Christmas is getting closer! With that comes a lot of opportunities to dress our littles in their cute outfits and snap some pics in front of the tree. All too often these photos don't quite turn out the way we'd hoped. Kids are the toughest to photograph! I've made a list of a few tips to help you out!
-Be patient. Losing your temper is not going to produce a happy, smiling photo you are hoping for. Take a breath and remember its ok to be excited, it is Christmas after all! Now some kids are the opposite and will be shy and need time to relax. Don’t force it, let them warm up and move slowly.
- Get down to their eye-level. When you get down to their level, it is more comfortable for them to look at you versus looking up at you. Also, when you are standing, looking down at them, it will make them look smaller and sometimes disproportional (think big head, little body). They are also more likely to connect with you when you are at their level.
-Give them something to do, or hold. Kids are busy creatures. Having a “job” for them to do will help them feel like it is important for them to sit still and they are more likely to cooperate for a photo. They could hold a gift or an ornament or sometimes a sibling!
-Let them be in charge. Ask them how they want to do the photo. Sometimes kids have the goofiest ideas that produce the best photos simply because it shows their true character. After all, that’s what we want to remember most about a person, right? Not those forced smiles.
-Don’t say “Cheese!” If anything, say something that will make them laugh! Be silly and get them giggling. True smiles are the best to capture!
-Call me! Ok, you dont have to do this one (Although I highly recommend it...*wink*) but if you would really like a professional photo of the family, let me know!
So snap away! Take a ton of pics and don't be afraid to capture the meltdowns....ahhh memories. They are only little for so long!