A Beginner’s Guide to Photographing Children
1. Shooting at Home
Taking pictures at home, rather than in a professional studio, has become popular in recent years. Your home is a much more natural environment for children, as it instantly puts them at ease.
Start by moving the couch out of the living room to create an area big enough for the shoot. Use your own decor as props, be creative and incorporate toys, wagons, etc, things that they normally will play with.
Window lighting provides beautiful natural, directional light that you can utilise during the shoot.
White ceiling and walls are perfect for bounce flash - if they’re a different colour, use a white sheet.
Most importantly, make people feel comfortable at home. Don’t make too many changes to their natural
2. Kids are Impatient
Make sure that you perfect the setup first before bringing in the kids - they’ll quickly lose patience with you if you’re not ready.
Use faster, longer lenses to defocus the background - telephoto is the best or prime lenses to get a beautiful bokeh
Position your subjects at least 6 feet in front of the background, in order to defocus background and to drop shadows behind them.
3. Using Flash
Use a flashgun to help freeze children’s movements.
Bounce the flash off the ceiling to increase the lighting sweet spot - setting the shutter speed to 1/25th sec and the aperture to f/4 is a good starting point.
Invest in a flashgun that can be tilted towards both walls and ceilings.