You’ve got your camera, you’ve got a kid that’s just as cute as the dickens, and you want to take the best photo you can in order to have it translated into a watercolor, pencil sketch, oil painting or pop art print. You’re just having a bit of trouble capturing your kid’s personality. Here are a few things to think about that will help you get the perfect shot.
How Does Your Child See Things?
We’re serious! The trouble with so many kid photos, what gives them that “snapshot” look, is that they’re taken from the perspective of a person looking at a child. You need to get up close and personal with your child’s world. Remember how things used to look so big to you when you were a child? Get down to that level again and look around. Get on your knees, or lie down on your stomach and prop your chin in your hands. Is he a small—oh, well, you get the idea. You want to look at the world from a kid-centric perspective. When you photograph your child, try to take the shot from the same position, as if you were relating as equals. Trust us, it will make a difference.
What Makes Your Kid Special?
Of course you’re saying, “Everything!” but you have to be a bit more specific. Remember, you want his personality to come through in the pictures you’re taking. What does your child like to do? If he’s really active, photograph him at play. If his idea of perfect happiness is snuggling up while you read him a story, catch him just waking up. You know your child, so you’re in tune with what makes him special, and what kind of opportunities to look for.
We can’t emphasize often enough the importance of candid shots. You know your little guy or gal is always doing something cute, so catch them when they’re not looking. Take pictures of your kid at play. Remember, we’re in the digital age – you can take all the pictures you want, because you don’t have to pay for film processing.
Do You Really Have to Dress Your Child Up?
You will never get a photo that reveals your child’s personality if you’re going to force him or her into cute little costumes. Things like that reveal your personality, not your child’s. Get rid of the foo-foo stuff, and photograph your kid being himself.
All right, you’ve just passed Child Psychology 101. Now go take some pictures!