Time for another tip for taking better photos of your munchkins! Previously, I talked about getting down on their level… shooting from a low angle to capture a different perspective- one that reflects how big they see the world! Another way to get some interesting photos:
TIP #3 for better photos of your kids: Get up High!
Getting high and shooting down on a scene gives another interesting-yet entirely different- perspective to your photos. I often forget this, yet when I have on a wider lens (something 50mm or less) I can see more in the frame and it reminds me to take a look at what’s happening from above. Get on a chair, on your tiptoes- whatever you can (that you won’t fall from!) For the first image below, I stood on a chair while my son (who was potty-training at the time, hence the bare bum!) played hide-n-seek in his box. For the second image I simply stood tall and shot with a wider angle down at my little guy while he was swinging. I wanted to remember how he fit in those swings and how his little legs dangled down! The bottom image I shot while standing on a deck, while my daughter and her BFF caught some air on this swing. It’s funny, because in a portrait, you’d never want to see the soles of a subject’s shoes- but I absolutely love it here!
I captured a few moments from this past Easter while our kids were dying eggs… This was one of my first
I then realized I’d wanted to get the bigger picture (and all the mess, too!) You might also find that shooting from above can sometimes bring more attention to tiny details that might otherwise be lost in a different composition. Standing on a chair, I was able to see more of those little details and less of a distracting, messy house!
I love how careful my little ones’ hands are as they handle the Easter eggs. Shooting from above, all the details I’d love to remember from times like these stand out- the messy drips of egg dye, their little hands and fingers- it feels like I’m there! 🙂
Hope this tip is helpful and makes it fun to get out your camera!