10 Surefire Tips To Help You Capture Better Images of Your Children

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Do you LOVE taking pictures of your children? Do often wish you could get better images of them? Whether you are using a point and shoot camera or a DSLR, MCP Actions, creator of Photoshop actions and Lightroom Presets, is here to help you take better photos of your kids and grand kids.

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6 tips and tricks to photographing your children:

  1. Get a little closer. One of the biggest differences you can make is to get closer to the subject in your photo. Sometime we are caught up with getting the nice scenery behind them and our children get lost in the image.
  2. Look for different angles. One way to get more variety in your photos is to look for different angles instead of always taking them straight on.
  3. Try to engage your kids. Be silly, make funny faces, jump around, sing silly songs. They will be more likely to give you natural expressions and they will have more fun.
  4. Try distracting your kids. It can be hard to get young children to stay still for a photo. Try putting something on your head like reindeer antlers or put something on the top of your camera like a fuzzy sticker. You will get their attention and they most likely look straight at your camera.
  5. Natural is OK. We all have this notion that we want the perfect portrait of our children. Remember to capture the every day moments. The blank stares in space, the moody, sullen moments, the quiet moments, these are all memories that you will want to look back upon, not just the smiling picture perfect moments
  6. Know when to stop. If you are starting to get upset with your kids then its time to put the camera away and try again another day.

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4 Tips and Tricks for lighting:

  1. Golden hour! The best time of day to take outdoor pictures is one hour after sunrise or one hour before sunset. The light is soft and pretty during those hours and the shadows are not as harsh. The next time you head to the beach, take your kids out for a nice walk one hour before sunset and bring your camera!
  2. Overcast days are the best! Whenever we have an overcast day I run and get my camera and head outdoors with the kids. The clouds create a diffuser over the sun and it softens the light and minimizes shadows. My favorite outdoor images have been taken on overcast days.
  3. Look for open shade. A great place is a porch, gazebo or under a tree. This will help your children from squinting.
  4. Back light. If you have to take pictures in bright open sun be sure to place the sun behind your child rather than putting the sun behind you. This will make a pretty halo of light behind your child and will also make them less likely to squint!

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Remember to have fun! I love documenting my children’s youth with photographs whether it’s with my DSLR or my iPhone. Some of my favorite images of my children are not the posed holiday cards images but rather the spontaneous, in the moment images that capture what they are doing and how they are feeling!

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Jodi Friedman, the owner of MCP Actions, makes photo editing easier and faster with Photoshop Actions, Lightroom Presets and Online Training. Her colleague, Tracy Callahan of Memories by TLC, is a portrait studio specializing in newborns, young children and maternity sessions. Together they offer a one-of-kind online Newborn Photography Workshop. To learn more about MCP’s Newborn Photography Online Mentoring: The Start to Finish Workshop click here. Make sure to follow MCP Actions on Facebook and to subscribe to their blog, for more great photography and editing articles.

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  • raghavendra
  • I have a real tough time clicking my daughter. Will keep the light tips in my mind the next time.

    http://blogs.gonomad.com/traveltalesfromindia/

  • Jan

    Great tips! And gorgeous pix. I love it when my kid pix go right! Hope it’s OK to link this to my post.

    http://cottonmouthcreek.wordpress.com/2011/12/04/photographingkids/

  • Lev

    As somebody already noted, shooting from their eye level should be at #1.

  • it’s hard to get photos of my son he doesn’t like to sit still xD but i shall try these out when i get the mojo to try again~

  • rich

    When taking photos of children, don’t be afraid of shooting in high speed mode. You might waste a few megabytes on your memory card, but you can pick your perfect moment.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/41898910@N03/7981952395/

  • These are great. I’ve also been really interested in different camera angles lately too. Thanks!

  • David Green

    Get down to your kids level – if they are lying on the ground , YOU get down on the ground for some eye to eye pictures
    ALSO , and I DON’T recommend this for everyone – if they go in to the swimming pool ( at the shallow end ) follow them with you camera !! . I’ve taken some great close-up pictures of my kids in the pool , but take precautions first !!- enter the pool without a camera first , to see how slippery the ( floor) surface( and how deep the pool ) is , try and find a time when there aren’t many other people around splashing for obvious reasons .

    if you are unsure about risking your DSLR in a pool , ( and are strapped for cash), try taking pool pics with a waterproof disposable camera .

Some Older Comments

  • Lauren September 18, 2012 04:14 am

    These are great. I've also been really interested in different camera angles lately too. Thanks!

  • rich September 16, 2012 07:06 pm

    When taking photos of children, don't be afraid of shooting in high speed mode. You might waste a few megabytes on your memory card, but you can pick your perfect moment.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/41898910@N03/7981952395/

  • Jenny September 14, 2012 10:55 pm

    it's hard to get photos of my son he doesn't like to sit still xD but i shall try these out when i get the mojo to try again~

  • Lev September 14, 2012 03:20 pm

    As somebody already noted, shooting from their eye level should be at #1.

  • Jan September 13, 2012 11:19 pm

    Great tips! And gorgeous pix. I love it when my kid pix go right! Hope it's OK to link this to my post.

    http://cottonmouthcreek.wordpress.com/2011/12/04/photographingkids/

  • Mridula September 13, 2012 03:14 pm

    I have a real tough time clicking my daughter. Will keep the light tips in my mind the next time.

    http://blogs.gonomad.com/traveltalesfromindia/

  • raghavendra September 13, 2012 12:36 pm

    Shooting them with the eye level is important

    http://raghavendra-mobilephotography.blogspot.com/2012/03/kids-feeding-goat.html

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