When it comes to capturing the moment it’s all about timing.
The trap we fall into is to trying to wait until the child is in the position we want & smiling before taking the photo. We call their name, shake a rattle vying for their attention and then wait til we’ve got it.
This is a mistake.
Unlike adults who can “hold a pose” (though personally I think they always look staged anyway) kids can’t “hold it”. So, you need to press snap just before the moment happens. In other words, you need to pre-empt the moment.
How in the world do you pre-empt a moment? Well, in fact that’s what you spend most of your time doing as a parent. You know your child/ren and their movements intimately. Here’s an example:
This is me waiting until she is looking at me and smiling. Note, she’s doing neither because the minute she was looking at me she started talking and thus I missed it.
This is me taking the photo while she was still lifting her head to look at me. Bang! On the money!
When you take a photo just before you get that beautiful moment of the eyes as they are lifting up. Have you been in a wedding party? Remember how the photographer asked you to look down and then up? He/she was most likley taking the photo just before you had fully lifted your face. It works every time…
What’s your top tip for photographing kids?
Come back tomorrow for my top 5 tips for photographing toddlers.