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Children Look Great On Canvas Prints

Top tips for getting great shots of children

Most of us love to take photos of our families but it can be hard to get the youngest subjects to play along for long enough! Whether they are dancing and running around out of shot, refusing to smile or pulling over-the-top gameshow style grins, the old adage about not working with kids or pets tends to spring to mind! However all is not lost – our tips for photographing children will help you to get the perfect shot.

1. Don’t force it

Kids will respond much more naturally to a photograph if you follow their lead. Remember, if you ask them to stand in a certain place and smile, they probably won’t. Instead, encourage them to roam and interact with props and their surroundings. This will allow you to capture natural expressions and smiles as they happen – rather than ending up with a stilted and forced image.
Top tips for getting great shots of children
2. Forget the smile

Don’t get obsessed with capturing smiles – just look to show off their personality with all the other expressions on offer! Children look wonderfully natural when they are just interacting with the world around them, rather than being forced to smile on demand. Try to capture those grins, frowns, grimaces and quirks that show exactly who they are. If you are struggling to get an expression, ask them a question – how far can they jump? What makes the colour red?

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3. Make them feel comfortable

Kids hate feeling as though they are performing to specification, so just allow them to feel at home. There’s no reason to be indoors either for their portrait; get outdoors to a location that is special to you both, whether that’s the park, a garden or the beach. Familiarity and fun are both key ingredients to a great child-centred shot.

4. Keep holding the camera

You’ll always miss the best photo opportunity as soon as you put the camera down, so just make sure your energy matches that of your subjects! Keep watching, shooting and experimenting with the creativity of the occasion and your fantastic subjects. You’ll find too that if they begin by being silly and pulling faces, they’ll eventually drop the act and suddenly show their real selves.

5. Drop down a level

Adults are big! So drop down to their level, quite literally, and you’ll suddenly be less threatening and more approachable. You’ll find that the perspective works much better too and removes any odd angles.

6. Be fast

You’ll need to use your camera on its fastest shutter speed alongside a high ISO. This will allow you to ‘freeze’ those moments which play out at high speed. Auto cameras will usually show these as options for a high-speed or sports shot.

7. Mix things up

Take head shots, body shots, moving shots, and focus shots on hands, faces and feet. Keep moving around and being fluid as your subjects change up their poses, activities and pace. Remember too that by being flexible yourself, you can catch sneaky shots just as your subjects forget about you – leading to some beautiful truly photography that tends to occur when children are suddenly completely immersed in what they are doing.

8. Don’t stress

If it’s just not working for whatever reason, don’t force the photography session. Above all, photography of children should be fun for the kids and the photographer alike. Don’t be afraid to reschedule to a better time without stress or drama; it will reinforce to the kids that they are in control and help them to view the experience as something that is fun and an extension of their everyday playtime. You’ll love the results when they are in the mood!

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Seal the Deal with Your Decisions

If, you’ve established your morning energizer ones and have decided that you can add a bit more fuel to your boring or daunting morning chores to make them seem fun and thrilling. But by now you are wondering, what is next?

Well, it’s time to take the next big step and seal the deal with those decisions of yours. The right way! Not the lazy way, or the “I’ll do it later” procrastinator way. No?what YOU need is a PLAN so that you can do it the right way.

So, let’s say you read this writing in its entirety and said to yourself, “Alright, well, I like yoga and I’ll try to imagine more! Easy.” No, no, no! It’s not that simple. See, three to five months from now when you are waking up it will be that easy. But right now? These are just words that we are throwing around so that we can figure out what to do when the sun shines through your curtains and past your window!

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To put these words to action, however, we need to develop these thoughts and turn them from a plan into a HABIT! Seal the deal with your decisions. Don’t go around half-thinking something that you just decided within a few moments. You really think you’ll remember that when you wake up? And even if you did, do you honestly believe you’d be as successful that way as if you were to have it memorized and prepared beforehand? What happens if you practice for a speech a few hours before delivering it? Hmm? You might not do well that way.

But then let’s take that same speech and give you a week to prepare for it. If you used all your time to practice performing that speech, do you think you’d do better? What happens then, as opposed to when you only had a few hours to cram for the performance? You do much better now as you have more confidence. And where does this stem
from?

Proper memorization, not needing to worry about proper tone of voice or volume, and an overall feeling of mastery over it because you have practiced it so often that now you believe you are in control of the speech rather than the speech being in control of you. You now accept questions open from the crowd, you stand up straight, and you don’t stutter. You even have ample time to pay close attention to detail, react to your audience accordingly, and realize that you own this performance because it’s run by you.

All of these factors that go into creating the perfect speech also go into creating the perfect morning! Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that you need to go and practice for your mornings like you are really experiencing them or perform an act like you’re rehearsing for a play. No?rather, you want to write down the things which you will be doing. You want to make a list of backups in case THOSE don’t go according to plan. You want to make sure you have the correct mindset before going to sleep. You want to prepare mentally and maybe physically for the things you will be doing.

Maybe using your imagination in the morning sounds absolutely ridiculous to you! So make it your main focus to practice that specifically. That way, when you allow yourself to let loose and have a bit of fun with lame or daunting stuff, you still take yourself seriously. No matter what you have to do, do it.

Try to come up with as many things as you can that you need to prepare so that your morning goes along right. Then, after you establish this, run through the list and begin acting upon the ones which need practice, or do some other form of preparation (either mental or physical). Just remember that the more you get used to the routine now, the less difficult each morning will be from then on because you already provided yourself with the equipment to lead.

Now, if you want to take that equipment and begin walking ahead with it, then that’s fine. But at the same time, don’t rush too much. Just do enough that you can see the benefits down the road or to the point that it excites you. The key here is to bring out your passion. Not to get you to the point where you’ve practiced it so much that it bores you. Only you know how much is too much, so judge wisely.

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