Many of you regular readers of my blog will know that a good chunk of my work is around newborn and baby photography. I find that they are often some of the most rewarding subjects to work with, even if it can be a little tricky to get a good smile out of them.
Now that school has broken up for the summer holidays, I know that many of you will be planning on heading off in search of the sun, and no doubt you’ll want to be taking good holiday pictures to capture those happy memories.
Before you go, I want to share with you two tips that I’ve learnt from my years as a portrait photographer. If you use these tips I can guarantee that you will have some wonderful, smiley pictures ready to make a holiday memory photo album when you get back.
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Tip 1 – It’s time to put away the cheese.
The phrase, “Say cheese!” is a classic line in the business of family photography. I’m sure that you can remember countless times when you’ve had photographs taken with loved ones and the photographer has called out, “say cheese!”
When it comes to taking good holiday pictures of your young children, it’s time to retire the cheese. Instead, humorous phrases like “smelly wellies” or, “silly sausage” are often much more reliable on bringing a grin to the face of young children.
Obviously this isn’t something that is practical when you’re trying to get a very young baby to smile. But sometimes something as small and gentle as brushing them on the cheek, or playing ‘peek-a-boo’ is enough to bring out a beautiful smile.
Tip 2 – Plan on taking plenty of photos
My second tip for success when it comes to capturing those natural smiles of babies and children is just to plan on taking lots of photos.
This might seem like common sense but I think it’s worth stating. Newborns, babies and toddlers are not the easiest subjects to photograph, so it is always worth planning on taking lots of pictures and getting rid of everything that you don’t think it up to scratch – rather than sitting and waiting for that perfect shot to happen (luckily now that most people use digital camera this is easier to do than ever).
The one thing to remember though, is the make sure that you are taking plenty of regular breaks. It can be exhausting and overwhelming being the focus of attention all the time, and this is especially true when it comes to young children.
So enjoy your holiday, capture some beautiful memories.
If you’d like to find out more about my baby and newborn photography and how I can help you capture some beautiful photographs of your young children please get in touch.
Kim Rix Photography
Making Memories Precious