Monday, 13 July 2015

8 tips for photographing kids (Guest post by Robyn De beer @ Mrs D plus 3)

I am excited to hand you over to my Mummy Blogging friend; Robyn from Mrs D plus 3. A fellow Northern Beaches Mumma and superstar on the camera; here are her tips for photographing kids...

I’m not a professional photographer but I do LOVE taking photos and I have had a whole heap of practice with my own three kids.

Over the years I have learnt a few simple techniques that really help to get that perfect shot.

When it comes to photographing kids, patience really is the key.  If you try to force them into a pose, it will never work.  They’ll either refuse to do, or they’ll get cranky and upset.  Unfortunately a child’s eyes never lie either, so even if you do manage to get a smile out of them, if they’re not happy about it, their eyes will show it.   

2.  MOVE
So many times I’ve seen parents give their kids instruction on where to stand and where to look.  Kids are so temperamental and very rarely do what they’re asked.  If you want them to be in a certain position for a photograph, then YOU have to move around them until you get it.

Clutter free backgrounds always make the best photos.  Unless you’re a Photoshop expert and can remove the clutter, it can totally ruin your shot.  If you are somewhere where there are a people in the background, just wait for them to move or move yourself to get an angle where the background is clear.  If you can’t avoid a busy background try to make sure that your subject is going to stand out.

Don’t always shoot straight on.  Try getting down on their level, or shooting up or down.  It can give an ordinary photo a much more ‘wow’ look.

Natural light is the best kind of light to photograph in.  Just make sure that your child is not facing directly into the sun.  It will make them squint and believe me they will complain about it.  A little trick I do is to make them turn around in a circle slowly and stop when the light is not hurting their eyes.  That will be your perfect angle and prefect light.

The very best time of the day to shoot is the golden hour of light, which is early in the morning and late afternoon (about an hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset).

6.  EYES
In my opinion if you can make a child’s eyes ‘pop’ in a photo, it will always be a good one.  When you’re selecting your focus, always try to focus on the child’s eyes. 

Don’t always place your subject in the middle of the frame.  Divide the frame into three and have the subject in one of those thirds.  It makes the photo far more eye catching and interesting.

Don’t let photo taking ever become stressful when there are kids involved.  Have fun with it and even embrace the mess.

Robyn De beer is a thirty something, British, stay-at home-mum of three, living on Sydney's beautiful Northern Beaches. She couldn't live without her Thermomix (sad but true) and she never leaves the house without her camera. She loves rainbows and drinks way too much tea. Check out her blog; Mrs D plus 3 for some honest & amusing stories about motherhood, Thermomixing, photography, surviving the school run, camping with kids and just about everything in-between.
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