Do you have a child and want to take beautiful pictures of them?
Take a look at these two pictures of gorgeous Alani as an example:
- Alani is aged 6 which means she has consistent energy levels and a good attention span.
- Location is an important factor – may as well work in a space they love. This one is outdoors with lots of grass and leaves.
- A well rested, fed and alert child is helpful! This was taken at 11am-ish in the morning.
- Lighting is king of course – with a Alani it was a full sun day and she was captured in the shade to give smooth illumination across her face with the added bonus of catch light in her eyes to give life.
- In the Portrait (left) her mood is calm. She’s nibbling her lower lip as though she’s been caught doing something or perhaps has a secret to share.
- The Childhood capture tells a different story about action, movement and exhilaration. She is being swung around by her Dad and the wind has caught her hair. She looks care-free, happy and has a big wide-open joyful grin.
Assessing your child’s favourite location, their age, and the right time of day for them, you can increase your likelihood of achieving awesome portraits that capture their childhood.
And there’s another thing to add here – make sure you chill out and follow the natural flow of your child’s energy and limitations.
Their energy levels go up and down, from calm to boisterous to calm again. Consider it like being on a surfboard, so ride that wave baby!
Be as prepared as you can be, so when that wave comes you can go with it.
In the example here with Alani, if she suddenly sits down and starts reading a book, then follow her lead. Sit down with her, come in close.
Then, if Dad suddenly comes into the scene and starts to swing her around, it would be fair enough to expect her energy to rise. Then that’s your moment for an action Childhood picture with high energy.
- Set up your light and space first that suit your child.
- Look for the best light.
- Then have fun and go for it.
‘If’ is the key word – if ‘X’ happens, how will you react, and what will you then do? Ride that wave!
This short lesson has been selected to share with you from the Children theme of the creative online camera course, Your Camera, Your World.