How To Take Better Pictures of Your Kids

Use Rocks and Flowers as Props

Our Granddaughter, Jazzy, at the park.
Our Granddaughter, Jazzy, at the park. | Source

Tips For Taking Better Pictures of Your Kids

Babies, toddlers and little children can do the cutest things! Who doesn't like to take pictures of their children? But have you taken pictures of your kids when they are doing something really cute, and the pictures just haven’t come out like you wanted them to? Taking really good pictures of little children is no easy task. Here are a few tips on how to take better pictures of your kids.


Be Ready to Catch Those Precious Shots

We have a singer at our house!
We have a singer at our house! | Source

Keep Your Camera Handy!

First of all, you want to keep you camera in a handy location. You never know when those little ones are going to do something adorable and you don’t want to miss that great shot because you can’t find your camera. You also want to be sure that you keep your battery charged up and have plenty of room on your memory card or plenty of film on hand. Once you get started taking pictures of your kids, (or grandkids, in my case), it’s hard to stop!

Take Lots of Candid Shots

Nana, are you taking my picture?
Nana, are you taking my picture? | Source

Take Candid Shots

It's very difficult to get little children to be still long enough for you to try to pose them for pictures. When you try to make them be still, there is usually where the problem begins. You are trying to make them sit still, but they don't want to be still, and now they do not have on their "happy face"! You usually want pictures of your kids when they are happy and smiling, so that is what were are going to take care of here. Some of your best shots are going to be candid shots. Give them something they like to play with. Give them their favorite toy or stuffed animal. Bubbles are a great idea for kids of almost any age! You can have them play with the family pet if you have one. Have someone standing off to the side a little making faces or noises that will make them laugh. These are just a few ways to keep them happy and are smiling!

Profiles Make Great Shots

You Didn't See Me Put Anything in my Mouth!
You Didn't See Me Put Anything in my Mouth! | Source

Profiles

How many times have you started to take a picture of your child and said, “Look at mommy.” Of course you want some of these pictures, but remember, some of your better shots are going to be those where they are not looking directly at you. Take some pictures while they are looking at something other than the camera. See if you can get somewhere between full face and profile shot. Take them to look out the window or a door. The lighting will more natural and they will probably find something to smile about.

Zoom In, Get Up Close

The tooth fairy came to see me!
The tooth fairy came to see me! | Source

Get Close Up

I think one of the most common errors in taking photographs of kids is not getting in close enough. You don’t always have to get their entire body in the picture. Get in a little closer. Try some shots from the waist up. Then get in a little closer still, shoot from the chest up. Get those pictures that really show their facial expressions. If you have a zoom lens, use it. They are great for taking pictures of your kids. A zoom lense will allow you to get a close up shot but you won't be so close that you are “in their way”. Stand back a little and use your zoom. Focus on their eyes. Their expression is what you are really trying to capture.


Use Pets as Props

Two of our grandchildren and out Siberian husky, Meisha.
Two of our grandchildren and out Siberian husky, Meisha. | Source

Uncluttered Backgrounds

Really look through the view-finder before you snap that picture. Look at the background and see what else is in the picture. You don't want a "busy" background as it will take away from your subject. If you need to move around some to get a better backgound, do it. Then ,try to crop out, what I call, the “junk” in the picture. By zooming in close, you will also be able to blur out most of the background, which will make your subject stand out. Don't put your subject against a background of the same color. If they are wearing white, don't put them against a white background. Look for some contrast in color. Look at the lighting too. If there is a really bright light in the background, such as a window or a mirror reflecting bright light, the foreground will probably come out too dark. Try to keep the lighting in the picture fairly even. If you are taking pictures inside, you are probably going to be using a flash. Be sure there is nothing in the picture that is going to reflect the flash.


Use Halloween Costumes as Props

Our granddaugher, Kendree, in her Halloween costume.
Our granddaugher, Kendree, in her Halloween costume. | Source

Use Simple Props

Using some simple props can make great pictures! You don’t need to run out and buy a lot of “stuff” to use as props. Keep it simple. Big bright bows for the girls, or maybe you have a frilly hat or scarf. Maybe they have a big stuffed animal they can be sitting beside. Put them in a pretty chair or drape a nice throw or sheet over a chair for a backdrop. For the boys, try one of daddy’s caps or hats. Little boys are always adorable in an over sized cowboy hat or maybe a Halloween costume costume you have in the closet. What does your husband like to do? Does he golf, put a golf club in the picture, or a baseball bat and ball. Simple props can be really easy to find.

Take Some Silly Pictures

Our grand-daughter, Kendree, being silly.
Our grand-daughter, Kendree, being silly. | Source

Take Lots of Pictures.

