When it comes to taking beautiful photographs, we like to leave it to the pros, or, even better, pick their brains for tips and tricks. Today that pro is our girl Ruth Eileen. She is not only a crazy talented wedding and lifestyle photographer but she knows how to capture the littles like nobody’s business. Dive into her 5 easy tips that will up your mini human photographing game starring SMP’s littlest mascot, Thea.
Use natural light!! This is huge!
Head for the Windows
When inside shooting I usually suggest turning off all lights and bringing your kids into a room that has plenty of window light. The reason for turning off the lights in the room that your shooting is because you’ll get a weird yellow color when you shoot. Instead, we want just the natural light lighting our subjects.
Open Doors and Get Creative
If you don’t have a room in your house where there is good natural light bring your kids near the window and maybe recreate the scene that you were wanting to capture in their toy room but it didn’t have the best light. You can also open a door that will allow for more natural light coming through.
And always, if you aren’t getting enough natural light in your house, head outside! Find open shade where there isn’t a lot of dappled light. That will give you the best results. Obviously there are sometimes you can’t always find shade but that is key when taking good pictures. Always look for shade when shooting outside.
The Golden Hours for Shooting
The best hours to shoot outside are in the morning from sunrise to about 1-2 hours after the sun has risen. In the evening starting about 2 hours before the sun sets.
Don’t forget to capture the little details and moments
Kids in their Element
Sometimes the best photos are capturing your kids in their element. Playing with their toys or coloring. Maybe it’s grabbing your camera right after they wake up from a nap and their hair is a mess or it’s capturing the little face they make while concentrating on a task.
Don’t get caught up on always needing to capture the perfect photograph. Some of my favorite images have been the ones that I have capture of the children just doing what they do.
Focusing on the Little Details
Another way to focus on the details is also how you are cropping the photograph. Focus your lens on their tiny toes or hands. Maybe it’s focusing on their hand turning the pages of their favorite book. Those details will be precious memories you’ll want to remember.
Good, bad and everyday.
Don’t just focus on the time when your child is happy. Snap shots of them crying or pouting. Capture them taking a nap or snuggling with the family dog.
Get down to their level
Getting down to their level helps to see the world from their view and is really important when you’re wanting to photograph your kids. As a photographer, I can always count on getting is some really weird position when shooting a children or family session. Laying down in the sand to capture them building sand castles.
Don’t be super concerned about posing them
Looking At the Camera Shots
I usually try to get all the “look at the camera here” shots out of the way right away. Children don’t last long on photo shoots so it’s super important to get those shots out of the way first. It’s usually in the first 15-20 min that I’ll get the best “looking at the camera shots” from children. Then after that it’s no posing. It’s just capturing them doing when they do. Playing on the play ground, blowing bubbles.
Bring Some props along. I usually suggest to the parents to bring some things that their kids enjoying playing with.
Step out from behind the camera
It’s so important to hand the camera over to your spouse or friend to make sure that you aren’t always stuck behind the camera. Of course, we all have days that we feel frumpy or not great about ourselves but you know what? Your kids don’t care. They love you and they (and you) deserve to have pictures of your lives together.
Photography: Ruth Eileen