I don't know about you, but the pictures on my camera roll have looked very different then they used to. We are making history right now and what a better time to learn to take pictures of your kids right in your home. Taking pictures of my kids has helped me focus on the beauty of this season even during the difficult circumstances we've all been faced with.
TIPS TO BETTER PICTURES OF YOUR KIDS
Lighting is so important when you are taking any pictures! If you are outside, find any shade that you can! This will prevent your kids from squinting at the camera and harsh shadows on their faces. If you are indoors, open up all of your blinds and turn those artificial lights off so you don't get yellow casts. Face your subjects towards your window and you'll get beautiful, clean light for your image.
Notice how so many of my images are taken at my kitchen table. This is because this is really the only place I have good lighting in my home. I don't have a lot of windows and a lot of my furniture is dark. I was able to get much better images with the beautiful natural light then in other parts of my home.
2. WIPE OFF YOUR CAMERA LENS
This one is so simple and may even seem a little silly, but you'd be so surprised at how dirty those things can get especially when we are handling our phones all day everyday. All you need to do is take your sleeve or the bottom of your shirt and wipe it across the lens in order to clear it up. If your images are turning out fuzzy, dingy or cloudy, this is probably the problem.
3. GET UP CLOSE!
If you live in a home without a lot of open space (like I do!), get up close to your subject and capture those details! It's easy to get distracted by clutter, but if you are capturing those small details then you can crop out any of those things that take away from your image. You aren't likely to notice a sink full of dirty dishes when you are focused on that yummy cake you baked or your baby's bright blue eyes.
4. PROMPT THEM!
Photographers have to get really good at creating situations that will help children and families relaxed so you can get those great expressions! Sometimes are kids don't always want to smile or look at the camera, so you give them a prompt to help them relax and look at you! Some of my favorites are "give your sister a huge hug!" or "Do you need to be tickled?" Sometimes the anticipation alone gets them giggling! For babies I love to grab a stuffed animal and hold it up or playing peek a boo is always a favorite.
5. DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF
I really had to let go and be relaxed. Kids can really feed off of your energy so don't force it and just have fun together! The best images I have of my kids are ones where they were already doing their favorite things and I just grabbed my camera to snap away. You'll get better smiles and expressions and you'll get to remember that they just got to be kids!
If you are having any trouble or want more in depth tips, feel free to comment or reach out!