Just keep clicking that camera and take lots of pictures! I know this is not going to be hard to do. Move around and get shots from different angles. Get down on their level. Get down on your knees and get eye level with them. Lie down on the floor and take some pictures looking up at them. Take some horizontally, those would be the ones from the chest up. The vertical shots will be those full body shots, from the feet up. Shoot, shoot, shoot! The more pictures you take the better the chance you have of getting those photos that you are going to look at and say “WOW”!


Now Go Have Some Fun!

I hope I have given you some helpful advice on how to take better pictures of your kids. Now, go have some fun with your kids! Taking pictures can be a great time to inter-act with your children and spend some quality time together!

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Peggy W 21 months ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Sheila,

You captured some darling images there and your tips are good ones. Taking loads of photos helps because the odds are with you in getting some really good ones out of the many taken. Looks like you have a lot of fun with your grandchildren! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Jainismus! Thank you for your kind words. I am glad you stopped by. I always appreciate your votes and sharing! Have a wonderful day!!! :)


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jainismus 3 years ago from Pune, India

Great tips with equally great photographs. This will surely help those who want to take better photographs of their kids.

Voted up and shared with followers.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Au fait! Thank you so much for your kind words! I have never been a "professional" portrait photographer, I enjoy nature and wildlife photography. Of course anyone who owns a camera is going to take pictures of their kids or grandkids and I guess I have learned a few things along the way. Yes, we need to take lots of pictures of them as they grow up so quickly! Thank you for stopping in and I always appreciate all of your wonderful support! :)


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

What beautiful grandchildren you have! Great photos and great advice for people who want their photos to come out better. Kids grow up so fast that before you know it those pictures will be all you have of when they were small. Voted up and useful! Will share . .


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you so much! I hope you found something useful on my ads. Thank you for your kind comment!


Guest 4 years ago

Your tips are very helpful, thank you! Also, I'm not sure if you control the ads on your page or if the website does, but I find them quite helpful as well!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi DzyMsLizzy. I couldn't agree more! Even a good point and shoot is much better than a camera phone. Thank you for your kind comment and thanks for your input! Have a great day! :)


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

Yes, indeed. I've also written several photographic tutorials for better photos, and you've got all the basics down well.

I'd just like to add one admonition: use a REAL camera! Just because cell phones these days have built-in camera and video capability does not mean they take great pictures.

Almost without exception, every single photo I've ever seen posted "from my iPhone," is dark, grainy and generally very low quality. If you really want those great pictures, you have to start with the right eqipment!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi barbergirl! Thank you so much for your kind comments! Some point and shoots are really pretty good if you watch what you are doing, which it sounds like you do. Thank you for visiting my hub and your comments! It's always greatly appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

I am a big fan of taking pictures. I almost always have a camera with me. I have one that is a little bit more professional and then I also had more of a high end point and shot that I carried on me wherever we went. Unfortunately, over the past year I haven't taken too many pictures because the one I carried everywhere, broke. :( Thankfully for Christmas I got another digital point and shoot. Although it is waterproof which means I haven't got the grasp of the camera yet since it is a little different.

What a great hub. I have to say, one of my biggest pet peeves of pictures is the junk in the background. I try to avoid it at all costs but sometimes it just gets missed. Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub filled with good tips!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Brett. Thank you for kind words and for sharing my hub! Have a great day! :)


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Very sound advice for parents and photographers. Children are definitely a challenging subject to choose to photograph, but when you get it right the photos come out great.

Thanks for SHARING.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi justateacher! Thank you for commenting on my hub. Actually, a descent point and shoot camera can get good pictures. One of the main things is to get close and have good lighting. I have seen very good pictures taken with a good point and shoot. Thanks again for your comment! :)


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

Some great ideas...I, too, just need a better camera to get the good shots!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello MsDora. Thank you for stopping in and reading one of my hubs. I'm glad you found it useful. Have a wonderful evening!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi bookmom! Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm glad you found it informative. Have a great evening!


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean

Really good, practical tips. I hope that "keeping the camera handy" and "taking lots of pictures" will bring good results, but I will have to heed the rest of your advice. Thank you.


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thebookmom 4 years ago from Nebraska

I love your pictures, so fun! I like the tip about not always "look at mommy" and about taking near a door or window. I'll have to try them soon. Well written and really informative, great job.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you for your comment, Jenna. Wish I could give you one! :)


Jenna 4 years ago

Very helpful article! Now I just need a camera that I can take these kind of pictures with!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi no mac, my youngest is actually 23 now, but then there are those grand-children. I now have 7 of those little cuties! Get ready! Thank you for your kind words! :)


no mac salad 4 years ago

Doh, too late, my kid is 22 now, but this hub made me dig out some old photos of my son when he was photogenic. ha. Good stuff here, thanks...


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sgbrown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi thumbi7, glad to hear from you again. Thank you so much for the comment. It is greatly appreciated! :)


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thumbi7 5 years ago from India

Beautifull poses. Thank you for the little tips.

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