Kids grow up so quickly that parents often wonder where the time went. It is for this reason that many mums and dads are so keen to capture as many special holiday moments from their children’s early years as they possibly can.
Modern digital cameras have made it easy for anybody to take hundreds of pictures every day: the only practical limit to the number of pictures you can keep is the amount of digital photo storage space you are willing to pay for. However, the ability to take thousands of pictures does not, unfortunately, translate into the ability to take good photographs that you will want to keep for the rest of your life. This is an ability that has to be learned over time.
Taking Pictures Both You and Your Children Will Treasure Forever
While there are no shortcuts that will turn you into an expert photographer overnight, there are some pointers I can give you that should help you to develop your skills in this area more rapidly than would otherwise be the case.
- Get Down to Their Level – One of the most basic mistakes those who are new to photographing children make is to take all their shots from a standing position. The resulting pictures are all very similar: children looking up in bemusement at the adult with the big camera. While a couple of shots like this may be appealing, a whole album full will not. You need to get down to the level of your children if you want to take good shots. Kneel, crouch, sit on the floor: do whatever it takes to achieve the perfect level before you start taking pictures.
- Use Props – When I say use props, I don’t necessarily mean give your children a pirate’s eye patch or a wizard’s wand, although there is nothing wrong with doing so if it tickles your fancy and theirs. What I mean is, find anything that will amuse them and make them laugh. The props you use do not have to feature in the photos that you take: they are just devices for coaxing your child into showing that gorgeous smile you know and love so much.
- Choose Your Locations Carefully – For casual shots that you plan to send to friends or post on Facebook, it does not really matter if they are taken against a background of dirty laundry in the utility room. However, if you are trying to take portrait photographs that you can have printed and display on your mantelpiece, you should give a little more thought to the locations you use when photographing your child.
Unfortunately, that’s all the advice I have room for right now but I will continue this series in the near future so please check back soon for more tips.
As a professional travel photographer with years of experience, I know how frustrating it can be when you first start out but you will improve with every shot you take so keep practising!