But don’t worry these few simple tips will have you putting me out of a job:
My Top 10 Tip to taking better photos of your children:
1. If your sole purpose of heading out on that day is to get some nice pictures, turn it into an adventure. You know how your child’s fave characters are, who they love to imagine to be, so tell them you are heading out to have an adventure, you will be exploring xxx, and they can take 1 of their fave toys with them.
2. Do not go out when it's nap time, food time, or they have done a big activity and burned loads of energy off. If i’ve been for a run and then my dog wants to go straight out for a 3hr walk, I know that i’m going to run out of energy, not enjoy it and most likely want to curl up and have a nap half way through!
3. If you want them to look at your camera lens/phone then for little ones you tell them this ‘ sometimes when you are really quiet a fish appears in my camera lens (point to where you want them to look), he changes colour too, can you see him’? Now I promise you, you either get a straight forward yes, or no, if you get the no tell them they need to look again and maybe they were too loud, too active. If you get the ‘yes’ act like an over excited children’s TV presenter ‘wow, really what colour is he? Maybe he is going to change colour? What colour is he now?’
4. Whilst you are doing the above this is the time to get your camera to focus on one of their eyes (the one closest to you) and snap away.
5. Get down to their level, see the world through their eyes, keep them chatting and then you can take those beautiful candid shots too!