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How to capture great pictures of kids


Capture your kids when they discover the joy of reading.
Capture your kids when they discover the joy of reading.

Mother Nature has worked her magic to ensure that probably nothing in this world has a greater attraction for us than our children, whether it be merely their voices calling our names, their cries at night that wake us up faster than any alarm clock or their images that we or others photograph.

Image-quality considerations often go out the window when it comes to our kids’ pictures. Just about any picture of our children is a good one, as far as we parents are concerned. The problem is that many pictures are considered acceptable because they are of our kids, not because they are good pictures. And that does not have to be.


When the subject is your child, a good photograph becomes even better.

There is no reason why your child's pictures should be second rate. This section of PhotographyTips.com provides you with an arsenal of information for you to take top-quality photographs of children, and if they just happen to be your children, well, your family album will have just gone up a notch.

Photograph them the first day with a new Christmas gift.
Photograph them the first day with a new Christmas gift.

Take their picture when they feel monkeyish.
Take their picture when they feel monkeyish.

We hope you enjoy many of the pictures you come across as you delve into this section, and encourage you to visualize your own children in place of the kids whose pictures appear here, because that will perhaps inspire you to get out your camera and shoot equally-good shots of the little ones who are so close to you.

When you do get those great shots of your kids that you thought you weren’t capable of getting, you will realize a level of personal satisfaction and confidence that is perhaps unachievable to the same degree from any other topic in photography.


SEND US YOUR PICTURES OF KIDS

Many of the photographs in this section were taken by us, of our kids, and we admit we are a little biased when it comes to them. We think they are great pictures, but you may not. We don’t care; we like them because we like our kids and any reasonable picture of them is okay.

Nonetheless, we are practical people. We accept that you can help improve this site by sending us your excellent pictures of children, and we will be happy to put them up along with your first name as a photo credit, along with any information, hints or tips about how the pictures were taken that will be helpful to our viewers.

Record your child's first hole-in-one on film
Record your child's first hole-in-one on film

Most of all - capture their laughter
Most of all - capture their laughter

BE SECURITY-CONSCIOUS

Please be security-conscious when you send us pictures of kids. Don’t send us children’s surnames - just their first names, nicknames, pet names or even made-up names.

Don’t have a name or sign in the background that identifies a town or school. Their anonymity should be your first consideration because their picture will be seen by a lot of people, and some are not as nice as you and we are.


No matter how good the picture is, if it reveals too much information that you don’t want strangers to know, don’t send it.

Go out and take another picture under similar circumstances, without the identifiers, and send that in. If it fits into a spot here, we’ll be happy to show it to the world.

Any picture you send us of your bright-eyed little one should contain no clue as to where you or they are.
Any picture you send us of your bright-eyed little one should contain no clue as to where you or they are.
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