It is not always easy to take good pictures of your children. If you are trying to get a group of them to pose for a shot then it can take a lot of time and patience and it is not always possible to be able to get all of them looking good in the picture. However, the following tips may help.
Get everyone clean, tidy and changed
Before you start anything, get all of the children changed, with hair brushed and clean faces. There is nothing more annoying getting the perfect shot but noticing that someone has a dirty face or
clothes or messy hair afterwards. It is unlikely that they will all be perfect, they are children after all, but it is better to reduce the chance of obvious problems.
Get older children positioned and camera set up
It is best to get the camera set up first. Decide where the picture will be taken and then put up the tripod if necessary and set up the shot. Then call over the older children to sort out the focus, lighting and check the position is right as they will be less likely to get bored. You could even use any adults that are around to do this part for you as they will probably stay stiller!
Get younger children in the picture and snap fast
Put the children in position in age order. The youngest will be harder to keep still and so you need to make sure that you start taking pictures as soon as they are in position. With a digital camera you can just keep snapping pictures continuously which will increase your chances of getting a good shot.
Occupy then with noises and lights
Keeping children sittings till for longer than a few seconds can be extremely difficult. It can be a good idea to keep them occupied with noises or flashing lights and things like that. They will hopefully all be looking in the same direction then. It can be good to call the names of specific children as well. It is important to make sure that the person trying to get the children’s attention is standing directly behind the camera and all the lights, noises or name calling so that they are not confused as to where to look. Try to keep other people and distractions away.
Do not keep at it too long
It can be frustrating for the person taking the picture if they cannot get the best shot, but it is also difficult for the children as well. If you keep forcing the issue, they will get bored and maybe frustrated and perhaps even start crying. It is better to stop quickly and then try again later or do some individual pictures for those who still have the patience.
It can be wise to perhaps try it again at a later time in the day or perhaps take shots with combinations of children and maybe not the whole group at once. If the photographer has got frustrated then it is unlikely they will be able to try again and remain calm enough to have a second go as it will be up to them to control the situation.
Take relaxed shots
It can be a better idea to take relaxed shots. Get the children playing together and take pictures when they are not looking at the camera. These can be more natural and they may even look more like the children than a stiff and posed photo. Professional photos are in more relaxed poses these days as well.
Use a professional
It can just be a lot better to use a professional photographer. They will charge of course, but there is a better chance that you will get the picture that you are looking for.
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Article by Matthew
Matthew is a professional photographer specializing in wedding photography. He occasionally offers freelance assistance to to Matt Stallone an long island newborn photographer with skills ranging from wedding photography to newborn photography.