How to Take Better Images of Your Kids
As a photographer and a mom myself, I often am asked how people can better capture the fleeting time called “childhood” with their little ones. You may think I’ve got this parenting and photography thing down pat, but the reality is, I struggle with remembering to capture every single moment, just like you! It is hard to know when to pull the camera out and snap away, and knowing when to stow it away and just enjoy the moment. But, I have found a few tips over the years that have helped me take better photos of my children, as a mom.
- Don’t always be searching for the “perfect smile” or moment: Let’s be real, it may never happen! When you’re waiting for the perfect expression or hug or pose, your kids will get burnt out very quickly. They want to have fun, and it’s your job to capture that real smile or laugh, and not force them to sit still through 37 takes! Take photos during an event or while your kids are playing at the park, rather than setting up a faux photoshoot where they will be crying within seconds (let the pros handle those photo sessions!)
- Read up on your equipment! Knowing what your camera is capable of, and how to use it can make a world of difference. You’d be surprised that knowing what ISO is, and what aperture means, can truly transform your snapshots into works of art. Plus, really understanding and knowing how to use your camera, means that you’ll waste less time getting situated when you do want to take a quick photo. We recommend googling your make and model of your camera to find tutorials, or search in your area for classes.
- Remember that children are children! They may not go along with your photo ideas, and remember to not take that personally. Keeping photography in a positive light will go a long way in their perception of it over time. They will be more inclined to enjoy having their portraits taken if you keep things light, short, and happy.
- Your phone is a powerful tool: The latest smartphones are super powerful, and are often equipped with great lenses for on-the-go photography. Don’t be afraid to utilize your smartphone to get photos when you’re out and about, they are often high quality and perfectly suitable for a trip to the library or a playdate. Littles are often less intimidated by cell phones than larger cameras.
- Lastly, don’t forget that social media is a highlight reel: There are some bloggers and moms whose feeds are perfectly curated works of art, and we love that! But, don’t feel like less of a parent because your kids have food stains on their clothes and aren’t posing just right. What matters is happy kids, and that’s the reason why you want to take photos in the first place!
Ready to also schedule some professional photos? I’d love to capture candid smiles and yes, even those posed photos (I promise they are fun!) for you and your little ones!
Why Hire a Professional Newborn Photographer?
Newborn portraits can be a stressful experience, and I am often asked why parents should choose a true professional to do theirs. After all, you just had a baby, you’re sleep deprived, and you don’t often feel amazing about your own body (moms, I’m looking at you!). Portraits can seem like the very last thing on your lengthy list of things to do, but they actually should be at the top. Here are just a few reasons why hiring a professional should be important to you (and why they’re worth the money):
A professional will not mess up an irreplaceable time in your life. Yes, you could have your Aunt or friend take a few snapshots, but someone without photography experience is much more likely to have a few snafus in the process: losing images, not choosing proper lighting, or not saving them correctly on the computer. The newborn phase lasts just a few short months, and you don’t want to miss it!
A professional knows how to hold, pose, and work with your beautiful newborn: Safety should be the utmost concern when working with newborn babies, and only a professional knows the latest techniques, and ideas to keep your baby safe and sound during a session. Professionals will never attempt tricky poses or difficult ideas unless they are able to be done with care. Professionals are trained in keeping baby happy, as well as safe, and that should give you peace of mind.
A professional will guide you through the process: A newborn photographer with experience will always know how to help you with everything from outfit choices to backdrops and poses. As a new parent, you should not have to worry about anything other than feeding baby, and relaxing!
A professional knows how to carefully edit: Not only do trained photographers know how to get beautiful images straight off a camera, they also know how to work with delicate skin tones, to edit backgrounds, and to fix any small things that might detract from the star: your sweet baby! A pro will always edit and touch up only to enhance the natural look of your child, without adding excessive airbrushing.
There are many reasons to hire a pro photographer, but I think these are the ones that are most worth mentioning. I would love to talk with you more about my newborn process, and answer any questions you may have!
