Stuck for an idea of what to give mom for Mother's Day? Take a few pictures! Here are our top tips for taking a great children's portrait:
There's nothing like playing with a favorite toy to put a smile on a child's face. Bright primary colors create a striking environment for an impromptu photo shoot. The next time your child is absorbed in building or make-believe, grab your camera and get down on the floor where they are. Ask a few questions ("What are you making? Is that your magic wand?") to evoke expression. Take lots of pictures as you chat, some with flash and some without.
We like to photograph young kids in their bedroom surrounded by the stuffed animals they love. It's fine if they don't want to put on their shoes and socks—in fact, capturing little fingers and toes is part of what photographing children is all about. You'll find that being in their bedroom creates a relaxed mood and a natural pose.
As children grow, their bedrooms become their world, changing to reflect their interests and personality. Why not start a tradition with your kids by photographing them in their room each year on their birthday? Without much effort you'll be creating a sentimental record worth its weight in gold.