Category Archives: Tips on how to photograph kids

This is a series of posts that I wrote in throughout 2013 and briefly in 2016. In these posts I share tips on how to photograph kids and how it can help you make better photographs of your children.

Even light | Photography tip

In today’s photography tip, I’m going to talk about light and what to do to make the best use of it for a nice portrait of your kids.

The important thing is that light falls over the face evenly. What I mean is that we should avoid placing the subject somewhere with harsh shadow and light. The result will be a portrait filled with spots of dark shadows and bright lights that will be a huge distraction in the image. There are cases where this ends up being an interesting effect, but that’s not what happens most of the times. Here are a few examples of what I’m trying to explain and that we should avoid.

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This happens in very bright days with no clouds in the sky. The solution is to place our subject in the shadow where we will have some even and directional light. It results in a much more pleasant photograph and it is much less annoying to the one being photographed. In cloudy days, this issue doesn’t occur, because the light is already soft and even, making it easier to photograph. At home, you can make use of the light coming from your windows, like I mention here.

Check out the following examples and to get all the tips published so far just click here.

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Genuine laughter | Photography tip

Today I share with you one more photography tip so that you can use with your kids and improve your family photos. It is an absolute truth that any parent loves to see his kid smiling and laughing. And to take a picture of that, he just asks his son to to smile to the camera (or even say “cheese”). The result of that is always a forced smile, very unnatural that does not reflect the child’s personality at all. So, in this post, I bring you a few ticks that I use all the time when I photograph kids that also relaxes the child as well as the parents and makes them enjoy the session more.

The idea is to turn that moment into some sort of game for the children. Something that results in 90% of the times (depends on the child’s age as well) is to play a the “serious game” which is a very simple game where the first person to show the teeth or starts laughing looses. I, myself, play this game with the child I want to photograph or sometimes ask the parents to enter the game too. What happens to kid when you absolutely forbid him to laugh? Sooner or later he won’t be able to hold and he will give the most genuine laughter there is.

Another thing that I sometimes do is to ask the child to give the most ugly face that he can think about. But ask him not to do it right away. He needs to think first and do it at the end of a countdown (or at the count of 3, for instance). It is very important to give emphasis on the countdown because the anticipation and that smile of someone who is bout to something really funny will give you an amazing expression of your kid. As well as after he makes that ugly face, when he for sure will give you another amazing laughter.

The images that follow are the result of some of this kind of playful moments.

And of want to know more, you can check here all the tips published so far. Enjoy!

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Fill the frame | Photography tip

In this post I share with you another photography tip for you to use when you’re photographing your kids. This one is really easy and can result in very beautiful images. All you need to think about is to try to fill the frame your subject’s face and to do that you need to either get close to him and/or use the zoom of your camera. This will give you some very simple portraits that you’ll love. You should also take into account the lighting direction in order to get that catchlight in the eyes (see how here) and avoid cropping your subject by the neck (more on that here).

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Exaggerate your perspective angle | Photography tip

On the very first tip I shared on the blog (link here) I talked about the importance of getting down to the kids eye level when you’re photographing them. However, one thing that I love to do (and I do it a lot!) is to exaggerate my angle of view and shoot from down upwards as well as from up downwards.

To point your camera from down up, gives you much more of that kids perspective that everything surrounding is so much bigger than them. I like to use a wide angle lens is some cases, where it’s possible to include that huge space and other elements, that surround them, such as toys, in the image. But I also use sometimes a longer lens to isolate the child and make him occupy the whole frame, which gives the feeling of the kid being small but giant at the same time.

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To shoot form up downwards gives a totally different perspective. With younger babies that love to be with their tummy up, this is a delicious thing to try. But I also love to capture those moments where a kid is playing on the floor for instance, or even that curious look they give when I call their attention and they look up.

Try it!

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