We can’t afford a professional photographer more than once or twice a year, so it is up to you as the parent to get great pictures of your children the rest of the time. Here are a 5 easy tips for taking better phone/point and shoot pictures of your children.
If you take a picture from your point of view just like the image below you get a great picture of the top of your kids head. This view is neither interesting nor flattering.
Here I moved myself in front of her and bent down to get to her level. You can already see the difference in the quality of composition.
Now that you know how to bend down and move around a little for a better picture, you can learn about the rule of thirds. Your subject doesn’t always have to be in the middle. Here I decided to have B a little to the side so she eases into the picture.
Learning about composition will get you far. When you got that down, it’s time to pay attention to the background. Here my daughter was feeding the pony at a petting zoo. It was such a sweet moment. I had a couple of seconds to decide which side I wanted to take the picture. I noticed the flowers in the background, the other side had a chicken coop. So I decided on the flowers, got low and snapped a picture.
Sometimes all you have to do is to move in closer for a nice portrait. In the picture below you can see a lot of empty space around the baby that isn’t very interesting.
Move in a little closer and you get a cute little portrait without the wasted space around her. Heck you can even see the dribble of drool on her lower lip.
Get creative, try different angles. When you know the rules, it is time to break them. In the picture below I took the picture from my view but the baby was looking up towards me. So we broke the rule of getting low, but with her looking up we created an interesting angle.
While in this one I got lower then my subject while using the rule of third, and background. It creates movement and we seem more with her in action.
Kids are unpredictable and will within seconds create a moment that needs recording. I always carry my phone with me no matter what. Running around the house, doing laundry doesn’t matter it’s in my pocket just in case something fun happens.
It takes only a second for them to create the moment, and another second to get out of the moment. Be ready!
I hope these 5 easy tips for taking better phone/point and shoot pictures of your children helps. Our children are little only once and we want to remember and document as many precious moments as we possibly can. If you have any extra tips I would love to hear it in the comments below.