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4 Tips for Getting Better Pictures of Your Kids

This mom blew the world away with gorgeous photos of her kids, and now she shares some tips with us for photographing children. Elena Shumilova has over 60 million views on her photos, and SmugMug recently visited her in her home in Russia to see her process first hand:

So just how does she do it? Shumilova gives us 4 tips on photographing children.

1. Photograph Them Every Day

This is the first, and most important rule for photographing children. When you witness a beautiful, candid moment and reach for your camera, a lot of times a child will react by posing for the photo and the moment is gone. However, if they get photographed every day, then a camera doesn’t illicit the same response. They will be more comfortable with its presence and carry on.

 2. Clothing Shouldn’t Be Distracting

In this day and age, it can be hard to avoid bright colors but finding something simple will keep the focus of the photo on the kid rather than their clothing.

3. Photograph Them When It’s A Good Time For Them

Kids’ energy levels are constantly in flux, and predicting them can be almost impossible. Rather than scheduling time to photograph them and forcing them to do what you want, make sure you’re ready to grab your camera when the moment is right for them.

4. Relax. Have fun!

If you’re making photography into a chore or you’re feeling stressed, the child can take this on and it will reflect in their behavior and your photos. Make photography fun for them so they’re willing and excited to participate.

Shumilova says,

“Bring your camera, and when the right moment comes, you’ll be ready.”

Further Training on Children’s Portrait Photography

Check out CLICK! How to Take Gorgeous Photos of Your Kids by Rachel Devine. It’s an inspirational ebook that’s more than just a starting point—it’s a detailed resource you’ll come back to again and again as your photography practice and family grow. Learn how to capture photos that reflect the big personalities of those little people you cherish so much. If you’re not satisfied that it’s helping your photography within 60 days, just let them know and they’ll refund your money in full.

It can be found here: CLICK! How to Take Gorgeous Photos of Your Kids eBook

[via PictureCorrect]

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