1. Take photos often
I love to capture natural photos of families being themselves, but often young children spend a lot of time fascinated with the camera, and nothing else! By getting your camera out often your child will start to forget that it’s there, meaning you can capture some wonderful photos of them being themselves.
The other benefits of taking lots of pictures is that once you get in the habit you’ll capture lots of moments that you would have otherwise missed – and it’s rare that we regret taking a photo, but easy to regret not taking it.
2. Give them something to do
Since toddlers have a tendency to be on the go all the time (particularly when they know that you want them to stay still) one of the best ways to photograph them is when they’re engrossed in an activity. This is a wonderful time to take photographs as you’ll really capture their natural spirit and personality.
The activity doesn’t have to be complicated – just set up a few toys or books in a clear space, wait until they’re absorbed, and then click away. If you have time you could set up a bigger activity – such as baking a cake, or you could let them run free in the garden or park and capture them enjoying the great outdoors.
I took the photos of my daughter below at the weekend whilst we were blackberry picking at Garsons. She was busy collecting stones and flowers, which is something she loves to do every time we’re outside at the moment, so although she’s not looking at the camera we have a lovely memory of this little part of her personality.
The background can really make or break a photo – too much clutter can be distracting, whereas some interesting colour behind can make the photo pop. Before setting up an activity for your little one consider the background too – what do you want to include, and what would you like to remove.
4.Get down to their level
A birds eye view of your child will more often than not not work. Whether it’s crouching down or sitting on the floor get yourself to your little one’s level so that you can capture them and the world from their perspective.