because they move so fast. You see, your shutter speed is faster with brighter lighting and can better catch those picture perfect moments before your babies are off on another adventure. A brightly lit room is fine as is a lovely shady spot on the river bank. Avoid direct sunlight, however. Sure, it’s great light, but it’s also hot, uncomfortable, and causes squinty eyes.
Don’t Take Them Away from the Fun
One surefire way to make sure you get a horrible photo is to take your kids from doing something fun and awesome and making them pose for a photo. Rather, meet them where they are while they’re enjoying themselves. Ask if they’re having a blast and when those sweet grins come your way, seize the moment!
Don’t Look for Perfection
Instead of going through tons of online websites for the perfect poses, capture the natural poses that your kids come up with. Often, these are the best shots you’ll get. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t try to stage some of your shots. It just means that if those shots don’t come out just the way you had envisioned, take a fresh look at what you did get, and appreciate it. Your kids may have just done something even better than your favorite pose!
Show Them How They Look
There’s no better way to get your kids hamming it up than to show them what they look like on the digital screen. So share, make it fun, and watch the magic happen!