I love taking photos of my children.
It’s one of my favourite things to do; capturing their childhoods on camera. But that’s not to say it’s not stressful at times. You can bet that when I really want to get some great photos of them they just won’t be in the mood.
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who finds it stressful at times to get great photos of their children, so hopefully these tips will help both me and you to make the process easier and more fun for everyone.
Let your children feel in control
One of the reasons that our children don’t cooperate with our plans is that they don’t feel like they have any say in what’s happening.
We all like to feel in control, and when it comes to have their photo taken then it’s only fair really to let our children have some say in things.
So lets say you’re planning on having a little photo session with your children.
Give them choices for what they’ll wear that day. Let them show you some poses they want to do, before you ask them to sit or stand a certain way. Make them creative directors for the day and work with them to get the photos you really want.
Make it a fun adventure and let them play
Things will be much easier for everyone if you make your photo session into a little adventure.
Pick somewhere not too far from home like the park, local wood or beach if you live by the coast and get your children to do something like see what natural treasures they can find. Let them run, jump and explore.
You can photograph these adventures and capture some really lovely memories.
Direct your children gently
When it comes to photographing children you really need to let go of any ideas of perfection.
Don’t get hung up on perfect poses and perfect smiles.
Instead try to focus on capturing your children as they play and talk and laugh. You’ll get far more natural results that ultimately will make you much happier when you look back at the photos in a few years.
What you can do though is gently direct your children to get the best possible results.
If you’re taking photos outside in bright sunlight, then you can encourage them to go and play in an area of open shade where the lighting will be best for pictures. Sit them together on a blanket and direct them to tell each other the silliest jokes they can think of to get them giggling.
The main thing to remember is to take the pressure of yourself and your children.
When you’re focused on getting that one perfect photo then everyone will feel the stress of it.
Let go. Relax. Let everyone have fun.
And I promise you the photos you get when you do this will be so much more natural, and capture so much more of how your children really are right now, you’ll love them so much more than the ‘perfect’ ones you were picturing before.