We all want to get better photos of our kids, right? Every day is another day older. They will never again be the exact age that they are today. You’ve gotta document it! Believe me, I know!
But kids are hard to photograph. This is an understatement. My daughter may or may not have written the book on this. So here are a few tips from Chelse on how to take better photos of your kids:
1. Food is a great distraction. I’m thinking Cheerios. Puffs. Anything small that they can sit and munch on and then you can get them to smile at you. (Note from Jessy: my daughter was super excited to munch on the piece ice cream cone that my husband grabbed as we rushed out of our house).
2. Beware of the light. While light is an important part of photography in general, kids have a really hard time looking into very bright light. They will never look at you if they have to look into the sun. Be intentional about where you place them.
3. Here at the studio we are typically singing. Itsy-bitsy spider, if you’re happy and you know it, there was a farmer… It keeps them happy and they forget they are getting their picture taken!
4. Try and get to the level that they are at. While different views can create different effects, getting down on their level and photographing your kids will show them a bit more in proportion and you can usually interact with them a bit more. Which brings me to the final point:
5. Don’t tell them to smile. I know this sounds counterproductive, but bear with me. This may seem innocent enough at first, but after a while when they get sick of smiling and are over it, they’ll just put on a fake smile. Nobody wants a fake smile. So interact with them and make them laugh. Then you’ll get a genuine, organic smile and maybe a few shots that show your kid’s unique personality.