Today I tried taking a photo of my youngest son…and it was difficult to get him to sit still for a minute! I just had my phone out and was snapping away as I tried to make funny noises and bribe him with pretzels to no avail.
Luckily for us, local photographer Miranda Sober has shared a few tips in this weeks guest blog post. Each of us can learn how to take best kids photos from Miranda. Miranda specializes in maternity, newborn, baby, children, and family photography. I’m pretty sure we can call her an expert.
Here is what she’s learned from her experience:
5 Tips for Taking Pictures of Kids
1. Play a game
Have fun! Not every photo needs to be of your little smiling straight at the camera. Playing games such as ‘ring-around-the-rosy’, ‘who’s the most ticklish’, and ‘hide and seek’ are all fun and easy way’s to distract your little one from the camera.
2. Whatever you do, don’t say cheese
As children, we were all raised to say the ever-famous word, ‘cheese’, when there was a camera in sight. Still today, every child automatically expects to say this word for every photo. Change it up a bit! Just asking them to say ‘mac & cheese’ can be extremely funny to them. ‘Silly goose’ or ‘silly willy’ is always a huge hit.
3. I thought your name was…
Simply calling your little one by the wrong name will create giggles. Stay associated to other individuals they know (“Hi Grandpa Bob! What, your name isn’t Bob?! It has to be Uncle Billy!”). Keep it going like you just simply cannot remember their name, they will get a huge kick out of it!
4. Get on their level
Children view the world in such a beautiful and different way. Photographing the world in which they see it can create a whole new perspective. Don’t be afraid to try new angles.
5. Make it about them, make it special
Allow your little one to see their photo in the camera; they are always amazed at seeing themselves. Ask them if they have any photo ideas or where would be the perfect photo spot. You listening to their opinion goes a long way!
If you are interested in checking out Miranda’s work, here’s how to get in touch with her:
Miranda L. Sober Photography