Most parents love to take photos of their children, but it can be difficult to get that perfect shot when your little model won’t cooperate. Often times when you try to direct children to pose, they tend to show twisted positions and awkward expressions. It’s a good idea to try a more fun and natural approach, and help your kids feel comfortable and enjoy themselves in front of the camera. Check out the adorable photo collections below captured by talented children photographers, and our top 3 tips for taking photos of your little ones.
Credit (from top left): Southern Charm Photography / Southern Charm Photography / Kane and Social / Kamieo Photography / Emma Wood Photography / Whitney Summer
Tip # 1: Interact with them
Get down to their level and make them feel at home. A big looming adult with a camera hiding their face can be frightening to the kids. Get down on your knees or crouch down to their height to show your friendliness. Ask them to imagine or think about something in particular – how high can they jump? what does the room look like when you are upside down? Let the kids get involved and maybe give them a digial children’s camera to take some photos of you too.
Credit (from top left): Emma Wood Photography / Kane and Social / Britney Smith / Pam Cooley
Tip # 2: Follow their lead
Let the kids roam and explore their surroundings instead of forcing them into a specific position. It’s really all about the natural smiles, curiosity, and joy. Respect their self-confidence and don’t force them if they are feeling vulnerable, shy, or upset. Don’t just give them orders to follow, give them space and time to lead and get creative. Keep in mind that the photoshoot should be a fun experience for the kids.
Credit (from top left): Bellini Portraits / Southern Charm Photography / Dalton Ln. Photography / Baby Axioo / Baby Axioo / Rolinda Wind Horst / Emma Wood Photography
Tip # 3: Be smart with your camera
Every moment with children is an opportunity to take a great shot. Don’t put your camera down and act quickly to capture their natural expressions. Keep watching and keep shooting. Set your camera to a faster shutter speed and use high ISO for freezing high speed if needed. There are times when you need to be “sneaky” and don’t let the child know that you are taking photos. Observe and capture moments where they are completely engaged in an activity.
Credit (from top left): The Berry / The Blooming Heart / Kane and Social / Mamas and Papas / Munchkins and Mohawks / Nina-Beilby