how to capture better photos…
You might visit a professional photo studio a handful of times, especially at big milestones or celebrations, but what about the rest of the time?
This feature is about how your approach, attitude and philosophy to photographing your own children could help you capture better photos of them on a day to day basis.
Forget the photograph that’s beautifully composed and artfully lit but sadly lacking in character… style over content rarely impresses. Every child will have a series of “looks” that maybe only you as parents will recognise.
There are around 43 muscles in the face, each one capable of contracting or expanding by minute amounts in almost infinite combination, giving us a mind boggling array of unique expressions.
We use our expressions to communicate with others in every way. So now we understand what really makes a meaningful children’s portrait,
that is character and expression not technical perfection, how do we actually go about capturing these naturally expressive
Here are the 5 basic rules tohelp you achieve better results when photographing your own little people:
1. Tired, poorly or hungry kids will not play ball.
The last thing you want when you’re feeling tired or under the weather is to have someone taking photos of you. Equally, fed children are normally happy children…
2. Stop asking them to perform.
Ask a child to smile or worst still “say cheese” and that is exactly what you’ll get. The smile is one of the first expressions a baby will learn. This awkward and insincere switch on smile isn’t really what you’re aiming to capture here.
3. Engage with them.
If you want gorgeous natural grins and belly laughter then you need to earn it. Create situations that induce spontaneous laughter or smiles.
4. Mood and emotions are contagious.
If you’re happy and relaxed then there’s a fair chance your child will be too. This is particularly true with children because they look to parents for emotional cues.
5. Observe quietly.
Very often the most natural and powerful images are the ones where the child has almost forgotten you exist and is happily distracted by a toy, sibling or parent. It’s a bit of a contradiction but they’re kind of planned candid shots. Blending into the background can be a wonderful way of capturing natural portraits of your children.
There are a 101 things to consider when photographing children. It’s important to remember that every child is unique and at a different stage of personal development, so will therefore respond differently to various techniques. You wouldn’t expect a 13 year old boy to laugh at a game of peek-a-boo but he might well become super engaged when discussing the latest game for the x-box or his fave footy team.
Finally, the one thing that you’ll need in abundance if you want to capture gorgeous images of your children at any age is bags and bags of patience.
Andy Nickerson Photography
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