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  • Laurie Pilia

5 Tips to Help you Capture Amazing Candid Photos of your Children

Being a mother of a toddler led me to this write this post. I thought it would be nice to share a few tips that I have learned that have helped me to capture candid photos of my little girl. It is not always easy when it comes to photographing toddlers or small children. Little ones do not always like to sit still and cooperate when it comes time to capture them on camera. In saying that, young children are some of my favorite people to photograph because you never know what you are going to get from them. They give you the real, raw, and unedited version of themselves at all times - their photographs are always authentically them. So, here are a few tips that will help you capture amazing candid photos of your little ones.

Shoot from afar One of the best methods is simply to shoot from afar. When children are relaxed and happy and totally absorbed in play, it leaves you free to click away and capture some natural shots of them having fun.

Set up an activity One way to get your toddler to sit still long enough for you to take their photograph is to set them up with an activity. This could be anything they normally like to do – painting, blowing bubbles, playing with sidewalk chalk, or even just playing with their toys – these can all make for a great photo. Getting them involved in an activity will simply help with keeping them in one place and not running off and you'll get some great lifestyle shots.

Get them to show you a skill Most young children will happily perform on a daily basis - well, if they are in the mood that is. This can be a great photo opportunity as they are in one place and in their element “performing”, and will generally look quite pleased with themselves. These are also the type of photos you will treasure as you have captured them mastering a new skill, and it’s these simple things we tend to forget as they grow up. (This trick always gets children to warm up to taking great photos)

Come down to their level This tip is a really great one. Your toddler is just a little guy or gal, so it’s best to crouch down so you are taking the picture from their eye level to stop them looking dwarfed in each photo. Getting down onto their level really helps draw you into their world.

Make it Fun! Try to make any "photo time" as fun as possible - blow bubbles, have them jump on the bed, go for a walk, or put on some music and get dancing! Some other examples might be playing peek-a-boo from behind the camera or tickling. All fun activities, guaranteed to get your young one smiling!

Lastly, keep photo time short. Don't expect to get your toddlers attention for any length of time - they will tire of the photography "game" and want something else. If you are the parent photographing your own child, then that will probably be your undivided attention, and I would suggest well under that time - 20 minutes or so. If you are prepared, it's perfectly doable!

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