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Monica’s Photography Tips – 7 Guidelines For Photographing Your Kids

Monica’s Photography Tips – 7 Guidelines For Photographing Your Kids

Monica's roots are in photography, she has been doing it for over 25 years! From our lockets and charms, to our home collection – photography always plays a huge part of our brand identity. Along with all of these great pieces we design that implore you to use and showcase your photographs, we’re starting a new blog segment where we’re going to share some of Monica’s photography tips so you can take the perfect picture to tell your story. Family is so important to us at MRK, we thought what better category to kick off this segment than Monica’s guidelines to photographing your kids. Whether you are using your camera or iPhone, check out some of her tips below:

1.  Don’t Bother With Posing – If you want to see kids doing what they do naturally, they have to be on the move – playing, searching, straying, or jumping. If you want the best moments, you need to catch kids when they’re swinging on swings, jumping on chairs, or exploring a garden.

    2.  Be Active – If the children are deep in activity that means as a photographer you have to be active too. You can’t start in one place and hope that the action will come to you. Follow them around, ask what they’re interested in and find out what they’re doing.

    3.  Get down to their level – Do you know what the world looks like to a child who is three and a half feet tall? This is the way to find out. Crouch down with your camera. Have a seat on the grass. That’s where you’ll get the best shot.

    4.  Let them dress down – There’s no point “dressing up” girls in crinoline and lace or putting boys in their best suits. When you do that, too often their behavior changes to match their outfits. That’s not what you want as a photographer. They won’t feel comfortable, and they certainly won’t act natural.

    5.  Catch them in the moment after the moment – Every parent wants to capture the instant when Beth or Billy blows out the candles on the birthday cake. That moment will be lost forever if we don’t catch it. So go ahead – shoot that scene – but don’t put your camera away yet. The best shot may be coming up in the “moment after the moment” – when one of the young guest sticks her finger in the cake. Keep shooting.

    6.  Take lots of pictures – The more pictures we take, the better our chances of getting just the right moment. It’s not unusual to shoot ten rolls – 360 images and get only a few great shots. (Of course, you might get a lot more.)

    7.  Remember, there’s no “bad stage” – Some parents stop taking pictures when their kids go through an awkward stage, like getting braces. My philosophy is, why stop taking pictures? These are all significant, distinctive times in your child’s life. Later on, when you look back at all your photos, it may be the portrait with the braces that tells you (and your child) the most about who she was and what she was going through.

    Text from "Living with What You Love" by Monica Rich Kosann.