5 simple tips for taking amazing photos of your kids

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My Five Top Simple Tips for Capturing Kids
By Friday’s Guest, Rachel Easley.

I like to regularly ignite the creative flame that’s within me but as a busy working mum of two lively boys, that hasn’t always been an easy thing to do. When there is always something going on, someone to be fed or bathed, or homework to be completed, it’s hard to find the time to reclaim the Creative You!

I have always had a passion for photography and I am now pursuing my dream and …and just a disclaimer: I definitely don’t “know it all” about photography…I’m still learning more every time I pull my camera out…so I’m just sharing the good stuff that I’ve learned that people might ask about.

My Five Top Simple Tips for Capturing Kids

1. Turn off the flash.
Lighting is the key in taking good pictures. If you look for beautiful light, you are almost certain to end up with beautiful pictures. Adding a flash often leads to disaster. Flashes distort what could be beautiful. There will be the occasional times you must use one…at night (if you don’t have a high-enough ISO) or sometimes to use as a fill-flash. But as a general rule, turn off that flash!
In the early morning or evening when the sun is low in the sky there is gorgeous light to be found. If it’s too hot outside, you don’t need to invest in expensive lighting equipment if you want to get good indoor shots. You just need to know where to look for the light. Almost every home has got some good lighting somewhere if you just look for it.

2. Composition. Get creative with it.
Get down on the ground. Look down at your child from high above (try standing on a stool or chair). Get closer than you have ever done before. Do you really want that table, chair etc in the background?
The closer we get, the more we are able to see. Try getting so close you only capture half of the face. Get close-up and take pictures of toes, fingers, just a smile. You’ll be so happy with the results.

3. Catch emotion….and relationships
I always ask children to laugh instead of smile. If you ask them to smile they will most definitely give you a cheesy smile, and I’m not a huge fan of the cheese-ball smiles although sometimes this can be just
as fun. Remember, subjects don’t always have to be smiling……or looking at the camera…

4. Capture the little things.
I think it’s important for to remember to capture little things about my children even if it doesn’t
make a great perfectly posed photograph. The way they would cross their legs whilst they were busily playing, that little curl at the back of their neck, the resting of their head on the table whilst they are completing their homework. These are the photographs I will want to look back on in the future.

5.Always have a camera ready.
My big camera is too big to carry around all the time, but I ALWAYS have a point-and-shoot or at least my mobile phone in my handbag that I can pull out when I need to capture any special moment. I love how photography makes it possible to freeze a moment in time as I have the worst memory and I just
love being able to soak in all these childhood moments as much as I able to.  You might too.

Good luck in searching for that special light.  It’s worth the hunt.

Thank you, Rachel.  Great tips for everyone!

To see more of Rachel’s delightful photography or to arrange a photoshoot for your family, contact Rachel via email at rbound@hotmail.com or LIKE her facebook page,  Rachel Easley Photography

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