I’ll be showing you how to take great photos of your kids on your phone. You’ll be able to get some amazing shots with these tips!
Get on their level
Crouching down to their level is one of my best tips. Towering over kids and looking down at them creates a disconnection where as being down at their eye level puts yourself in their world and makes it easier to connect to your child. Photos of kids from their perspective always feel more human.
Look for light
Light is a photographers best friend. Typically bright light will look unflattering or harsh so look out for soft light. This could be window light on a dull day, low sunset rays, or even bright sun hiding behind trees. You can use the light behind for dreamy style shots or be more creative with the light in front shining on their faces to make them glow.
Aways be ready
Your kids will never sit naturally and pose on their own and making them do so can be a challenge. Some of the best shots are running around and laughing and being them selves. Try to train yourself to recognise when smiles and laughter will occur and snap that perfect moment.
Don’t take photos of your kids
This tip doesn’t exactly fit into the title of this post but it’s my favourite point. Phones are disconnection devises. Have you ever been to a restaurant and seen a couple who spend all their time on their phone? You end up wondering why they are together.
Similarly your kids don’t want to see you always behind you phone, disconnected from the real life in front of you. We need to live in the moment and really connect with one another so we can enjoy the memories.
My favourite scene in any movie comes from the Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Ben Stiller’s character spends the whole movie trying to find a Photographer played by Sean Penn. He finally tracks him down up a mountain in Afghanistan. Sean is crouched with his camera hoping to photograph a snow leopard in the mountains, and sure enough he sees one. The scene last a while in silence as they both watch the snow leopard before Ben asks when he is going to take the photo? Sean says:
“Sometimes I don’t. If I like a moment, for me, personally, I don’t like to have the distraction of the camera. I just want to stay in it.”