This change in our new normal means that a lot of really cute Easter dresses won’t be purchased and or worn this year either.
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A lot of families are mixing it up and salvaging the annual tradition of getting really dressed up for this Christian holiday that culminates the Season of Lent by having at-home photo shoots and sharing the photos online with family and friends.
Given that my children would certainly not sit patiently for a photo shoot at ages 17, 15 and 12, I’ll be using some of the tactics shared by Mark Condon at Shotkit.
He laid out 29 awesome ways to photograph children.
Check out that post HERE. Here are just 5 of my faves of his tips:
Tip #18: Alter your perspective
I mentioned earlier that getting down at their level can really help when photographing children.
Well it’s now time to break that rule, but we’re still going to be using an angle of view that’s not normal.
Photographing kids from above can give an interesting perspective.
If you have a tilting LCD screen on your camera, you’ll find this much easier – look at the final tip in this series for cameras I recommend that have this feature.
Tip #18: Use scale
This can be as simple as putting the child on a large arm chair, having them wear adult boots, or stepping right back to shoot them from a distance against a large object such as a wall.
Tip #21: Focus on body parts
The photo of a baby’s hand clutching daddy’s finger is a bit overdone in baby photography, but it’s still a good one.
Don’t be afraid to crop out everything else and focus just on a single hand, the eyes, the feet, or whatever you find cute.
Including another object or element to highlight how small the body part is will also help tell the story.
Tip #15: Get them talking
Ask them a question and wait until they start answering it before raising the camera to your eye. Or even take a quick snap of them thinking.
When the child is talking or thinking they’ll be distracted from your camera, which should allow you to get a natural looking photo… or just one of complete boredom/frustration like the one above!
Tip #3: Get down to their level
Try and take the majority of photos of your child at their eye level. This may mean bending down, or even laying on the floor.
If you’re photographing more than one child, try and make yourself the same height as the tallest child (unless they’re tall, in which case get them to bend down to match the height of the smaller child).
You can get creative with your compositions to exaggerate the size of your child by getting lower than their eye level and shooting upwards.