By photographer Sally Goodall
- Light – Light can make or break an image. The best time to take portraits is in the golden hour right before sunset. Everything is soft and even. It’s not always ideal to shoot at this time so best to go for outdoors, or close to a big window indoors.
- Avoid the sun – Try to avoid harsh sunshine. If it’s a bright sunny day try to get the kids in solid shade. Avoid dappled light(your camera won’t be able to handle the contrast between the highlights and the shadows).
- Location – When photographing children I always find it best to take them to an environment where they are most comfortable. This may be a local park, the beach, etc. I try to go for large open spaces so you have lots of room to move, that way too you will have a few options where the light is good. Try to avoid background clutter.
- Make it fun – keep it interesting for the kids so you can capture those raw emotions. Props are such a playful idea. I find bubbles are great for keeping their attention and it also allows you the freedom to get in nice and close while they are distracted. The light will be gorgeous on the kiddies faces as they are often looking up with bright wide eyes.
- Avoid posing – try to steer away from the typical cheese shot. It’s best just to let kids be kids, that way their beautiful natural smiles and personalities will shine through. I try to capture the good the bad and the crazy.
- Fill the frame – get in nice and close and concentrate on their emotions. Especially if the background is too distracting then this is a great option to concentrate on the face. When doing this I always focus on their eyes. This engages the viewer with the subject straight from the get go and has more impact.
- Eye level – get down to their eye level so we can see what’s going on in their world.
- Be creative – go for different angles. Don’t be afraid to mix it up and try something new.
- Be still – Try to keep nice and still when taking your shots. This avoids blurry images.
- Be patient & have fun – I simply like to document children at play but this takes loads of patience. It also helps if you interact with the kiddies. I often play games with them… putting my camera down at times to simply engage them. If you are having fun the kids will have fun!!
Look out this Sunday for Sally’s tips on Taking Photos of children at the beach
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