5 Tips for Taking Better Photos of Your Kids

For the sentimental, every day is an opportunity to capture the little pieces of magic that our kids offer us, and with the continual advancements in mobile phone technology we all now have a pretty decent camera at hand. In recent years, we have mastered the selfie, and with the introduction of portrait mode in many mobile cameras, we can now create more professional looking portraits with blurred backgrounds.  But what we are often missing from our photos is the story. We have the who, but not the what, the where, or the why. These are the elements of an image that allow us to be storytellers and create lasting memories for us and our children.

 

Here are 5 tips so YOU can make more meaningful memories for you and your kids.

[All photos were taken with my kinda crappy phone]

1. Getting Started with the “Rule of Thirds”   We are so lucky here in South Australia with so many beautiful beaches for us to explore all year round. Lots of open space and lots of beaches also means plenty of opportunity to put the basics of the rule of thirds into practice. When the horizon is included in our photos we have a tendency to put it in the middle of our image. Rather, consider placing the horizon line on either the bottom or top third of the image, as this is more appealing to the eye.  If you want to know more about how you can apply the rule of thirds to your photos, google it. There are a million websites that will walk you through it. But always remember, once you know the rules, don't be afraid to break them!

1. Getting Started with the “Rule of Thirds”

We are so lucky here in South Australia with so many beautiful beaches for us to explore all year round. Lots of open space and lots of beaches also means plenty of opportunity to put the basics of the rule of thirds into practice. When the horizon is included in our photos we have a tendency to put it in the middle of our image. Rather, consider placing the horizon line on either the bottom or top third of the image, as this is more appealing to the eye.

If you want to know more about how you can apply the rule of thirds to your photos, google it. There are a million websites that will walk you through it. But always remember, once you know the rules, don't be afraid to break them!

2. Take a Step Back   Capturing the environment around your children helps to answer the where and the why of the story behind the photo. So rather than always getting up close, take a step back, consider their surrounds and how it might add to the memory. It can be the difference between just a cute smile and a proud three year old who conquered the "biggest slide ever!"

2. Take a Step Back

Capturing the environment around your children helps to answer the where and the why of the story behind the photo. So rather than always getting up close, take a step back, consider their surrounds and how it might add to the memory. It can be the difference between just a cute smile and a proud three year old who conquered the "biggest slide ever!"

3. Consider the Light   Light is everything! What is the source of light in your picture and which direction is it coming from? In this photo I have positioned myself between the kids and the setting sun so that their faces are well lit. If I was on the other side, with the sun behind them, it is likely that they would fall into the shadows and you would miss out on the cute details of things like his super adorable smile.

3. Consider the Light

Light is everything! What is the source of light in your picture and which direction is it coming from? In this photo I have positioned myself between the kids and the setting sun so that their faces are well lit. If I was on the other side, with the sun behind them, it is likely that they would fall into the shadows and you would miss out on the cute details of things like his super adorable smile.

4. Capture Your Every Day   Don't wait for the perfect time to pull out your camera. The perfect moment doesn't exist. It is our everyday, candid, unposed, real moments that will hold a special place in our hearts in years to come. This is one of my favourite snaps of my kids. Juggling kids with the weekly grocery shop is such a huge and often challenging part of our everyday life. Getting through it without a complete meltdown is total accomplishment, and the tactics I have employed to achieve this have been varied and often hilarious. This day, they basically ate their entire dinner at the supermarket on this empty shelf. It was as close to taking them to a restaurant as we would get!

4. Capture Your Every Day

Don't wait for the perfect time to pull out your camera. The perfect moment doesn't exist. It is our everyday, candid, unposed, real moments that will hold a special place in our hearts in years to come. This is one of my favourite snaps of my kids. Juggling kids with the weekly grocery shop is such a huge and often challenging part of our everyday life. Getting through it without a complete meltdown is total accomplishment, and the tactics I have employed to achieve this have been varied and often hilarious. This day, they basically ate their entire dinner at the supermarket on this empty shelf. It was as close to taking them to a restaurant as we would get!

5. Get in the Frame   I can't say this enough. Parents please, get in the frame! We document our kids lives, not just for us, but also for them, and for their children and so on. Your kids think the world of you. In fact, when they are little, you are their entire world, so you should also be part of their photos, and their memories. So every now and then, like we did back in the day, hand your phone over to someone else, and ask them if they can take the photo for you!

5. Get in the Frame

I can't say this enough. Parents please, get in the frame! We document our kids lives, not just for us, but also for them, and for their children and so on. Your kids think the world of you. In fact, when they are little, you are their entire world, so you should also be part of their photos, and their memories. So every now and then, like we did back in the day, hand your phone over to someone else, and ask them if they can take the photo for you!