Meagan Baker of Meagan Baker Photography, child and family photographer from Vancouver, shares her tips for taking better photographs of your children.
Five Tips to Better Child Photographs – by Meagan Baker Photography
1. Get down to their level. Kneel or lay down if needed. Kids are little, and it’s much better to capture images from their own perspective.
2. Keep them moving. It’s not easy to ask kids to sit still for a photo (especially the younger ones). Photograph them doing something they love, or give them a special assignment to add movement and interest. For example – ask them to run towards you, jump off a log, sing their favourite song, or blow bubbles . . .
3. The closer the better. I love a great close up. Instead of always stepping back and getting their full body, move up close and capture their face or other details. Close ups showcase all of their sweet features, and capture a more dramatic image.
4. Avoid asking them to say cheese. If you can’t crack a smile, ask them to say something like “hi” or yell “yeah” instead of “cheese”. It’s more fun for kids and also doesn’t look as forced. Another great tip is to ask them to laugh out loud. They usually end up acting silly, and then laughing naturally at themselves for doing so.
5. Take a look around. Sometimes we get focused on trying to capture that perfect smile we forget to look at our surroundings. Make sure there isn’t anything poking out of your child’s head in the background (like a tree or branch).
And finally . . . get outdoors and take advantage of natural light opposed to flash, you’ll be glad you did. Happy clicking! I hope these tips help you improve the many photos you take of your kiddos.
About Meagan Baker Photography
AT WORK: I’m a natural light child and family photographer in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. I have a passion for capturing candid, lifestyle moments of kids and their loved ones. My style is simple, natural photos.
AT HOME: I’m a wife, and mom of the best little three-year-old. I love my family, they make me smile and laugh everyday.
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