Tips for Photographing Babies and Children

I don’t know if you have noticed, but I’m completely obsessed with taking photos of my son Te Kanawa.

Luckily, I went to BYU-Hawaii and studied art there and was able to learn quite a bit about photography. I am by no means a professional, nor are all of my photos picture perfect! In fact, I’d say about half of them are unusable. With that being said, let me help you out with a few simple tips to make getting that “perfect” shot a little bit easier 🙂

Tip number 1: SNAP AWAY! Seriously though, just take photo after photo. Babies and children are so wiggly, that you will most likely get a ton of blurry and unusable shots. But amongst all those blurry shots, you’ll capture a few gems worth saving. It’s better to take too many photos and delete what you don’t want, than to not take enough and be left without a good shot.

Tip number 2: Find natural light. Natural light is so key when it comes to photography! It can make or break a photo. Finding any natural light (go by a window) will take your photo to that extra level of greatness. Beware of harsh lighting though! You want to be able to see your baby’s or children’s cute faces and eyes, not a bunch of squinty faces.

Tip number 3: Between a camera and a phone, always use your camera! The quality that you get with a camera is hard to beat with a phone. The photos are normally much clearer and the resolution is way better. That being said, if you don’t have a camera, your phone will still get the job done. 🙂

Tip number 4: Take breaks. Children and babies can be fussy sometimes. Sometimes that’s cute, but not when you want to take some nice photos of them! Don’t be afraid to take a break, get your children a snack or give your baby a quick nursing session to get them ready for a fun and happy photoshoot.

(p.s. bribes are okay too sometimes! Promising them a yummy treat afterwards or going to the park is always a good way to make a photoshoot happen.)

Tip number 5: Nice big smiles are great, but the candid shots are always the best! Getting photos of your baby or child just being themselves is a sure way to capture magic. Their little quirks and personalities are gold and photographing that is what it’s all about! *Try adding a prop for them to fiddle with and spike their curiosity!

I hope these simple tips will help you get those extra special shots! There’s nothing better than capturing that big laugh or a special moment between siblings. I think it’s so special to go back and look at pictures with your young ones and reminisce (or just reminisce alone and wonder how the heck they were so tiny?!) So, go get those cameras out mummies and start snapping!!

xo

Ivy Elkington

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