Tips for Photographing Kids

Tips for Photographing Kids How to take great photos of your children.

It’s Spring break! You know what that means? Your kids are home and around you more. Whether that be a family vacation, or exploring Austin, chances are you are taking more pictures of them. Thus, I put these tips for photographing kids together to help you get the most out of this time. Because, let’s be honest, can you ever have enough pictures of your kids?

Tips and Tricks

  1. First, try and stay away from asking your kids to pose. Instead, be around to capture the emotions they display in a moment. If you’re patient enough and simply enjoy the time with your children, you’ll find it much easier to capture their true personalities. Just let them play and have fun!
  2. Next, get down to their level. If you’re photographing very small children try and get down to their level to photograph them. This angle gives you a more interesting background too.
  3. Have a conversation with them. Having a conversation with your child about their favorite superhero or their best friend at school will make for lovely facial expressions. You could even have them sing along to their favorite songs for extra fun photos.
  4. Your smartphone is the perfect tool for capturing candid moments. Your children are probably very used to seeing you with your smartphone so won’t think anything of you keeping it close by. Have it ready when you’re out and about with them. You never know when they might give you the perfect shot.
  5. Use unique locations to your advantage. If you have planned a walk in the woods or a day at the beach, take advantage of your unique surroundings to capture some great pictures.
  6. Finally, avoid midday sunlight. Lighting makes a big difference in photos so aim for early morning or evening light for outdoor shots and open windows and doors for indoor shots. Always have the sun at their backs for outside. If you’re taking pictures inside, you want them facing the light.
Girl playing on the beach in Hawaii tips for photographing kids
Playing, what kids do best!
Dad swinging daughter on the beach in Hawaii

On the beach:

For example, here are some images that show letting kids play and have fun are seen here on the beach in Kauai, Hawaii at the Grand Hyatt Resort. If you would like to hire a professional to document your family experiences on vacation, let’s chat.

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