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Tips For Children's Portrait Photography

Friday, December 16, 2016





Small children are always super cute but not the easiest ones to capture in portraits. I don't so often take photos of people, but as I had a chance to practise with a friend of mine and her little baby boy in a studio enviroment, I was very excited. 

I had made a plan what kind of pics I wanted to take, but with an active one-year-old things didn't go exactly the way I had in my mind :D I did learn a lot from the session and therefor I want to share these tips for children's portrait photography for you. Hope you'll find them useful!


1. Have patient. A small child does what he/she wants, not what you ask.

2. Be ready. You want to capture that special moment and it can happen just once and at any time.

3. Get down to their level. It's important that the perspective stays natural. 

4. Choose the focus mode carefully. A good idea is to shoot in burst as a child is most probably not staying still.

5. Use a flash if there's not enough good light. Bouncing the light off walls and ceiling is the most ideal.

6. Be an entertainer. Play with the child, have toys, smile. Make the kid feel comfortable and safe.

7. Don't bring anything too delicate or easily breakable. I did that mistake! I brought glass balls... not a good idea!  

8. Go with the flow. Be creative. Anything can happen!







Pienet lapset ovat niin suloisia, mutta eivät välttämättä valokuvattavina helpoimmasta päästä. En kovin usein tule kuvanneeksi ihmisiä, mutta kun tässä hiljattain sain mahdollisuuden harjoitella studiokuvausta ystäväni ja hänen pikkupoikansa kanssa, olin aivan innoissani. 

Olin tehnyt suunnitelmat siitä millaisia valokuvia halusin ottaa, mutta touhukkaan yksivuotiaan kanssa se ei ihan mennyt strömsöön tapaan:D Opin koko sessiosta valtavasti ja sen takia haluan jakaa pari vinkkiä siitä miten kuvat lapsipotretteja studiossa ja misket muuallakin. Toivottavasti näistä on jotain hyötyä!

1. Ole kärsivällinen. Pieni lapsi tekee mitä huvittaa, eikä mitä pyydät. Varsinkin jos hän on vasta yhden vuoden ikäinen.

2. Ole valmiina. taroitus on saada tallennettua ainutlaatuinen hetki ja se voi tapahtua minä hetkenä tahansa ja ehkä vain kerran.

3. Mene lapsen tasolle eli ihan fyysisesti lattialle. On tärkeää että perspektiivi säilyy luonnollisena.

4. Valitse tarkennustila huolellisesti. Voit ottaa kuvia myös sarjakuvaustoiminnolla, sillä lapsi tuskin pysyy paikoillaan ainakaan kauaa. 

5. Käytä salamaa jos hyvää, oikeanlaista valoa ei ole tarpeeksi. Seinien ja katon kautta heijastava valo on ihanteellisin.

6. Viihdytä lasta. Leiki hänen kanssaan, varaa leluja, hymyile. Luo lapselle mukava ja turvallinen olo.

7. Älä tuo mitään helposti rikkimenevää rekvisiittaa. Tein itse tämän virheen ja toin lasipalloja...aivan typerä idea! 

8. Anna flown viedä. Ole luova. Kaikki on mahdollista, voi tapahtua mitä vaan!








23 comments:

  1. Nice memories about that day :)

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  2. haha I can imagine being patient is number one! Trying to keep them still I imagine is the hardest part!

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    1. Oh, yes! Small kids who can't yet speak but can already move :D

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  3. I find it hard enough to take photographs of adult so I can't imagine how hard it is getting babies and kids to co-operate x

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    1. :D not an easy task but can be fun as well.

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  4. Wow you got some very nice shots. I especially like the black and white shots. So cute.

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  5. Patience... I can definitely see that! I don't have kids yet, but these are great tips.

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    1. Patient is needed and being quick as well.

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  6. It can be quite difficult to photograph children as they like to fidget but entertaining them is a good way of keeping them focused.

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    1. Have to find out how to get them stay focused is essential.

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  7. These are all so true! A photoshoot with kids is never easy especially since their attention span and their mood can change almost instantly! I think these are all great tips!

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    1. You never know what is going on in their minds :)

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  8. It must be a tedious task to do children photo-shoot! One has to be always on their toes to capture some candid shots!

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    1. Exactly! Never know what will happen next.

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  9. lol! Perfect tips! Kids are almost impossible to please when you want a photo with them. I always end up with a smiling kid and a frowning one!

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  10. I'm sure shooting photos of a young child takes a lot of patience! I like your tip about shooting in a burst ... one of those will have to turn out amazing!

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    1. That's to be sure - at least almost sure - to get one great shot.

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  11. These are all such great tips! It’s not an easy task to get great photos of kids and make them sit still! So parents have always be patient and creative!

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    1. Yes, and the photographer as well ;)

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