10 Tips for Photographing Littles
Every parent want a documentation of their little one’s lives. Here are a few tips. Follow along click by click.
TIP 1: RECORD IT
When my children are grown up, I want them to be able to look back at the photos I took and remember; their favorite stuffed animal, the shirt they insisted on wearing everyday for a week, the proud look they have after figuring something out. It’s their history and ours as a family, and I want to record as much of it as I can.
TIP 2 PLAY ALONG AND GET IN THE PHOTO
It always helps to play a long and be silly with my kids. If they’re rolling around in the grass, I'll roll around too. This not only helps me photograph my little ones in a more authentic way, but it keeps me present and living fully with my children which comes first, always. They also love it when they see adults acting totally silly and not so serious. Don't wait till your hair is perfect or you loose 5 more pounds. Rather get in the photo and have fun.
TIP 3: GET LOW Get FAST
Shooting at a child’s eye level will allow your photo to be framed at their perspective This angle helps to portray that sense of wonder they have about the world. If shooting with a DSLR camera, use shutter speed of at least 1/125 second to capture kids in focus, no matter what they are doing.
TIP 4: CONSIDER YOUR POSITION
To eliminate distractions within the frame, sometimes it's as simple as panning a few degrees to the right or the left to crop out a group of people. Other times I need to move to a new position so that the lighting is on the right side, or the backdrop is less busy. And sometimes, I just get up and move some things out of the way quick.
TIP 5: GIVE THEM SPACE
What works best for me is to give my kids their space. I won't give them an exact spot to be, but rather point them to a general area. That way, they can choose to move however they want and do what feels natural to them. My aim is to simply let them enjoy the experience as I try to weave my way around it.
TIP 6: FORGET ABOUT YOUR FEED/WALL
Spend less time planning your next Facebook or Instagram post and instead just capture events as they happen in real time. If it works out that the composition is right and the lighting is good, I'll post it otherwise I'll keep it on file for printing later. Either way, I have the moment as a record.
TIP 7: BE SELECTIVE
When it comes to choosing which photos to keep, I try to save only the ones that really move me. Ask yourself “does this photo bring me great joy?”. Relax your kids are well documented and you will still have plenty of photos.
TIP 8: STAY IN THE MOMENT
I was guilty of shooting too many photos. Nowadays, I try to anticipate moments that will photograph well, snap a few photos, and move on. There's no point in taking a photo to remember a moment that you missed because you were too busy taking the photo! Sometimes a moment is just too special to interrupt.
TIP 9: TEACH THEM
Invite them to be part of that fun and let them see what inspires you, a beautiful scenery, great lighting etc. When you get a great shot, call your kids over to take a look. They’ll learn something from you. They’ll take a bit of ownership for being part of that photo that brings you joy. My kiddos will show me a great scene when we are out and occasionally even suggest taking a photo in that moment. I know this might make people nervous but in a save environment (neck strap around neck or resting a camera on a table hand them the camera for a bit and let them try it out.
TIP 10: PRINT BOOKS
When I’m deciding between a few photos of the same scene or moment to keep, I often consider, “which one of these am I going to print?” Printing photo books for our family also helps to keep my photo-life organized. When my second child was born, I printed a book for my oldest from his first year of life – he cherishes this book and loves having something of his own.