Young Child and Dog Playing in Muddy River

5 simple tips for photographing your kids

Until you have children, you don’t actually realise the infinite number of photographs possible. And there’s no such thing as having too many photos of your kids growing up (unless of course there’s a lot of ‘number one’ child and not so many of child number three – oops). But whilst clicking photos of your little cherubs to your hearts content is great, here’s some ideas for getting those to-die-for photographs of your kids – especially if they’re going to be the photos you print and frame.

 

1.Let them relax and just be kids

Clicking photos might be enjoyable for us but if kids know you’re taking photos of them chances are they’re either going to act ‘cray cray’ or run for the hills.  If your kids are a little on the crazy side, then just let them be them. You’re more likely to capture their real personality if you let them go (as long as they’re not killing each other). On the other hand, if your child is a little camera-shy (or smartphone shy) then just let them hang-out and play as they would normally. Again, you’re better off capturing them with their head in a book or drawing if that’s part of their character.

2. Have fun with them

Us grown ups tend to take ourselves way too seriously, especially when we’ve set ourselves on a task (like getting a great photo of the kids). But don’t forget to enjoy yourself with them when you’re doing it. This can all come from the set-up. Whether you set up a game or a special location that they love (like the park, a beach or even the backyard), make sure it’s fun – because whilst grumpy kid photos are funny from time to time, you don’t want all your photos with them cracking a temper tantrum do you?? Think tactile stuff too – water, sand, mud, leaves and having kids play in and with other earthy stuff (and animals too) always helps grab a nice pic.

Young Child and Dog Playing in Muddy River

This photo has all the elements – mud, water, a dog and a dirty, content child. Just perfect!

3. Get down to their level

 As with all photography, it’s important to think in perspective. And kids have a very different perspective to grown ups so be sure to capture that. Get down to their level, actually see what they see and capture those moments.

Cute little girl walking in the woods

Getting down to their level – this has captured so much more by looking through the eyes of a child.

4. Ask Them Questions

 If you’re photographing a shy child or even a friend’s child then take a moment to ask them questions to engage them and grab different expressions. Ask them about things they don’t like, things they love, what they want to be when they grow up. Answering each of these questions will elicit different emotions and facial expressions from the child which are key to great character photos.

5. Whisper Their Name

Little children can sometimes be difficult to photograph especially when they know you’ve got a camera. It can really throw them off their game. To capture a really lovely photo, leave your little one play a while then once they’re engrossed in their game, gently whisper their name, loud enough to head but quiet enough so as not to startle them. When they raise or turn their head be ready to photograph them. If you catch it just right, the photo will be priceless.

Photographing your kids is super-simple because let’s face it, if you’re a parent, we do it every day so we’re pretty well-practiced. However these simple tips will help you grab better quality and more natural photographs of the kids that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

Have fun!

 

 

 

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This tells a story in itself. Little feet. Wet weather. Fun. Happiness. Yep, it's all there.

5 Tips for capturing special moments on a smartphone

Whilst we live in a digital world with the power of a high quality camera at our fingertips, it’s often that we forget to capture everyday moments because we’re so caught up in them. Here’s 6 tips for effectively (and effortlessly) capturing those special moments on your smartphone so we you can enjoy them again and again for years to come.

1. Keep your smartphone on you

The best type of camera is the one you’re carrying with you. It’s not always convenient to carry your bulky DSLR camera with you all the time but chances are, your iphone or other smartphone is with you when you’re out and about. And nowadays most smartphones have better cameras in them than most digital cameras.  However it’s one thing having your smartphone with you, it’s another knowing how to quickly activate your smartphone camera when you need it. Many smartphones including the iPhone will allow you to use the camera app without having to unlock the phone first which makes it even quicker to capture the moment on your phone as it happens.

2. Live in the moment

Often we allow life to ‘live us’ instead of the other way around. We’re too busy getting somewhere to enjoy the journey getting there. Don’t forget to take a moment to live in the moment. To be mindful of what’s happening around you. To actually see what’s happening in the right here and now instead of thinking about what’s next.

 

Don’t wait for the perfect pose

While you’re waiting for that perfect pose, the perfect family photo, that perfect smile, you’ve possibly missed the most perfect moments of craziness, silliness, fun or even tantrums. Capturing the moment is exactly that – capturing that exact moment, no posing required.

 

No stagnant sitting and smiling shots here, just real life.

No stagnant sitting and smiling shots here, just real life.

3. Think beyond the big picture

When we’re capturing our moments quite often we try to capture everything. From the background to the foreground and everything in between. But often it’s the tiniest things that tell you the most about that point in time. Find a focus point and run with it. Take a little girl splashing in puddles for example. Sure a whole-of-scene photo is on the cards but then think close ups, of facial expressions, of boots, of reflections in the puddles, oh the list goes on. It pays to think outside the square and beyond the big picture to really tell the story.

This tells a story in itself. Little feet. Wet weather. Fun. Happiness. Yep, it's all there.

This tells a story in itself. Little feet. Wet weather. Fun. Happiness. Yep, it’s all there.

4. The set up

If you’re in anticipation of capturing great moments, take a moment for yourself to think about the background and where you’re likely to get the best shot from without disturbing the action. Sometimes just moving yourself to a different position (think high and low positions as well) is enough to take a photographic moment from ‘meh’ to ‘boom’! Take the photo below. The photo is taken from a low position so no background buildings or distractions affect the focal point of the shot and there is a strategic line of wheat captured in foreground to frame the shot. If this photographer stood up to take the same photo it’s possible the moment would be lost in a busy background.

Woman in wheat field

5. Print your memories and share them

It’s one thing to take the perfect photo but it’s another thing to actually print and share your pics. Pick your favourites, edit them using the Pringo App (or any other photo app you like) then print instantly from your mobile with your Pringo smartphone printer. Presto, moment captured, moment saved, moment shared. Yeah!

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