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  • Writer's pictureGwendolyn Houston Jack

How to Take Better Photos of Your Kids


image of young black girl with two afro puffs in a white tee standing next to a pine tree outside.
35mm Kodak image of my great-niece

Parenting young children can be exhausting, but you still want to remember every moment, and photos are a great way to do that. However, any parent knows how difficult it can be to capture pictures of kids always in motion—and sometimes throwing a fit. Check out these tips from the professionals for taking better photos of your children.

Take advantage of natural light.

When taking photos in your home, look for places with plenty of window light. This natural light will help eliminate harsh shadows and give your photos a fresh, even appearance. Plus, what better way to capture images of your children than in the home you share?

black toddler boy sitting in an orange play box watching a show on his tablet.
Natural light smartphone image of my great-nephew

Go explore.

Candid photos are a great way to capture your kids’ personalities, and getting outside to explore lets your children get out some energy and allows you to take images of them being their genuine selves.

Ask for help from a friend.

Getting your child’s attention can be hard when you're behind the camera. Consider enlisting a friend or family member to help get your kid to look at you by making fun noises or pulling a goofy face.

Have a camera on hand.

You never know when the moment and the light will be perfect for snapping a few photos. It could be just a simple day at the park or a visit to Grandma and Grandpa, but you’ll value every memory you manage to capture in the future. Keep in mind the best camera is the one you have on hand. It's perfectly fine to use your smartphone.

Pay attention to everyday moments.

You don’t have to plan a grand photo shoot to create memories of your children. You’ll also want to remember the everyday moments, like bath time or reading a bedtime story. Be sure to capture candid photos of your kids just living life, whether playing or eating breakfast.

black aunt sitting down in a backyard chair while two black kids play in the background.
Candid picture of me and the kids.

When it comes to taking photos of your kids, the important thing is capturing their personalities, so you can have images to cherish for years to come. Hopefully, these tips can help you make the most of your photos!


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