Looking for a photo for your holiday cards this year? Here's some tips for taking a great family photo.
Kids Move (don't we all know that!)
Kids like to move so take lots of shots. Give yourself plenty of time and just keep clicking!
Talk to Kids While Taking Pictures
Talking to kids is the best way to get them to look natural for the camera. Itís also the best way to get them to look at the camera. Ask questions, engage and be silly.
Zoom in Close
Step in or zoom in close. Focus on what is important and exclude the rest. Close up face shots are ideal, but donít get hung up on having all the kids looking at the camera.
Capture the relationship
Kids love to be with other. Take photos that show them playing and talking together.
Having kids interacting naturally and sharing a moment can make a much more powerful picture even if they are not looking right at the camera.
Use Natural Lighting With Kids
In the morning when the sun comes up and at dusk when the sun is about to set are great times to get the best lighting. I once had my girls up at 6:00 am for a family shot! They still tease me about it but the picture turned out amazing!
Shoot at eye level
Try shooting at the same level as your children. Try kneeling down or sitting on the ground and snapping some photos from the child's perspective.
Watch for distracting backgrounds
Photoshop or picnik.com is great for editing pictures, but itís even better if you don't need to use them at all. Look at the background, let the man walking to dog pass by before taking your photo.
Kids are always on the go and you never know what they will do next. The best tip is to let them be themselves. Not that you have the perfect family photo, why not show them off with a unique and warm holiday card? I hand selected over 70 adorable holiday cards at www.inkandpaige.com. Your photo will thank you!
I had my girls photo taken by Jeannie at Avalon Art Photo at the Jersey shore this summer and got an adorable shot. Down by the Jersey Shore this summer - check out Jeannie's studio - Avalon Art (www.avalonartphoto.com). Her family shots are always personal and gorgeous.