Beginners guide to child photography

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Comedy legend W.C Fields was quoted as saying “never work with animals or children”. Anyone who has ever attempted to take a photograph of a child before will be able to relate to this piece of advice.

Photographing children, even at the best of times, is a challenging task. Because children are naturally energetic and curious about the world, their attention is rarely held long enough for them to pose for the length of time it takes to take a photo.

Instead of capturing a great moment, we are more likely to end up with a blurry shot, because our subject has just been distracted by something and has moved.

If you want to improve your child photography skills, then this blog is for you. Let’s entertain the idea that you are already know the basics about photographyand are familiar with your gear and instead focus on some general tips.


If you are just taking photos of your children, then this should be a lot easier. It is important to know how to interact with your subject in order to get the shot you want. Instead of being just another boring adult, make the process enjoyable for them. Be creative, even turn the shoot into the game – you will be amazed at the great moments you can capture when they are having fun.


We sometimes forget the differences in height between children and adults. They are very small and see the world completely different to us. In order to capture some great images, a general rule of thumb is to see things from their perspective. That means getting down on their level and exploring their relationship to the world.

However, that should not stop you from experimenting from different heights and angles. You never know where the next great shot will come from.


Surroundings: the difference between a passable shot that you can upload to Facebook and a brilliant photo you can hang on the wall comes down to how much effort you put into it.

If you want to create a piece of child photography that will amaze your audience, put time into finding the right location or background for your shot. Ideally, it will be an area that complements your style of photography. Avoid surroundings with objects or colours that draw your attention away from the focus of the shot – the child.

Clothing: This is where your knowledge of the subject comes in handy. Clothing is a way to highlight their personality. Make sure there is additional clothing and accessories like hats and sunglasses, so you can flexible during the shoot and try different things.

When to shoot: To get the best lighting conditions, the optimal time to shoot is early in the morning. Early morning light is the best for most outdoor photography, but especially for child photography as it softens the shot.


You can’t wait around and hope for the right moment to magically appear. That might work with other types of photography, but with children, a great moment can come and pass in an instance, especially if they are at play.

Take a lot of photographs. Change your angles, distances and focal points, but just keep on shooting. The majority of your photos are going to be absolute rubbish, but don’t worry – among the 100’s you take, you’re likely to take an absolute gem.

If you follow these simple tips, you should see a vast improvement in the quality of your child photography. If you are unable to get the shot you want, or need aprofessional child photographer the feel free to contact us.


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