Last month I posted my first installment of taking better pictures of your children when I talked about GETTING GENUINE EXPRESSIONS FROM YOUR KIDS. One of the other questions that I have heard is regarding doing more than a police lineup type picture....and getting creative. I think that I am always looking for ways to get a different look, angle and perspective on children. When I go to the park or zoo, I am always watching parents stand there and shoot down at their children doing their activities and often all the pictures that are the outcome are from that one angle. It can quickly get a little boring.
Switch it up. Try something new. Here are some ideas. Some of you might not feel super creative, but I will promise you that trying some new approaches will surprise you at what you can capture.
GET ON THE GROUND
I do it all the time. I am always laying on my belly...in the grass...on the floor. It's a great way to shoot creeping babies, toddlers playing and feet (which I admittedly have a weakness for).
While I was down shooting low, I saw my boys' boots, which I love and are symbolic of the mess they make right now. Look around for some interesting items that represent your kids' lives while you are on the ground.
I would have completely missed their expressions had I just been standing and shooting down.
GET UP HIGH AND SHOOT STRAIGHT DOWN
It's a whole other thing you see from a bird's eye view. Here are my boys in the tub and I love seeing the way they are sitting and completely engaged in their toys.
Straight down into a crib, focusing on the mobile but with a clear picture of how wee this little peanut is in her big bed.
TAKE PICTURES FROM BEHIND:
This is a fun perspective to see what the objects of your photography are engaged with. Here my boys are into their pie.
These parents are loving up their daughter.
GET REALLY CLOSE AND ALSO FAR AWAY
These pictures of Tymen were taken seconds apart but say very different things. This closeup is all about his expression, how much he's loving his sugar, and how cute he is in those great little glasses.
Far away reminds me that my little guy is a small dude sitting on that big chair at Starbucks.
Getting close up and focusing on just bits and pieces can be so interesting too. Here are Ruby's hands knitting. What are the bits and pieces of your child that you love...the back of a head? dimply knees? a laughing mouth?
Like I mentioned before, I just love little feet.
GET ON EYE LEVEL WITH YOUR KIDS
This is a great way to get their expressions and to see the world from their perspectives. While I am towering at the donut counter, here's Jasper's outlook as he searches for the perfect one.
TAKE SOME IMAGES OFF CENTER
We are tempted to always get people smack dab in the middle of the picture, but it is much more visually interesting to mix it up and get people off center sometimes too.
Okay, I'd love to hear about any of these new approaches that you try. Grab your camera and lay on the floor while your son is playing cars. Sneak up behind your homework do-er or color-er and shoot their work from behind. Decide on a favorite bit or part of each child that you want to photograph. Mix it up. Have fun. Drink really good coffee. That always fuels my creativity :) .