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Taking Great Photos for Children

Know your equipment

Children move fast and have short attention spans. If you want to catch that great photo it is important that you are familiar with the equipment that you are using and know the best settings to get the type of images you want. This means practising with your camera, reading the manual and getting to grips with the technicalities. Photography is like anything else. If you want to be good at it you have to do the work. I like to shoot on aperture priority and set the autofocus to track my subjects, but there are no hard rules. Experiment and find out what works for you.


Don’t be disheartened if you don’t get a great shot in the first five minutes. Sometimes you have to take a lot of bad shots to get that one good shot. Often the main difference between an amateur and a professional is that the amateur gives up before the professional would. Remember your worst photo is always the one you didn’t take. Being a great kids photographer is all about persistence.

Shoot from Their Level

Always try to crouch down when you are photographing children. Not only does it make for better a better composition, it helps connect with them on their level. Try to talk to them and interact with what’s going on so the situation seems more normal, don’t hide behind your camera and silently take photos – that will unsettle them.

Pick a Great Location

Going to the beach or out into the country will help you take great photos. Keep your children occupied and make the day an adventure and great pictures will jump out in front of you. Better locations give you a great start in producing great images and keep your children interested.