1. When photographing children, remember to shoot from their eye
level! Concerning poses, though, let them be “as they are” and try to
capture their natural expressions, emotions and behavior.
2. A sweet pose for kids. Get your subject to lie down on the ground and shoot from a very low angle.
3. Just another variant if your subject is lying on the ground.
4. Very sweet pose for photographing babies. Place the baby in a bed
and cover it with a blanket. For best results, make sure that the colors
of all the bedclothes go well together. White works well.
5. To make kids more relaxed, try to get them hug or play with their favorite teddy bear or any other toy of their choice.
6. Try taking pictures of kids in their everyday environment, for
example, playing their favorite games, doing homework or as in this
example, painting with watercolors. Keeping them busy in a familiar
setting is a good way to get them to cooperate and to make those special
poses you want.
7. It really is a good idea to set everything up so that the kid is
busy with his own “things” and not even noticing your actions. Looking
at a favorite picture book is just one example of how to keep them
“posing” for you.
8. Be attentive and don’t miss the kids heavy laughing or loud
shouting. Such situations always produce very emotional and thus
rewarding shots! But, please, no staged cheese smiles! Avoid fake
emotions at all costs.
9. Use some delicious food items as props. You might be able to
capture very interesting moments photographing children eating some
sweets, ice-cream, fruits etc.
10. Soap bubbles are simply a must-have accessory for children
photography. First of all, children just love them and are really happy
to blow some bubbles. Secondly, you can work creatively and find an
accurate lighting settings to get beautifully illuminated bubbles as an
outstanding visual hook in your photos.
11. When photographing outdoors, you can involve your subject in a
hiding (actually reappearing) game. Get her to hide behind some object –
a big tree for instance – and ask her to peek out of the hide-out. This
is a nice moment to take a picture.
12. Playing in the sand is a very nice setting for photographing
children. They can play and keep themselves busy while you just observe
and take your shots while not disturbing them even one bit.
13. Try some action shots. Give your subjects a ball to play with.
Then aim for an interesting perspective: Shoot from ground level while
introducing the ball as a dominant foreground object.
14. When shooting children and family photos, never forget that pets
are also family members. Involve them into your shots and you will
notice how much joy and emotions that will create.
15. Children’s playground is a very good place for some outdoor shots, it provides endless variations for action shots.
16. If a boy or a girl is into some sports (basketball, football,
tennis etc.) you can take a very special portrait of him or her with the
17. A very nice mother and baby pose. Mother laying on the ground
with a kid on the chest. Alternatively, if the kid is still a toddler,
she could hold him or her in both hands above her. And just a remark on
this one and the following samples with a mother – in all of these
samples the parent might as well be a father, a gender used here is only
for an illustration purposes. And, of course, do involve both parents
in a photo shoot, in any sample here one or both parents are more than
welcome to “join into” the composition.
18. Very simple and natural pose: Mother holding her kid on the hip. Try different head positions.
19. A really touching pose. Just ask the child to hug its mother. Capture their natural emotions for a priceless photo.
20. An engaging, fun and easy pose, which is nevertheless rather
uncommon and original. Ask the mother to lie down on the ground, then
make the kid to sit on and hold on to the mother’s back.
21. This setting is absolutely beautiful for family portraits. Might
be arranged indoors in a bed as well outdoors on the ground. Works very
well in different combinations and with different numbers of subjects,
adults or kids.
And on a final note, first and foremost thing to keep in mind – kids
move around very fast! It’s not only the physical movement in space, but
also the head, eye direction and face expressions – everything changes
constantly and instantly! That means you have to choose fast enough
shutter speeds in order to avoid motion blurred images. Consider forcing
one or two ISO stops above “normal” to gain faster shutter speeds. And
always shoot in continuous shooting mode, taking several frames in a
row. The blink of an eye just takes the blink of an eye. Secure the
moments before and after, too. In the age of digital cameras this costs
nothing, but it can be critical for securing the best shots.