Taking Your Children’s Photos This Summer-Top Tips

2020

With the easing of lockdown and Summer 2020 arriving at last, we can look forward to days outside with our families and loved ones. Getting photographs of our children altogether can be tricky when they just want to run around have fun now we are allowed outside and not just for 1 hour for our allowed exercise time. 

Local parks, woodlands and beaches are favourites with families to get some exercise and fresh air therefore a great way to capture your children having fun with out the pressure of looking at the camera and smiling!

Whether you are using a camera or your smart phone, when you look back at these images in 10 years time you will certainly be glad you captured these times when they are young.

So, things to take with you for your photos

  • Camera/smart phone & charger for car just incase
  • Neutral coloured tops – quick change when you are there
  • Snacks to keep them topped up
  • Water
  • Bubbles or something fun to keep them looking up
  • Plastic bags for them to sit on and for you too ( just tuck them under bottoms so you cant’ see them)

What’s The Best Time Of Day To Photograph?

In the Summer time choose either an early time up to 10am or late afternoon after 4pm. When the sun is high in the sky everyone will be squinting and we won’t see those beautiful eyes of your little ones.

The IDEAL time to photograph is the beautiful GOLDEN HOUR…….ahhhhhhhhh! A photographers dream! So an hour after the sunrises or an hour before it sets. Soft light is produced at this time due to the sun going through more of the earth’s atmosphere at this low angle.

Things To Remember When Choosing Your Area To Photograph

  • Choose somewhere that is not in full sun, maybe dappled light, not too much green.
  • Logs are perfect for little ones to sit on.
  • Position the children so not many or no people are in the background
  • At the beach they can lie on their tummies in the sand so choose a quiet spot
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By the beach huts in West Wittering

Get Snapping….More Tips

  • A little bribery doesn’t hurt, just don’t use chocolate as you don’t want that around theirs mouths in the photos!
  • Get low when photographing little ones
  • Get them to shout something silly….Stinky pants, smelly socks, stinky cheese!
  • An battery powered hand bubble gun will keep them looking up
  • Blowing raspberries makes the babies smile every time

Get your dogs and pets in the photos too!

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Embrace the outtakes it doesn’t have to be perfect
One of my all time favourite photos of our girls!

I hope this has given you some good tips for photographing your own children this Summer.

Capturing just your children in photographs is brilliant but want to be in the photographs too? Head over to my Family Photography page and find out how to book a family shoot. https://photographybyzoe.uk/family/

Need clothing inspiration for your Family Shoot? https://photographybyzoe.uk/what-to-wear-for-your-family-photo-shoot/

Zoe was great to work with, she made us feel all so comfortable and got the most lovely natural photos! Will definitely be asking Zoe to take more photos of our family in the future

-Emily & Family-

Lots of love

Zoe

xxx

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