Tips For Taking Better Pictures of Your Kids This Summer(1)

Tips for Taking Better Pictures of Your Kiddos This Summer

I love taking pictures of my children but I am not sure that my kids feel the same about having their pictures taken.

When my babies were born, I developed a newfound admiration for newborn and family photographers who seemed to always get that perfect shot of the little ones they photographed. As for me, I gave up trying to get my children to pose for pictures not too long after we took them home from the hospital. Once they learned to walk, I just about lost all hope of ever getting a proper photo of them. That is when I realized I was going about this the wrong way.

Looking back at the pictures I have taken, I noticed that my favorites were not the ones where I told them where to stand and smile but the ones capturing moments of spontaneity. In fact, the best ones were the ones that triggered my memories and actually told a story. It was then that I realized that the most important factor in getting a good picture of my children had little to do with whether or not they sat or stood the precise way I asked them to, but had everything to do with where I was standing and when/how I chose to capture the moment.

As I mentioned on a previous post, one of my goals this year is to learn how to take better pictures. With summer well on its way and all the excitement it brings, I thought now would be a great time to review some photography tips.

This week as I was looking over my blog reading list, I stumbled upon a video that I found to be incredibly inspiring. Check out this amazing video about mommy photographer, Elena Shumilova and see for yourself:

 

Beautiful right?!! Talk about photography goals! After watching this video my eyes were filled with tears and I was convinced I needed to move to a farm!

Somehow I am not surprised that Elena’s pictures have reached more than 60 million views online.

Last year, Elena graciously shared a beautiful video with four simple tips on how to take better pictures of children. Check out her video below:

 

 

Here are her four tips for you to review:

  1. Photograph them every day
  2. Clothes shouldn’t be distracting
  3. Photograph when it’s a good time for them
  4. Relax. Have fun!

While I realize there is a lot more skill involved in capturing images like Elena’s, I think these four tips are a great place to start improving.

If watching these videos sparked your imagination and desire to learn more, here are some additional resources I found helpful:

8 tips for capturing your own children

Tips for capturing the details in lifestyle photography

Month by month baby photo ideas

Get your kids on board with your photography

If you are really serious about improving your photography and have a some cash to spare, you can check out these workshops offered by Clickinmoms.com. Although I have not had a chance to enroll in any of them yet, they look very interesting.

Here are a few of my favorite candid shots from the last few weeks:

What do you think?

If you have an Instagram account and would like to share your summer adventures with me and others from the Of Faith And Family community, I am starting the hashtag #offaithandfamily_summer. Feel free to tag the pictures you already took and the ones that are yet to come.

I look forward to seeing what y’all are up to and, who knows, maybe I will have a post at the end of summer with my favorites from the list.

 

Did you like this post? Was it helpful to you? I look forward to hearing from you in the comments below.

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