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How to take better photos of your kids

Updated: May 11, 2019

I’ve had the pleasure of photographing loads of kids. It’s honestly such a blessing (and gives me an excuse to act like a big kid), but it does have its challenges.

After taking countless snaps I’ve figured out a couple of gems, to get the best out every photo shoot. I’d like to share some of those with you, so you can make the most out of every special moment!

Get down to their level

There is no better angel then eye level. Yeah, it’s probably easier to just snap from a birds eye view, but the down side is you going to get a strange expression, an over-sized head, no body and maybe some tiny feet in frame – not exactly something you want to hang on the wall.

Shooting at eye level gives you context of where the photo was taken and provides more realistic body proportions.

Run ahead

You’re probably still faster than them, so use this to your advantage. Go to a big park (Delta Park in Randburg is my favourite spots in Joburg ), ran ahead and start snapping away as they come toward you. The bonus is that they’ll be facing you and you’ll get some cool action shots. I often do my best candid family photography this way.

Photograph often

Nowadays we’re so fortunate to have a camera handy at all times. So whip out your phone and get clicking as often as you can. The more you photograph your kids, the more they’ll get used to the camera. They’ll gradually become more natural in front of the camera, instead of feeling like they have to pose.

Photographing kids is such a special privilege. One day they will look back and appreciate the time you took to capture their little adventures, so don’t hold back!

If you've been wanting to have some special moments captured, it's probably time to book a shoot.

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