Photography: Taking Great Pictures of Your Child
Here are some tips for photographing babies and young children:
Don't try to pose a baby or toddler. (There's plenty of time for Project Runway moments when they're preschoolers!) Squirmy babies and toddlers are bound to move by the time you take the photo. Plus, a candid photo is usually so much cuter anyway!
Don't forget to kneel down and take photos from your child's level. To really capture his or her expression, you'll want to get your child to look right at the camera. But you can also get some great pictures from behind or in profile. Be creative!
Follow your child's cues. If they push you away and say they don't want their picture taken, back off and wait for a better time. No need to document a temper tantrum!
If you can, move the photo session outside. Natural lighting is a lot more forgiving than flash photography (but nowadays red eyes can easily be removed with most computer editing programs).
Don't say "cheese!" It will only encourage your little one to paste on a fake smile. Instead, put on some music or take out some of your child's favorite toys to set a playful mood. Don't forget to dress her in colorful clothes.
Digital photography makes it easy to document your child's early years, but don't go overboard taking pictures! If you relax and have fun, chances are you'll produce some memorable shots to e-mail to your friends and family.