We are lucky enough to have our wonderful event photographer, Carolyn Clement, share some very useful photography tips with us.  Check out her pointers & be sure to say hello when you see her capturing wonderful moments at the Inspired Family Conference on March 22nd.

How to take better photos of your children at home

As a portrait photographer and mother of a 3 year old, I know the only thing more challenging than photographing children is photographing your own child So for all those moments you wished you’d captured beautifully, here are a few tips to help improve your day-to-day photography.

  1. Get low. You probably already know that one of the quickest ways to improve your photos is to get low – I spend a great deal of time rolling around on the ground. Seeing the world (and your home) from their level adds an interesting perspective to images.

  1. Find a window. Now coax your child near that window. Ask them if they can see the trucks/birds/dogs outside. Next, get their attention with a loud sound (whistle, bark, laugh out loud) and capture that very moment when they look your way. The light that comes through most windows will likely be soft and diffused which will give beautiful skin tones and shadows. 

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  1. Engage. We know children lose interest in activities really quickly and they may not stick around the window long enough for you to get what you were looking for. So pull out some toys! This is a fun way to remember what they were most interested in at this stage of their childhood. Playdoh, Legos, Tea Parties, even phones, are great for engaging your child and taking the focus off of what your real intentions are – photographing them! Consider setting up a table near a window to ensure proper lighting. Be sure to capture the details – their fingers assembling legos, the favorite doll that joins the party, the crayon that colors just outside the lines. You can easily tell a story while they’re engaged in a favorite activity.

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  1. Give them a place to sit. A chair, rocking chair or sofa can help to keep them contained – if only for a few seconds. You can also consider placing them with their backs to a corner to really prevent them from running away quickly.

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  1. Get help. An older sibling or other family member can help you to get the shots that you’re looking for by making noises or placing a toy on your head to grab the little one’s attention. Just be sure to ask your helper to stand directly above you and your camera so your child’s gaze is centered and not wandering off to the side.

  1. Get involved. If you are lucky enough to have another adult present, ask them to do you and your children a huge favor and take a series of photographs that include you! Let’s let our kids see us as active participants in their lives. (My wonderful husband took this photograph of me and my son. I have a 24×36 mounted print of this and it makes my heart smile every time I see it.)

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