A lot of parents have been asking for tips on taking pictures of their kids. First off, I’m a Canon girl. I still shoot with my Canon 5D from more than 6 years ago and I love it. One day, I’ll upgrade to the 5DMark II but I’m so attached to my baby (yes, I baby my camera!) that I don’t know when that will happen. I try not to shoot with flash if at all possible. I prefer to use natural light whenever I can.
Here’s my first, and hopefully not last post with some basic tips. Find the light! My house is really, really dark. I have dark floors, dark shutters and the natural light that comes in is limited. So what do I do? Open the front door and let the light shine in! You can also use large windows as your light source. I used E as my model and had her sit on the floor about 5 feet away from the door. Of course, she only sat there for a few seconds and then came running towards me trying to get outside. I shot all these with my 85mm 1.2 lens and I was just outside the door. Kids are unpredictable so just keep your finger on the shutter and capture the moments – even when the kids aren’t doing what you ask them to do. Rather than stop and try to force them to pose or look at the camera, remember to look for the natural expressions that really portray your child’s personality.
Finally, try to get in front of the camera too! I am guilty of this one. If you’re anything like me, you are the one taking all the pictures. I realized that my kids are going to look back on their pictures and wonder where I was all the time because I was rarely in the pictures with them. I used the tripod and timer on my camera and although it was a slight pain running back and forth trying to get one good shot, it was worth it. Is it the best picture? No, but I’m happy to be in it! Dust off your tripods and get in front of the camera!