You guys! I am beyond excited to start this new blog series!! This is Issue no. 1 of a long awaited series of tips and tricks for photographing your kids!! I’ve taught several classes on this and decided it was just selfish to not share it all in a more accessible way. So, with that being said this is something that I want to keep up with and if you have any questions PLEASE ask!!!!
With amazing cameras at our fingertips these days, photography is something we all find ourselves engrossed in daily. Whether you have a DSLR or a phone camera there is just so much to know!
My no. 1 tip for photographing kids is to be a fly on the wall. I die inside a little everytime I go somewhere and see a cute mom or grandma holding their phone looking at their kids … waiting … just waiting. “Ok, sit still. Look at me!! Over here! Guys!” I mean, I get it. You want the perfect picture. We all want everyone looking at the camera. BUT… if your kids are under the age of 10 the chances of this happening are slim to none. So with that being said:
Keep clicking. Be ready for that split second when everyone glances at the camera. Scientifically, if you have 100 photos to choose from your odds of having one that you’ll like are WAAYYY more than if you only have 3.
Admittedly, some kids are more comfortable and more cooperative in front of the camera. But I don’t think that there was any photographer ever that told a 6 month old to look at the camera and got the perfect shot in one try.
Embrace the chaos. The more photos I take the more I find that the ones I’m drawn to the most are the ones that are imperfect. I don’t know about you, but my life is in NO way perfect. It’s a hot mess. But it’s a beautiful mess and I love it. I love the stages my kids are at and I’m going to be so sad when it’s passed. The sassy little looks on their faces and the insane LEGO tunnel vision.
When Jace was 4 he was OBSESSED with trains. Like to the point that I was worried. It took me a while, but I finally decided to just embrace it and we did this awesome shoot for his birthday photos. I couldn’t get him to look at me to save my life. But this is hands down one of my all time favorite pictures EVER! He is in his element 100%.
Let them play. This is my favorite tip. Just follow them. Let them dance, let them run. This is the best way to get a natural, casual expression that you want. Stressed out and crying kiddos never make for good pictures.
The bottom line is this: parenting is all about accepting imperfection. I worked at a successful east coast photography studio for years. I LOVED it! It was an invaluable experience that I am so deeply grateful for. The style, however, was vastly different. The photos were carefully posed and manicured. Beautiful, and incredibly posed. If that is what you are looking for, then these tips may not be your cup of tea. But look at that joy right up there! That’s what I want. Those are the pictures I want on my wall. And the pictures my clients come for. I promise you that the more YOU relax behind the camera, the more your kiddos will relax in front of it! Happy Clicking friends!