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How to Take Outstanding Family Photos

How to Take Outstanding Family Photos

It can be challenging to figure out how to take great family photos because children, especially toddlers, are highly expressive in their emotions. They are exuberant and bizarre, charming and sassy, endearing and annoying! It’s a wonderful, crazy stage of life that must be documented, but it’s not always simple. God forbid we ask our toddlers to stop playing for even a split second so we can pose and get a nice smile. The boldness!

The same factors that make photographing children and toddlers challenging also contribute to the amazing quality of the resulting images. Adults can follow directions, yes, but they also spend too much time worrying about the awkwardness or the final photos rather than being fully present while the photos are being taken. On the other hand, children remain true to themselves throughout a shoot. They are overflowing with personality. They can only be themselves because they don’t know how to be anything else, which makes for some beautiful, authentic family photos.

Expecting them to be happy and upbeat is unrealistic.

One-year-olds גיל שנה can be serious, silly, laughing, crying, and playing in addition to being a riot most of the time. They exhibit a wide range of emotions and wear them on their sleeves. Don’t try to make them sit still (or stand still) and smile at the camera the entire session. Always aim to capture at least a few images of the subject smiling, gazing, and remaining still, but feel free to let them be the drama queens (or kings) that they are during the session.

Outstanding Family Photos

Allow them to play in their natural environment and always be prepared.

A one-year-old session is mostly spent looking through my viewfinder. Whether they are crawling or walking, they are typically very busy and rarely look up at the camera, so when they do, you have to be prepared to capture whatever expression they are going to give you. They are typically happier, sillier, and more like themselves when they are playing than when you are making them sit still.

If all else fails, take pictures of them as infants.

The one-year-olds occasionally just plain don’t want to look up. They enjoy doing whatever their tiny minds can think of. Take pictures of them when they are being cute little babies. From their tiny toes to their chubby arms, this might be. If they won’t cooperate with their face, you can at least get their adorable profiles. As the mother of three young children (ages three, two, and three months), be absolutely aware of how quickly children lose their chubby hands and tummy rolls.