An Ideal Time to Learn how to Take Better Photos of Your Children

Wow, Monday is with us once more.  Just where does the time go.

I have had a rather hectic week and possibly may have a few more at this rate but won't bore you with the details. 

Let's get down to another Photography Monday.

I thought as it is the School holidays once more it may help to give you just a few tips of taking photos of your offspring :)

Yes, you can ....... stay on auto this week 😊 probably best as with the children at home there's never much time to do anything other than keep them amused is there. 

Grab your camera or phone

And be sure to find time to take those all important memories.

  • Firstly - get down to your children's level to take photos.  See the difference it makes?
  • Turn flash off
  • Use the natural light as we talked about in previous Mondays
  • Inside?  Use window light and if they're using an iPad as so many do, see how that lights up their face 😉
  • Outside?  Move around your subject don't wait for them to move. Find the best possible light.  If they're in the shade that's great.  If not try and shoot into the sun for some amazing images. 
    Shooting into the sun
  • Most cameras have a focus point you can move around.  Always try and focus on their face or eyes if you can.  It is what makes a portrait sing!
    Camera at the ready - I was just waiting for this moment
  • Even the iPhone has a focus point.  Use your finger on the screen to focus where you need it. (more tips on iPhone use here)
  • Or, of course, if you are using facial awareness your camera will find the face for you.  Although this isn't as accurate.
This is a great time for you to practice.  And a great time for you to get some fab photos of your kids.

No need for eye contact with the camera

Sometimes capturing the moment is more magical than capturing the pose :)
Family Beach shoot and a lovely moment captured of Dad and daughter

Photograph life the way you live it

Let the children play (I think that's a song) and snap away.  
I am presuming you have digital cameras and if so it really doesn't matter if you get it wrong first time, just keep pressing the button and you'll be thrilled with some of those images.

And forgive me for being presumptuous!  Some of you who are following Photography Mondays may not have children.   But most of the above still applies to adults too.
Photo using window light and a black and white conversion
Have a great week.  

And as always I leave you with a quote :) 

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”

— Aaron Siskind

Thank you for dropping by ...... see you next week.