How To: Photograph Children

How To: Photograph Children

May 29, 2007

We take a lot of photographs, especially at holiday events and on long weekends. And every time we snap the photo, we think we are taking photos worthy of blowing up poster-size and hanging, gallery-style, on every wall of our apartment. Sadly, later at home, viewing them in Photoshop, well....not so great. Not so frameable.

We admire homes filled with framed photos of families, in all the permutations that families can be. Unfortunately, we are not photographer enough to take the kind of photos that one would want to frame, and display. Luckily, we found some great resources online to help us take better pictures of children! Below, a compendium of links and advice. They suggest making your kids laugh, having assistance when trying to photograph kids, and using props. This two-part guide also has great suggestions regarding camera angles, lighting, and more.

Digital Photography School. Specific tips and tricks for great birthday party photographs. Look for the details, and mix up your focal lengths.

Static Photography. Be quick, be patient, and finish on a high note by letting your child take the last picture.

New York Institute of Photography. Focus attention on the subject, draft a third person to get photos of both parents with the child, and keep your camera available at all times.

Do you take great photographs of your children? Care to share your tips and tricks for better children's photography? Please use the comments to let us know, or to suggest other resources, or just drop in a link to some of your great photos to inspire us.

Photo credit: DIY Photography

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