Have you ever thought, I sure would like to do a mini photo shoot with my little one but I don’t have the time? Well, that doesn’t have to be the case. You would be surprised how easy photo shoots can be. Here are some tips from my last little photo shoot which lasted 10-15 minutes.
We started out on my front step just so I could capture a shot of Kate in her outfit she picked out herself. I wasn’t please with the background and decided to change things up a bit. Now, these photos which required no pre-planning are some of my favorite!
1. Look right outside your door. We have this terribly ugly shrubbery section beside our house. Seriously, ugly! But, if I keep my aperture pretty wide open (a low enough number) then it helps to blur the background which makes it not look so ugly.
On front step
2. Don’t have huge expectations, especially if you are photographing kids! Children don’t have long attention spans and if you just want to capture some great pictures of your kids don’t make them sit still for a long time. You know the saying “KISS – Keep it simple, stupid” well when working with kids “Keep it short, stupid”.
3. Have a few simple props. I grabbed these white chairs from their play table and the famous plastic pearl necklaces. The girls had fun sitting on the chairs since it was something special to have our inside chairs outside. It doesn’t take much to impress kids.
4. Capture their personalities. Don’t expect every picture you take of your kids to be looking and smiling at you. Allow them to be goofy and let their little personalities shine through.
5. Give them a break. This is especially good if you are photographing more than one child. Allow one of them to go off and play, pick flowers, or watch the birds. While they are playing praise the one who is in front of the camera and before you know it the other child will be asking to get in front of the camera again.
6. Thank them for being such good models. Even if they weren’t, kids like to feel just as important as we do. Can you imagine someone asking to take our picture for 10 minutes then not thanking us for our time? I know I would be frustrated.