Nov 2, 2016

How NOT to Take Decent Photos of Your Kids

Disclaimer: I am not a professional or even an amateur photographer and all suggestions are solely based on my experience.

Tip #1: Try to dress your kids in coordinating clothes.
Clearly the two-year-old knows that's an absurd notion and will make a stink over your chosen outfit. 
 
Tip #2: Suggest the nice-looking brown boots for said two-year-old's photo footwear.
Obviously the gaudy Hello Kitty boots will be a much bigger draw, resulting in tears which will then lead to socked feet in all the photos.

Tip #3: Insist on taking the photos. Keep on pushing even if you have an inkling to stop after the first power-struggle.

Tip #4: Take the photos on a beautiful, warm day with vibrant fall leaves in the background. 
Best to pick a day that's rainy and dreary as that will surely jive better with a certain child's mood.  

Tip #5: Position the chairs so there's a large gap in the middle:
Just so.
Tip #6: Ask your kids to smile.
Tip #7: Ask them to smile a normal, natural, everyday smile.
 Tip #8: Ask them to look at the camera.
Tip #9: Never learn how to shoot in manual and then pick a setting on your camera and snap away without checking how the photos are turning out.
 Tip #10: Make sure you're the only adult around so there's no help when the baby spits up.

That should do it!

7 comments:

  1. They are perfect :) seriously, you will still be glad you took them ten years from now.

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! And you're right; it'll be nice to have photos with their little personalities. :)

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  2. I really like the one after tip #8!
    Great effort!!

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  3. Hahaha! When our 3yo "poses" he always flaps his hands by his face. I'm not sure who taught him jazz hands, or why, but at any rate his blurry hands are a given in any family picture. "Someday it will be cute," I tell myself

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    1. Haha, it's nice to know we're not the only ones who have "flair" in family photos! ;)

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