1. Get them looking natural not “posed”
If you’re trying to put them in the perfect position, get them looking at the camera, smiling and staying in the same spot you might just be setting yourself up for a power struggle. Instead, just get them in the general area you’d like to use as a background and prompt them. You can say things like “have a tickle fight with your sister”, “play airplanes, who’s plane can fly the highest.” By giving them things to do you will keep them busy all while capturing some super cute moments.
2. Types of clothes that work best
I am a firm believer in the sense that outfit choices can make a massive impact in photos. Dramatic me coming out right now and I am saying they can absolutely make our break your photos! I actually have a blog post on coordinating outfits if you want to check that out later; HERE. The same principles can apply with choosing outfits for your kiddos. Soft light neutral colors create a simple almost serene clean vibe, while bright colorful clothing can make things a bit more bold. The choice is of course up to you but thinking ahead can give you the upper hand depending on the type of style your looking for.
3. Choose a simple background
Now, not everyone has the ability to create a home studio or stage a backdrop but you can be a bit picky and creative when it comes to where you’re trying to take better photos of your kids. By choosing a simple background your kids will be the main focus! A busy cluttered and distracting backdrop tends to take away from the moment and can even steal the show!
4. Find good light
Not only can you be on the lookout for a nice clean background, but you also should keep good lighting in mind! Well lit spaces will always produce better images! If your indoors think about using natural light, spots near big open windows or doors is the perfect place! Outdoors you have a bit more give here but there are some basic lighting principles you can follow like not putting them in direct harsh sunlight and backlighting!
5. Focus on the eye
May be cheesy to say, but the eyes really are the window to the soul. By focusing on the eyes when trying to take better pictures of your kids can almost guarantee they will be in focus in the actual image and your eyes will be drawn to the most important part when looking at the photo!
6. Get down on their level
This is a good one because what better way to capture their moment then by getting right down to their height. By doing so you are catching a glimpse at life in their eyes and makes for a more personal photo.
7. Show your face
Sometimes for kids a camera all in their face can be a bit intimating, especially if they aren’t used to it! By bringing your face up above the camera or phone and showing yourself can make them feel so much more comfortable. You can make them laugh and smile just by flashing yours to them!
8. Take lots of shots
Taking multiple pictures in a row can give you a way better chance of capturing the perfect shot! The beauty of digital photography is this is okay! Use it to your advantage. Back before digital cameras and cameras built into our phones was even a thing a lot of times you had one shot! Not the case anymore. Take as many as you need to and just filter through them when you’re finished.
9. Don’t give up
Even if things aren’t working how you imagined or the kids are just not into it don’t give up. You can always come back later on or another day and try again! Your not expected to be a professional! Learning light, location and just capturing certain poses and shots while managing your kids takes some time and effort.
10. Have fun
Most importantly HAVE FUN WITH IT. Be silly, laugh and be in the moment while capturing the moment is soooo important! Enjoy this time with your kiddos and be proud of yourself for giving them one of the greatest gifts, a way to look back on their lives! I am sure we can all agree we all love reminiscing on the good ol’ days. Your kids will thank you for this later, I promise. Regardless of how Pinterest or Instagram worthy they turn out, they are important and mean so much!