I’ve been photographing little ones for over 15 years and I wanted to share a few of my secrets to getting great candid photos. One of my very favorites and most likely the easiest is:
- Turn the beep off on your camera. Seriously! If you want to capture candid moments there is no way you will accomplish that with the beep of your camera going off. Sometimes the shutter will give you away, but the beep is a dead give-a-way!
Another easy one is:
- Get down to their level. If you are down at their level your photos will instantly become more engaging. I love laying on the floor when the littles are playing or sitting in a chair when they are at the table so my photos are more eye to eye with them. It’s more intimate.
While you are down at your little one’s level,
- Photograph the details, like little hands holding the blocks or their creations that they are making during craft time. Sometimes as parents we want to get ‘everything’ in the photo, you can do that in many photos with the details and pulling them together in the story. It tells the story so much better with all the little details.
Before all these things:
- Try to set up the stage (so to speak) also known as the yard or park or playroom, before you take your camera out so that you don’t have to say no. I do this a lot when I photographing others little ones. I don’t want to ever feel like they are not safe or that I have to tell them no. I want to have uninhibited fun. A little planning goes a long way with this.
Something I think we forget about or put too much pressure on ourselves to get the perfect for but if you do this, I promise you will get good ones in there.
- Take lots of photos, like lots. Especially with kids, their expressions change so fast. In a quick space of 2 minutes, you can capture so many expressions, I just love it! One time I made a collage of all the faces that Izzy made in a space of like 3 minutes and its one of my very favorite collages of her. It’s so IZZY!
AND now for the BONUS tip:
* BONUS: Keep your camera out at all times. I have a little Fujifilm x-A3 that I keep on the armoire so that I grab it at a moments notice, I don’t have to get my fancy camera out of the camera bag or go running to the other room to get it and then miss the moment. I’ve gotten some amazing moments of my kids together with just having my camera available at arms reach. Our phones have really helped with this too.