Milestones: they’re amazing and irreplaceable! As a parent, you think “I can’t wait for them to get to the next stage”, but then they go so fast! Each new life goes from total dependance for everything, to suddenly walking around on their own two feet! That first year of life is filled with miraculous changes. It is pretty amazing when you stop and really take it in; no one ever regrets capturing this special time, but I meet parents all the time who certainly regret NOT doing it!
Studio milestone sessions are fun, but milestone turned family sessions are where it’s at, because let’s face it…….if not for having a family, no one would never make it to these milestone! Plus, most babes are pretty into their parents, and sessions are just way more fun when babes are happy and smiley like Sweet Saoirse here!!
This session was amazing. The perfect light coupled with the amazing purple flowers and a fantastic family, and on Father’s Day, no less! What else could a photographer ask for? AND……..what better way to celebrate God making you a father then by grabbing a few snaps of you and your sweet little girlie. Plus, throw in the the bonus of this being the third time in the last year I get to hang with these cool cats……and kitten, and it was pretty much a perfect evening. I am already excited to see Miss Saoirse……and her fabulous family in October. We will be trading in the fresh spring Lupine for rich fall jewel tones, and I know this little cutie will look fantastic.
(Stay tuned to the blog, cause I still want to share their maternity and newborn sessions, as well!)
I met this little guy’s mama a few years ago, when his big sister came to me for her photo debut! When I saw that Mallory (mom) was expecting a boy with her second pregnancy, I felt my heart flutter just a bit. I grew up with a younger brother, and cherish the memories of tormenting, I mean LOVING, my little brother 🙂 I love the idea of Brookie dressing up Logan in dresses and princess shoes in the not-so-far away future, just like I did as a big sister…He never complained, we always had fun, and I even have a few photos as blackmail! I envision them going on adventures together, just like I did with my brother, and hope they grow to be great friends.
The other thing that brings a smile to my face is that they will be raised in a farm family. As someone who has married into a farm family, I now appreciate the value of farm living. Both Logan and his big sister will grow up knowing the value of a hard day’s work, and that no matter how hard things get, it is worth it. For Logan’s sweet little session, we did a few different props and backgrounds, and as with all my newborn sessions, I made him the star! I love his beautiful features and soft, dark hair.
I sure hope that this family keeps on growing, and that I get to keep documenting their milestones. Maybe we will even do a family session on the farm someday!
SUMMER IS ALMOST HERE… and that means it is swimsuit season!!! Time to bust out the suits, flip-flops and sunscreen. One of my favorite things to shop for for my kids is swimwear, and as with any shopping I do, I always ask myself if they will look cute in pictures!! Many of my clients and friends ask me how to take better pics of their kids, so here are a few tips to step up your summer photo ops:
- The old adage holds true: “keep it simple, stupid”. When it comes to photos, less is more. As you will see in the board below, I compiled of some fun girlie suits; none of them are too crazy or bold, and yet all of them are so stinking adorable.
- It is easy to create fun images (this goes back to the less is more thing). Put your kiddos in cute suits with a hat or some shades and hand them a bottle of bubbles and you are totally set for at least 30 minutes of picture-taking fabulousness. 30 minutes…….or until the bubbles spill of course! LOL!!
- It is in the little details!! Fat little piggy toes protruding from sandals or little fingers holding the bubble wand or that one curl that sits on the back of your littles neck……these are the things you want to remember about that moment in life!!
- And lastly, have fun! You don’t need a fancy camera to capture some amazing memories. Pull out your phone, play tag, sit in the kids pool with them, and blow bubbles yourself. Number 4 may be the most important advice. The best images come when you least expect it, so take your shoes off, put your suit on, grab your bubbles and the rest will just happen!!! I would love to see some of your fun summer captures, so feel free to post in the comments below!!!
If you haven’t already go check us out on pinterest, and also find the prices and links to all the suits you see below…they are easy to shop!
Boys suits are coming up next!