We had a great weekend with a pool full of kids celebrating preschool graduation. I haven’t had a moment to download the pictures, but it did get me thinking about photographing kids. Now that summer is here, it is the time when children spend long afternoons playing with friends and exploring their surroundings. These carefree days provide the perfect opportunity to photograph children in a candid way. So, forget the studios and backdrops and instead, choose to capture those perfectly imperfect moments that childhood is made of.
1. Choose an environment that allows for exploration. Your shots will be more candid if you let children roam around and play. After all, that is what children do best!
2. Relax. When you (the photographer) are calm and relaxed, your children will respond in a more natural way.
3. Shoot from different perspectives. Photograph them from above or behind to really get a sense of how they relate to their surroundings.
4. Use props or toys to provide comfort and encourage play. This is particularly effective if you are photographing shy children.
5. Get the parents involved. Nothing is more beautiful than the bond between children and their parents.
I’d love to see some of your favorite photos of your kids. Share a link here!