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Tips for photographing your grandchildren

Created by Jean Williams in Age: At School, Age: Baby & Toddler, Age: On the way, Age: Pre-school, Technology

What makes a wonderful photo? We all want fabulous pictures of our gorgeous grandchildren, health but if you’re sometimes disappointed and wonder what went wrong, asthma here are a few simple suggestions to try.

 

First of all, think about the kind of photo you want. A ‘close up’ (head and shoulders) to get a cute expression or a new tooth, or full length to put the shot into context – eg child on a swing, playing with a toy, building sandcastles. Just try not to cut them off at elbows or knees.

(c) Jean Williams

 

If your camera has portrait mode do use it (a ‘person’ icon usually on the dial on top of your camera). Without going into technicalities, this makes your subject stand out in the photo. Don’t get too close. Your camera’s instruction book will tell you how close is too close.

 

Next be prepared to get down to the little one’s eye level – this is not the day for your best white skirt!

 

Set up an activity to hold the little one’s attention for a few seconds – anything from a toy, to bubbles or keys or even a bit of transparent sticky tape to hold (honestly – great for babies). Get yourself into position for the shot and let them get engrossed. Watch quietly. When they’ve forgotten you’re there focus your camera on their eyes and speak to them. Nine times out of ten, a young child or baby will then look up, make eye contact with you, pause for a split second – and then smile! Click! Try to get 2 or 3 shots – in case they blink. If they reply to what you’ve said, they will probably speak then smile. Either way – you get a great natural photo.

 

A couple of other things to think about. Look through your camera, check what is going to be in the background. Changing your position by a couple of feet can make a huge difference. Look for other things that might detract the eye from your subject – other people getting into your shot, odds and ends lying around. An uncluttered background makes your subject stand out more.

 

Are there dark shadows on the child’s face? If so use flash – even if it’s very bright sunlight. (Always assuming your camera will allow you to choose!)

 

(c) Jean Williams

What else? Well, get creative with the angle of the shot. I love filling the shot with a baby’s face. Use your camera at a jaunty angle to add fun to the shot.

 

Try getting below the little one’s eye level and shooting slightly upwards. Get the child to walk towards you, skipping, jumping up and down, twirling round – and keep clicking.

 

If you have ‘Continuous Shooting’ on your camera use it. They don’t have to be perfectly still – if the light is good modern cameras can capture the action without blurring.

 

 

 

(c) Jean Williams

With a slightly older child get them to pretend they’re whoever their hero is – Buzz Lightyear, Lightning McQueen, Ben10, a pop singer  etc. Don’t be afraid to use a toy as a prop.

 

Remember that a great photo reflects your little one’s personality and captures a fleeting moment in their lives. They don’t have to be looking directly at the camera, nor do they have to be smiling.

 

And when you’ve got a shot you’re pleased with, remember to show it to your  star model and praise and thank them. Most of all – enjoy creating lasting memories.

 

By Jean Williams

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