From children’s birthday parties and religious celebrations, to vacation photoshoots and family engagements, there are so many opportunities to capture photos with kids. However, kids can be rather tricky to photograph. They tend to get distracted, bored, and overwhelmed easier. Some kids may be camera shy, while others go crazy for the attention. Whatever the case may be, we’d like to share 3 tips for capturing picture perfect memories with a young child that we’ve learned throughout the years by working in the industry. With the following tips, you’ll have photos worthy of hanging on the walls of your home, and sharing with friends and family, for years to come.
Let Them Wander
Rather than lining your kids up and yelling, say cheese!, simply let them wander and explore. The greatest photos of children can be when they’re investigating their surroundings and just being children. Long gone are the days of bringing kids to a photography studio and lining them up in front of some generic background– there’s no sense of wonder of inspiration to be sought from photos like those. Whether you’re in your own backyard or adventuring in a foreign land, let your kids be kids and the camera will do the rest.
Let Them Be
In the same sense, it’s important to let young children be young children– that’s where the real magic happens! Don’t worry about having them pose or look a certain way; don’t micromanage them or complain if their hair is looking a bit tousled. Young children can sense when adults are overdoing it or putting a bit of an act on. When you give young children the freedom to be exactly who they are, that’s when the camera can really capture golden moments that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.
Make Use of Props
It’s no secret in the world of photography– kids love props! If you’re looking for a way to engage them or distract them (particularly if they’re camera shy), props are a lovely idea. From balloons and chalkboards to colorful umbrellas and kites, there are plenty of fun options. You may even find some natural props– seashells anyone? You can even think about creating a picnic scene to be photographed. The shoot can really be anything you make it and having fun is always #1!
The idea of photographing young children may seem daunting at first, but it doesn’t have to be! Kids can make excellent subjects for photographers– even the most seemingly uncooperative youngsters can prove to be incredible in the eye of a camera lens. Unfortunately, kids aren’t kids forever and you’ll want to capture these memories while you can– fortunately, the photographers at Local Lens are here for you and your family.