Three simple top tips to help you take better photographs of your own children at home. Taking good photographs of your own children is not easy! Trust me I have two reluctant “models” of my own! Scroll down to get three top tips to help get the best from your children during picture time. Find out more about my family photography services here.

1) Get down to their level

Get down to their level. Don’t shoot down onto them. Crouch down, get involved with what they are doing. Not only does the image have much more impact composition wise but they feel more involved. Ask them questions, get them to show you a toy or explain what they are creating.

2) Make them laugh

Sing songs, tell jokes (toilet humour is always a winner with younger ones) or play music. For older ones ask them questions about friends and teachers and favourite hobbies. The more relaxed they are the more natural-looking your images will be. I always strive for real smiles not ‘say cheese’ ones!

3) Find the light!

Avoid using flash. If possible get outside or find natural light at home by a window. I use natural light where possible as its flattering and soft. Get in close (with your legs – don’t use the camera to zoom in from a mile away!) and get capturing. If the sun is very strong you can ‘backlight’ your subject and have them turn away from the sun – no squinting required!

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