Capturing those family moments and important memories is something we all wish we could do more of. But getting the perfect picture of your ever-growing and zooming-past-at-a-rate-of-knots kids can sometimes feel impossible! We asked three expert family photographers for some tips and tricks on how they snap the best shots of kids:
Catherine Scott, who you may have seen snapping at birthday parties in Johannesburg, says:
“Kids won’t always want to look at the camera and grin. Some of the best pictures are just of them playing, with things that they love. Every now and then they look up and their little eyes are alive….that’s a great shot! Also remember not all images need to be of them smiling! They grow up so quickly and the days of diggers and cars and snails and dolls fly by so quickly. It’s great to capture them in their element. If you like, get them to tell you a story and snap away while they talk. Their animated passion while they speak is darling!”
Durban-based photographer Diane Cassells captures kids on the move every day, and is quick to remember to:
“Get the most reasonably good camera that falls within your budget and always ensure that you have the camera ready, charged and next to you at all times, because the best moments are the ones that you can’t predict! Lastly, get down to their level, preferably on the floor and to try to go unnoticed. That’s not easy with little ones, but snap away as discreetly as you can!”
Another Johannesburg-based family photographer, Jeanette Verster weaves her magic into family portraits and special events. Jeanette reminds us that:
“Kids move quickly, so make your camera go as fast as it can for the available light… and just shoot! It’s a good idea to get down to their level. You’ll get better photos of little kids if you’re at their eye level, so sit on the floor and crawl around after them. Embrace their moods, because not every photo has to have a cheesy grin – it’s their expressions and mannerisms that you want to remember, and that will tell the story of what actually happened that day. Lastly, don’t let them face the sun, they’ll end up squinting and frowning at you”.