Different ways to photograph your child

5 different ways to photograph your child

If you’re like me, and as a parent you probably are, then I bet you take loads of photos of your children.

The thing is, when you take all these photos they can end up all sort of looking the same.

I definitely go through stages when I feel a bit uninspired and like I’m just taking the same portraits of my children over and over again.  I join in with living arrows each week where I share a photo of my children and there are times when it feels like all I’m sharing is classic, look-straight-at-the-camera photos.

So I want to make a point of mixing things up a bit more this year, to capture my children in different ways and keep having fun photographing their childhoods.  If you ever feel the same way, then here are 5 ideas for different ways to photograph your child.


Back away

A great way to add variety and interest to your photos of your children is to back away from them a bit.

When you back up you can get more of the environment into the photo which is amazing for adding more to the story of where you were and what you were doing when the photo was taken.

Backing away a bit also has the added benefit of your children being less aware of the fact that you’re taking their photo, so they’ll hopefully act more naturally and you can capture more of their personalities.


Get in close

Of course the flip side of this is another of my favourite ways to photograph my children – get in nice and close.

I love getting in close and capturing the details like the curl of their hair, small hands holding toys and little toddler facial features.


Break the rules

When you learn photography you pick up all these rules of composition that you try to faithfully follow, like the rule of thirds and not cutting off limbs in your pictures.

The thing is, if you always follow these rules your photos can end up all looking quite similar and you end up feeling really uninspired.

So mix things up and break some rules.

For example. try placing your child right in the middle of the frame, or just off centre, instead of always placing them in line with the rule of thirds.

When you know the rules you can have quite a bit of fun deliberately breaking them.


Get in the photos with them

If you’ve spent any time reading my blog you might have seen this one coming.

When you’re feeling really uninspired with the photos you’re taking of your children, then try getting in some with them.

Set the timer or grab a remote trigger and jump in front of the camera.

Take photos of your whole family together, get some of you reading bedtime stories, helping with homework, or just cwtching up on the sofa.


Capture their interests

For me there are a few different reasons why I love to photograph my children.

The first is purely for that visual record of how they’re growing and changing.  I love looking back and seeing how much they’ve changed physically over the years.

Another big reason though is to capture who they are as people at different stages.

A beautiful portrait of your child against a white background might look lovely on your wall, but it won’t tell you anything about their personality or interests at that age.  So take photos that will capture that.

Photograph their little hands holding on tight to their favourite soft toy.  Take pictures of them reading that book that they can’t put down, or listening to you read them that one storybook for the thousandth time.  Capture the look of concentration on their face as they play computer games.

Think about who they are right now, what they’re interested in, what their personalities are like, and find ways to photograph that as well as images just of what they look like.


I’m hoping these ideas will help me feel a bit more creative this year with the photos I take of my children.

And hopefully they’ll help you too if you feel like you’ve been a bit uninspired and stuck in a rut with your family photos.

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