Over the last few years, children’s photography has become increasingly popular, and it is expected to continue to expand in the near future. The market isn’t as crowded as, say, wedding photography, and you don’t need a lot of expensive equipment to get started. It all comes down to technique and practise, and that’s what this article is all about: how to get beautiful photographs of children and how to coax them into cooperating while still having fun.
While we have a guide for lifestyle newborn and baby photography, children’s photography is a different ballgame. Children travel rapidly and are able to communicate their thoughts and needs. These are some of the most difficult obstacles in children’s photography. Visit techmong.com for more photography and vlogging guides.
In this beginners’ guide to kids photography, we’ll cover everything from how to snap sharp pictures while your subject is moving quickly to how to keep kids entertained during the photo shoot.
AI Servo is the Canon name for it, while AF-C is the Nikon name. When your camera detects moving subjects, such as children running around, it will automatically adjust its focus.
Children are never still; they are always on the move. Setting your focus mode to Continuous Focus is important to avoid blurry images because you want to let the kids do their thing and be as natural as possible.
You don’t have to be concerned about this if you use your phone camera. The phone camera’s focus is usually quick to adjust, but just before you shoot, tap quickly on the part you want to focus on.
To capture everything, use continuous/burst mode.
Things can happen in a flash, and you don’t want to miss a cute moment by pressing the shutter one second too early or late.
Maintain continuous/burst mode on your camera at all times, and press the shutter button for a few seconds to catch their action.
To stop blurry images while using a DSLR, make sure your shutter speed is high (faster than 1/200, or 1/500 if they’re running around).
Close-up shots should have a shallow depth of field.
When shooting closeups, you want to keep the eye on the child and eliminate any distracting background elements. To draw attention to them, use an aperture of f/2.8 or lower.
If you’re taking pictures of your kids with an iPhone, use Portrait mode if it’s available. Alternatively, you can download apps like Camera FV-5 that allow you to manually set this.
Experiment with various heights and angles.
Positioning your camera at various angles and heights with children will produce a wide range of results.
By putting your camera on the same level as their head, you can get a realistic view of their height. Shoot from a high angle to highlight their small scale, or from the ground level for a more artistic look.
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Concentrate on the eyes.
Set the spotlight on the eyes, just as you would for a portrait. Even if something else isn’t, this is the part that needs to be laser-focused. Before taking a picture with your phone camera, tap on the child’s eyes.
In post-production, correct the composition.
When it comes to children’s photography, the composition takes a back seat during the shoot. Children move quickly, and you may only have a few seconds to capture a particular moment, expression, or action.
So here’s a tip: don’t get too caught up in the composition.
Your main goal is to capture the moment and keep the topics in sharp focus. You can still crop and recompose in post-production, and it also gives you the opportunity to experiment with different framing and composition.
Select the ideal venue.
We’ve heard that location is crucial, and we agree. However, when photographing children, it’s critical to choose a place where they can run around and play. It’s always a good idea to go to a park or a playground. Consider locations with a brightly coloured backdrop, as this will immediately add a happy atmosphere to your photographs.
If your choices are minimal, the photo shoot can be held at the family’s house, either indoors or outdoors (for example, in the backyard). To reduce distracting elements in the picture, choose a location with a plain background.
Bring toys and be their mate.
Children may be fearful of strangers, and this fear is reflected in the photographs. Set aside some time before the photo shoot to introduce yourself, talk, and play with them.
Pro tip: Bringing toys for them to play with during the session is extremely beneficial. They’ll warm up to you, and you can even use the toys as props! Plastic balls, bubbles, and a waggon are often popular with children.
Capture the feelings.
The most valuable photographs in children’s photography are those that depict genuine emotions and feelings. These are the images that the family will treasure for many years to come.
Allow the children to play and enjoy themselves; provide them with their favourite toys; or be a funny clown who makes them laugh. Always be prepared to catch these sincere feelings.
Observe the regular.
It’s tough to get children to pose for long periods of time. Even if you could, you wouldn’t be able to catch their innocence or the memories associated with their childhood.
The best approach is to watch them and photograph anything that happens, even though it seems insignificant. The kids giggling and laughing, rolling around on the floor, looking for mama are all part of the everyday moments that the family can remember.
Make sure the kids are having fun.
The best time to photograph children is when they are at their happiest, which is after they have had ample sleep and food. If you’re doing a photo shoot, try to time it after they’ve had their nap and eaten their lunch. The best pictures are taken by happy children, and it also makes your job easier.
If you find yourself in a more difficult situation, Clickin Moms has some helpful tips for photographing uncooperative children.
Print the images for your Client
Include printed images from your session to give your work more value. Digital files are useful, but they can’t provide the same level of personalization and satisfaction as printed images. You could offer to print the images as children’s photobooks, home decor products, or picture prints.
Assist your clients in realising the value of having a memento of their children’s childhood. Present the goods to demonstrate the importance of buying something they can keep as a family heirloom, and make it simple for your customers to choose and purchase the items.
Pro tip: don’t sell the items separately; instead, include them in your box. This approach has proven to be effective in increasing product sales.