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How to take great photos of children – Part 2 – 5 Tips

Taking photos of children can be a delight. These photos look great, and can provoke a great deal of emotion, for many years afterwards. However, taking such photos can sometimes be a challenge and tips on how to take better photos can be very valuable. If you feel that something is not covered in this series, then please do mention these in the comments.

Photos from the previous post in this series (Taking great photos of children – Part 1)

Tip 1116 (Look for colorful clothes of children): One way to get very colorful photos is when you have got children wearing different types of colorful clothes. Colorful clothes look well on children, and the photos that come out of such compositions also come out pretty well. Of course, this is only possible when you have the opportunity to be able to get children to pose and the time for them to prepare.

Tip 1117 (See photos as a life history): Photos of children provide a historical marker to the parents and other relatives of the children. If you are taking photos of your children or children of close friends / family members, then it is good to take such photos at regular periods of time, since these provide a timeline of the development of children. When the children have grown up, these photos provide a history of how the children have grown up. For example, a photo such as children getting ready to go to the first day of school, or after an important event or at birthdays, etc, all of these provide deep emotional reminders when seen later.

Tip 1118 (Make sure you get permissions): Parents tend to get very protective of children, and if you are in an environment where you have not been requested to take photos, be careful about your overall environment. So for example, it would be fine to take photos of children when they are playing in a school match, but parents would be very careful about letting a photographer take photos when children are in the swimming pool. As a matter of safety and overall good policy, it would be good to try and ask for permission before shooting photos of children (especially in an environment where you think parents would like you to ask for permission).

Tip 1119 (Take photos of children in their natural environment): Children are most comfortable in their natural settings. So, whether this be their home, with their favorite toys, or in the car of their parents, that is when they are most comfortable. If a child is in a new setting, there is a high degree of risk that the child may be uncomfortable and then it is not likely that the photo session will not work out the way that you want them to. So, if you are shooting at a place which is not their home, then try and ensure that a favorite toy is near, or that a family member is nearby.

Tip 1120 (Keep sessions short and sweet): When you are shooting photo sessions with kids, remember that these need to be kept short. Planning for such photo sessions should ensure that you are planning shorter sessions, since kids have much shorter attention spans. Even if you try to stretch a session, it really would not work since you would find uncooperative kids who are not conducive to any kind of encouragement.

Some books on how to improve your photos (from Amazon):

Beyond Snapshots: How to Take That Fancy DSLR Camera Off “Auto” Your Baby in Pictures: The New Parents’ Guide 500 Poses for Photographing Children

Videos of how to take photos of children from Youtube:

Baby Photography Tutorial & Tips – Ideas for Photographing Children

How to photograph energetic children outdoors

Taking Better Photos of Kids – Delly Carr

Photographing Kids: Working with Light

Read more in the next post (Taking photos of children – Part 3)

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