We all have been there…..you are taking pictures of your children and you are stuck on what you want them to do – not to mention trying to get them to cooperate with them taking pictures. Sometimes it is hard to get good pictures because you are not sure what to do. I got you covered. Below I am going to tell you more information on how to quickly take pictures and get some amazing photos of your little ones!!
I love when I get to photograph children because I get to get work with different children and capture each one’s personality. In addition, I get to get creative with posing! Children will even give you their own poses if you ask them what they want to do. Posing does not have to be hard and complicated. You can capture a variety of images in no time at all.
In this collage of pictures, I got 6 beautiful, fun, and creative images of this sweet boy in less than a minute.
He was standing in one spot the whole time. I started off with him standing and got him to put his hands in his pockets. I took a full length picture, then I walked closer to the subject and got a cropped in picture of about 3/4 (you still see his hands in his pocket), and then an up-close face shot. I got 3 images right there! Then I got him to turn his body and look back over his shoulder at me. Next, I got him to cross his arms and I snapped another picture. Last, he was silly and I told him to stretch out his arms. I got a total of 6 pictures in less than one minute. It really is that easy!
The problem is when a child is standing there and you are trying to get the perfect smiles, but then you miss out on all these opportunities of fun and playful shots. I have found if you keep the child moving and interacting with them and move fast, they enjoy it and they tend to give you the best smiles ever.
12 Tips for getting a variety of images:
- Have fun and interact with the child.
- Ask them questions like what is your favorite color, toy, tv show?
- Ask them how old they are and if they tell you they are 5, say “no way, I thought you were 10 and see them giggle!”
- Ask the child what pose do you want to do?
- Walk around the child and get different angles. Don’t stay in one spot.
- Take pictures from above the child and eye level.
- Take full length pictures
- Walk closer to the subject and get a 3/4 body
- Turn your camera horizontal and take upclose pictures
- Have the child put their hands in their pocket or on their hips.
- Cross their arms
- Have children look back over their shoulder at you.
Most importantly, just have fun with the photoshoot!! Bring bubbles and interact with them. Get them talking about what they like and what is their favorite things. You can have a session with your done in a matter of minutes without all the fuss! Just enjoy these memories and have fun creating them!