How to take better pictures of your children
You don’t need a fancy camera to create gorgeous images. You also don’t need to know a thing about ISO or aperture. Simply follow these easy guidelines to capture images of your children that are full of personality.
Work it: Try to capture real emotion in your child’s expression by earning it. In order to capture the expressions that you know and love you need to draw it out. Laugh, joke, pretend you are going to tickle them. If you work to get your children engaged and laughing the images will encapsulate their personality, not just their physical features.
Get a little serious: Wait until your child is engaged in an activity, then sneak in to capture a few images. You will remember how they may stick their tongue out just a little bit as they concentrate. Ask them if they see a firefly in your camera to create the soulful images of your children.
Move to their level: While having your child look up into the camera is a fun perspective, make sure you take some images down at their level. By sitting on the floor or laying on the ground you create an interesting perspective in your composition and showcase the world from their point of view.
Fill the frame: If you only try one thing, this will give you the biggest bang for your buck. Simply get a little closer and fill the image with your child. It eliminates distraction and there is no question as to who the subject of the photograph is.
Window, no flash: Avoid on-camera flash as much as possible as the light is incredibly unflattering and creates those crazy alien eyes. Instead, simply move over near a window and have your child look outside for a squirrel. The light from the window will light their face beautifully and also create those little catch-lights in their eyes
Today's guest post comes to us from our friend Nicole Begley.
Nicole Begley is a professional lifestyle family photographer specializing in creating custom home décor and fine-art images of those that you cherish most. The goal of every session is to create images that your great-grandchild will view in 50 years and get a feeling of what life was like in this moment of time.
Nicole has started the point and shoot challenge on her blog as a way to encourage moms to capture fun snapshots of these moments that will pass too quickly. Become a follower of the blog for more photography tips and opportunities to learn more about your camera.
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