How fast children grow! One minute your child is a baby, in the next she, is running around. In a flash, she is going to school. Before you know it, you are attending her graduation ceremony. So many memories, so many milestones achieved and not many good pictures clicked to reminisce those moments. Every parent should know how to photograph her child. A few basic rules will help you take good pictures of your child through her years of growing up.
- Be patient and anticipate the picture. First and foremost do not feel rushed. Just relax and get totally involved when photographing small children, go with their mood sense and action. Remember that children are high energy bundles. They are very active and not always willing to listen to instructions on how to pose. Capture them doing their favourite activities and many of these photos will come out naturally. They will show your children in their own world. When various emotions and moods are captured, you get a set of precious memories that you can look at over and over again.
- By observing your child’s activities over time, you will have an idea as to which situation will lead to that particular moment that you wish to capture. By anticipating the situation, you will be able to time the perfect shot.
- Get down to their eye level. When we shoot pictures from a higher level it shows our perspective of their world. When you get down to their level you get to capture the world as viewed by children. So, don’t be shy to get down on your knees or tummy to get that perfect picture. Often, I am on my tummy on the floor trying to get the best shot.
- Focus on those beautiful expressive eyes. This is a must. If the eyes are not in focus, when you look at the picture, you will feel that something is missing. You need to get reflections of light in your child’s eye to make them sparkle. When shooting outdoors, the rule is to position yourself so that your child is in the shade looking towards the light. If you are shooting indoors, use windows as a source of light. Try and position your baby facing the window.
- Watch the foreground and background. Remember that child photography is not about the background, the patterns on the wall or the beautiful foliage. Unless you have a valid reason, avoid cluttered foregrounds and backgrounds of your children while photographing them. Visual background clutter will detract attention from the main picture. Choose angles where the background behind your child is clean. If there is clutter, just zoom in closer to her and you will avoid the clutter in your composition. Remember your main aim is to capture your child’s expression or activity and not the surroundings.
Every picture tells a story. I hope the tips outlined above help you remember stories of your children. It is not always about the perfect picture. It is more about the joy one gets in capturing certain moments in their lives that one would otherwise completely forget. Ask me - I am a photoholic mom, who clicks her child every day and has thousands of pictures of her baby. My daughter has been in front of the camera from the minute she popped out of my tummy and I think she believes that the camera is an extension of my face. Just take LOTS and LOTS of pictures. Preserve the photos; life moves fast. Take some physical prints of those timeless moments. An album may be old-fashioned, but it brings its own joys. Your children will grow up - but for you, they will remain your little ones etched forever in visible memories.
The author is a children’s photographer running her own enterprise, Purple Frog Photography. www.purplefrog.co.in
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