If you have kids, you know that taking photos of them is not easy. It takes special skills and a lot of patience. This is why I have and always will hire someone else to teach and photograph my son. Children just listen better to other people. True statement.
After 15 years in the family portrait business, I want to pass on 7 tips for taking photos of kids.
- Choose the right time: Kids tend to be happiest and most cooperative when they are well-rested and well-fed. This is typically in the morning or right after naps. Plan the photo session for a time when they are at their best, and avoid scheduling it during nap time or mealtime.
- Keep it fun: Kids can easily get bored and restless during a photo session, so make sure to keep things fun and light-hearted. Incorporate games, toys, and props into the session to keep them entertained and engaged. I typically have parents bring their favorite thing and we play a lot of fun, short games.
- Be patient: Kids can be unpredictable, so be patient and flexible during the photo session. Allow them time to warm up to the camera and don’t be afraid to take breaks if needed.
- Use natural light: Natural light is usually the best option for kid’s photos as it is soft and flattering. Avoid using harsh, direct sunlight or artificial lighting as it can create unflattering shadows and make kids squint. This is why the studio is not the best option. And sunrise or sunset are the best times of day for sessions. Never noon.
- Get down to their level: To capture the best shots, it’s important to get down to the child’s level. This helps to create a more intimate and personal feel to the photo and also makes it easier to engage with the child.
- Capture their personality: The best kid’s photos are those that capture their unique personality and character. Encourage them to be themselves and let their natural energy and enthusiasm shine through in the photos. Let your kid be your kid. Don’t try to force them to be just like everyone else.
- Be prepared: Make sure you have all the necessary equipment and props ready before the photo session. This includes spare batteries, memory cards, and any necessary accessories. I try to have the whole scene set up before the parents arrive. If the child likes it – cool. But most of the time, I go with whatever the child is into. You can’t force kids into liking things. You have to follow their lead. Even if that isn’t what you want. You can however, try another day.
Kids are very difficult to take photos of. It takes a lot of practice. Especially of your own kids.
If you have a hard time, try again a different day. Or have a friend help. Two hands are always better than just one.
And if all else fails, call in a professional. They will have ideas that you probably haven’t thought of. And you can work together to achieve your overall goal.
Are you looking for a child photographer? You have come to the right place? Drop me a line and let’s talk. Or call me! 832-573-3731. I would love to capture your family in a unique way.