Gone are the days that I could sit my baby down and go to town photographing his adorableness without him wondering off or looking away. Needless to say newborns make awesome models. Toddlers… not so much. My heart hurts for moms with more than one kid that I’m sure struggle even more than I do to get everyone in the shot, much less actually looking at the camera.
With the holiday season around the corner it’s time to start thinking about sending cards again. I’m fully ready to tackle this task this weekend. New outfit, check, tiny patent leather shoes, you betcha, awesome photo spot, high-five. I am ready.
I thought I’d pass on a little wisdom that I’ve come to know over the past years photographing many small children and a farm animal or two (that’s a whole other article on its own).
1. Relax, have fun. Some of the most interesting shots are one’s that are unique and spontaneous. Be free to try new angles and places. Can’t get everyone to sit? Try standing, or walking. If YOU’RE having fun with it, then the kids will too.
2. Look at it from where they are coming from. Get on your knees and take some shots from their level. It makes your photos more eye appealing, plus it’s fun for the kids too!
3. Hold the cheese. So you may not be able to get a smile out of their little faces, it’s no big deal. Often times kids get that awkward forced smile-look when put on the spotlight. Your kids are still cute with and without the cheese.
4. Put On Some Music and Dance! The best way to encourage spontaneity and fun is to pump up the jams and cut loose. Feel free to snap a few while the kids show off their best moves. Action shots speak volumes about your family and your kids’ personalities.
5. Keep an eye on the clock. As a general rule the best time to take photos outside is about two hours after sunrise or two hours before sunset. The light gives off a nice warm glow without being too harsh.
6. Magic touch. There are some awesome free and inexpensive programs that allow you to make simple edits to your photos from color to black and white or sepia, you can even trim to the size you want with just a few clicks. Don’t be afraid to play with your photographs on the computer when you get home.
So grab your camera and give it a try! You never know what memories you are out to create and capture.
StefanieR is Texas transplant from the East Coast with a passion for writing and a
ll things creative. She is working mother to a one year old son, but often finds herself wearing several hats during the day including wife, friend, and raconteuring desk jockey. She blogs regularly at www.ragstoritz.blogspot.com.