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Blogging tips #2: 10 tips for photographing children

July 4, 2018

Anyone heard the saying ‘never work with children or animals’? If you’ve worked with either, you’ll know why.

I regularly work with the former, my children and it’s definitely ‘fun’ trying to get certain shots. Even on holiday or in normal family life away from the blog capturing a family picture can be impossible, so what if you want to try and get a shot for a special picture or indeed your blog?

Here is what I have learnt over the last 18 months – 2 years.

1) Be prepared and plan your shoot

ALWAYS be prepared and plan what you want to do. We all know there is a short time frame with all kids for food, games, anything. Taking a picture will probably give you even less time so you don’t want to be running around looking for a hair band or a teddy.

If I have a shot in mind I will have everything I can anticipate I’ll need ready and waiting to go.

2) Plan the time around when they’re the happiest

As with everything with little ones, the times of the day where they are their happiest (usually after food and sleep) is the easiest time to do something with them. In the Winter this will take a little bit more planning as daylight hours are short so I find I usually have a small window of time to get things done.

3) Find something to keep them distracted

This is so important with Evie our 20-month-old. She has a VERY short attention span so I always try and get something to distract her. If we’re outside it might be Daddy or my Mum saying funny things or if I’m on my own and inside nursery rhymes on Youtube usually gets her to stop for more than 1 second.

4) Make it a game

Amelie and Evie love the shots where we have a game invented around what we’re doing. It might be a tea party set up or something Amelie can help me create but either way if they can be involved and have fun it really helps.

5) Take more than one shot in one shoot

If I am going to get the girls to help me with photos I’ll try and get more than one ‘shoot’ done at once. We might combine it with a video or a different shoot with a change of outfit, but if I have gone to the effort of moving furniture (I do this a lot) I try and only do it once.

6) Find something that they’ll want to do. i.e. Amelie will ALWAYS want to dress as a Princess so this is a sure way for her to enjoy the photos

Amelie is getting to be a bit of a creative director in that she tells me what to do and gives me ideas. If I incorporate her (sometimes amazing) ideas into a shoot or let her do her own shoots with me and Evie afterwards we all have loads more fun! (There are some amazingly hilarious photos of me on my camera that Amelie has taken, I’m usually holding a teddy) 🙂

7) If they don’t want to do it or they’re not in the mood, stop and try again another time

If either of them isn’t in the mood, they don’t want to have a picture or it’s all just not working I stop, leave it and try again another day. The last thing I want to do is make it stressful, it should be fun so I always leave time to drop it and try again another day. Outdoor shots are a lot easier for this as they can be running away and it’s OK!

8) Use the easier child

You’ll notice more of Amelie on my feed at the moment because she wants to be involved and is happy to help me and give me ideas. Evie just wants to play so I invent ideas and content that can be just me and Amelie.

9) Use a reward

I have been known the offer a chocolate button afterwards, but more often than not if we’re out we’ll have a quick photo, then I’ll put the camera away and we’ll do something fun that they want to do.

10) Be in the picture



You’ll see me more in my Instagram feed, with them and on my own because it’s much more fun to do things together!

Do you enjoy taking pictures of your children? Do you find it hard?

For the rest of the series:

Blogging Tips #1: Starting a blog

Blogging Tips #3: Equipment I use

Sarah x

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  • Reply Sara @ Magical Mama Blog July 5, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    This applies to every single decent picture I have of my child! She is 19 months today and it’s easiest for me to prep the background while she naps, wake her up, get her ready, awake, and happy, then throw her into the background and snap pictures constantly for the one money shot!
    Thanks for sharing at #ThursdayTeam

  • Reply Mummy here and there July 5, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Brilliant tips, thanks for sharing X #Thursdayteam

  • Reply Leah July 5, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    One tip I would add to this is to take a LOT of photos, that would be particularly true if it’s not a set up photo. As long as you know a little about composition and lighting, you should hopefully get a good photo. My 2 year old used to love having his photo taken and would pose for photos all the time. But lately he’s become more resistant, maybe I’ve taken too many. He once told me to switch my camera off and pointed to the cupboard where I kept it for me to put it away haha. Of course I stopped taking the photo.

    I’d love to see the behind the scenes of your photos. I’m trying to be more creative in setting up my photos and not just taking snap shots. #Thursdayteam

  • Reply Naomi Hassan July 6, 2018 at 9:08 am

    Some great tips, I will have to bear them in mind! #ThursdayTeam

  • Reply Kirsty July 10, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Love these tips! Mine are a bit easier now and are usually really happy to oblige for photos. But not always. Knowing when to walk away and try again another time is so important.

  • Reply Helena July 10, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Love your photos. I agree it can be a challenge to capture our nearest and dearest. #ThursdayTeam

  • Reply Charlotte Stein July 11, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Great tips! Your photos are always very pretty and of course lovely and pink. It can be quite flustering working with children and photos, although sometimes I find the hardest one is hubby to convince 🤣 #thursdayteam

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