Family Photo Tips

by Davina on December 12, 2012

Some days I just want a chance to photograph my kids.

For me, there’s so much more to taking pictures than just getting a shot or randomly taking pictures.  I want to tell a little story.  Say something about  my life, my family, my kids.

I don’t want to take pictures that don’t show their personality or remind me about what my family was like when I had 3 babies in diapers living in a 1700 squarefoot house.  They were some of the sweetest and craziest days.  I want to remember that.  The littlest details.  The hard days and the days when the ocean we were sailing was smooth.

Now when I look back on pictures I remember things I never would have if I hadn’t taken a picture.  I know your own kids can be the hardest to photograph! (so many photographers have told me that!)  They can also be the most wonderful to photograph.

This is what a photo shoot is like for us occasionally:

On this day we headed to the woods on a little hike.  I knew the light would be gorgeous at about 10am and I didn’t want to miss it.

Cocoa came with us and she was completely distracting to the girls but we just went with it.

I love opportunities like this when I can just go on an adventure with the kids and grab some fun images of them at the same time.

Photo Tip:

*When you’re out with your kids, just go with it.  Try to leave your expectations at home of what needs to happen in order for you to be happy with your pictures.  I know it can be difficult because you may have that ONE awesome shot you want to get.

If you’re looking for one awesome shot.  Make sure the rest of the time is just pure fun.

Try this: 

  1. make everything fun, play, laugh for at least 10 minutes
  2. gather for the one shot you’re hoping for*
  3. let it take only a couple of minutes
  4. and then back to the fun

*if you must take more than one shot, try taking pictures of the kids without asking them to look at the camera…just let them play (that’s what you love anyway, the way they’re playing and completely oblivious to you…that’s the real picture you want!)

Why this tip?  If your kids are starting to cringe or cry every time the camera comes out it’s time for some new associations with the camera.  Happy memories and fun times will help them enjoy the camera again.

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Photographing kids is an adventure!

I want to hear about your adventures photographing your kids! Please tell me about it in the comments!

  • What do you struggle with most when you’re taking pictures of your own kids?
  • What do you wish you knew how to do better to get your kids’ real personalities to come through in a picture?
  • What’s the most stressful thing that happens when you try to take pictures of your own family or kids?

Davina Fear is a Familyness Adventurer.  She lives in a yellow house with red shutters in a town with LOVE in the middle.

She blogs for families around the world at  Her Christmas list includes: Downton Abbey Season 3 (with no TV stations at her house she’s still wondering, “Will Mary and Matthew really get married at last?”)

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