If you have more than one child you’ll probably know how much of a challenge it can be to get photos of them together.
I know that a lot of time I take photos of my children by themselves. It’s just so much easier than trying to get them in the frame together! I do make sure I get at least one photo of them both each month though, for the siblings project.
If you want to get more (and better) photos of your children together then here are the tips you need to know:
Pick your moment
This has to be one of the most important tips.
If you want great photos of your children together then you need to pick the right time to do it. Don’t expect them to pose and smile nicely for you when they’re tired, or hungry or have been busy winding each other up!
The best thing to do is keep your camera handy so when you see a moment where everyone is happy and getting on you can snap a few photos.
Get creative and take photos in unexpected places
Photo opportunities with your children won’t always come when you’re at the beach or the park.
If you carry your camera with you though, or your phone, then you’ll start to see all sorts of other places can be great locations for photos of your children together.
It might be them sitting together in the back of the car, looking at a painting at the art gallery, or choosing books at the local library. Once you get comfortable taking photos in public places then the sky’s the limit really.
What’s so great about these kinds of photos is that they build up a beautiful record of your ordinary, extraordinary daily life.
Play with composition
Once you’ve got the classic photo of your children, with them in the centre of the frame, then you can play around with composition.
You can have fun with the rule of thirds, positioning your children on different points of the imaginary grid.
Using layers is also a great way to add some more interest to your photos of your children.
Think about keeping your aperture closed down to around f/8 to keep everything in the shot in focus. Then include one child in the foreground and the other in the background. Or you could use tree branches or playground equipment as frames around the edges of the photos.
Move around the scene
When you spot a moment with your children that you want to photograph, then try to capture it from a few different angles.
Get the straight on shot and then move around the scene.
I personally love to photograph my children together from behind, when they’re not really aware of me and my camera.
You can also see if you can get up high and shoot from above, or get down low and photograph them from below. Try getting in close to the action and then moving further away to capture more of the wider scene.
If you’re really feeling creative then see if you can capture your children’s shadows or reflections.
Give your children something to do
If you know that your children won’t just sit nicely and smile for you to take a photo, then give them something else to do instead.
You can set up an activity that you know they enjoy, like painting or playing with play dough, and then photograph them as they play sitting alongside each other. Or you can keep it really simple and get them to tell each other jokes.
If you want them nice and close for the photos then ask one child to whisper a secret or a silly word into their sibling’s ear. This can be a great way to get genuine smiles from them too!
For competitive siblings then a challenge like ‘who can jump the highest’ can hold their attention quite well and you can then get photos of them in action.
Just let them be
One of the biggest tips for photos of children together is to let go of your ideas of perfection.
Accept that you might not get that shot of them all looking at the camera and smiling.
Instead aim to capture their true personalities.
Step back and watch and wait for your chance to snap a photo of them genuinely interacting or just ‘being’ together.
Try a bit of reverse psychology
If you really want that photo of everyone smiling at the camera then this trick could work.
Tell them to look at the camera but whatever they do, they are NOT to smile. Go over the top and silly with how much you really don’t want them to smile.
Most children will end up laughing and you get the photo you want.
Hopefully these tips will help you get some photos of your children together that you’ll all love to look back on.
And if all else fails there’s nothing wrong with a bit of bribery in my book. The promise of some smarties or chocolate buttons is quite often all you need to get a few smiles for a few quick photos!