Friday, January 25, 2013

easy tips for photographing little kids

Even though I dabble in photography, it's not my profession.
Photography is a hobby & a passion & I  have always considered myself an average photographer with a decent camera, a good eye... and luck on my side.

Then last year I invested in my very first DSLR.  A Canon Rebel T3.  
At that point, friends & family started asking me to take their photos... then before I knew it, strangers and old acquaintances started asking too!

Today, I'm here with a few tips on photographing children.  No fancy-schmancy tutorial or photog-lingo filled step-by-step instructions. Instead, just a simple reminder of what you can do to take amazing pictures of these adorable little people!

1.  Get Down To Their Level

Be sweet about it, of course... but get up close & personal with these little people and you are guaranteed some wonderful shots!

2.  Shoot From Different Angles

Kids are moving. ALWAYS... so move with them.  They do not have to be photographed straight on!
Another cute angle is from above (which contradicts my first tip... oops).
The shot above was taken with me scrunched in real close to the fence... I love it!

3.  Be Silly

The photo above is one of my favorites so far.
How did I get it?  I was playing peek-a-boo!  She had a hoot!
(again, shot from a ''different'' angle! I'm on the floor, and she's peaking up from a highback chair!)

4.  Don't Say Cheese

Sure, those big toothy/gummy grins are adorable... but it's nice to see their serious side too!  Just keep shooting and you'll end up with some amazing shots that make you go ''I wonder what she was thinking just then?''

5.  Use Props

Kids love to grab onto things... and it works well in a photoshoot!  The trick is to keep them from putting their prop in their mouth... but, hey!  It works sometimes!

See?  I told you they were simple tricks!!