Want to take better images of your children at home?
Tip 1 - Light
Anyone who has had a photoshoot with me will have quickly recognised my obsession with light. In my opinion lighting is the difference between a good image and an amazing image.
When taking photos you should look for a large SOFT light source such as a large window in your house or outside on a cloudy day at your favourite park.
Soft light like this wraps around your child creating soft shadows where as on a bright sunny day the lack of shade or clouds will create harsh shadows.
TIP 2 - Catch lights
They say the eyes are the windows to the soul, so true! Catch lights are those little glimmers of light reflected in the subjects eyes. You’ve probably noticed without even realising it, but an image without catch lights can make the subject look lifeless and drab. Catch lights bring life to the eyes and a feeling of connection. A great tip for perfecting this is to face your child towards the light source when taking the shot.
Tip 3 - Time of Day
The time of day plays a crucial part in a beautiful portrait. Light at the beginning and at the end of the day has a beautiful warm like glow and makes for amazing images. The one thing I would always say is avoid midday sun whilst photographing your child if at all possible as this can be very harsh light and creates shadows under the eyes, nose and chin.
Tip 4 - Get down to your childs level
A common mistake when photographing kids is not getting down to their level when shooting. Don’t forget to get down low and have your camera at eye level creating a beautiful empowering image.
Tip 5 - Don’t say the dreaded “SMILE”
The stereotypical process of taking a photograph always involves the photographer saying “SMILE” right before they click the button. Avoid this word at all cost unless you are looking for awkward smiles, teeth showing and your child looking like they want to be somewhere else! Instead, why not snap the moments when children are interacting with their environment or naturally looking at the camera in their own way!
Another good tip is to ask your child to make silly faces at the camera and snap these and the in-between moments when they will be laughing and having fun as these will be the moments you will want to be transported back to in years to come.