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Cheat Sheet: Hey, Instagram Mom! Here's How To Photograph Your Child Like A Pro!

Cheat Sheet: Hey, Instagram Mom! Here's How To Photograph Your Child Like A Pro!


By Clara Rosales

Photographing your little ones can be so much fun and rewarding, especially if you’re able to capture their cutest moments and significant developmental milestones. Stork Studio’s Sofia Genato shared some basic tips in the recent Mommy Clicks workshop organized by Glam-O-Mamas:

Find the light. The better the light source, the brighter and clearer your photo will look. If it’s indoors, look for spaces with plenty of natural light. Ideally, taking photographs from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. to ensure light that gives your photos an effervescent glow.

Get closer. Focusing on the smaller details (your baby’s long lashes or cute toes, for instance) establishes intimacy and showcases lovely features that may otherwise be overlooked.

Look for fresh angles. Taking photos of your kids from above, from the side, from the back, and even from below, can provide interesting perspectives. For instance, ask your tot to stare down at the camera when you’re lying on the floor, or glance back at you while she takes a stroll. By taking shots from unexpected angles, you could also discover their best angle.

Check your background. Don’t forget to pay attention to your surroundings. A cluttered background can be distracting and possibly ruin the overall beauty of your shot. Save yourself from the hassle of redoing your shot by minding the background before you snap away.

Make it fun. Some kids feel like taking their photos is a chore because they have to look a certain way or must do something specific to get the perfect shot. Make them feel like it’s playtime—engage your kids and capture the fun and candid moments. Sometimes, the most spontaneous moments make the best shots.

Dramatic moments are okay. There’s really no forcing a happy moment. Your child may not feel like smiling in front of the camera, but that doesn’t diminish the possibility of producing a good photograph. Even curious eyes, scrunched brows, or a frown has the potential to be a good shot.

Pay attention to your child’s cues. There are times when kids get anxious, tired, sleepy, or stressed of posing for the camera. This can lead to tantrums if you don’t take note of your these cues. If they look like they are not having fun anymore, take a little break and play with them for a while. Photographing your kids shouldn’t feel like work for them—it should be fun! 

The best way to get the hang of it is to keep trying. Some people would prioritize getting the perfect shot in terms of composition and technique, but as long as looking at the picture takes you back to a moment, it’s worthy of being shot and kept.

The organizers and participants of Glam-O-Mama's Mommy Clicks photography workshop.

Glam-o-Mamas co-founder Arianne Kader welcomes the attendees of the workshop.

Participants explore their camera settings.

Moms try out different angles in taking photographs of the babies.

Baby models at the workshop

Event photos by Clara Rosales. Check out more stories in the latest issue of Working Mom, now out in major bookstores. Digital edition is likewise available on Zinio, NoInk, and iTunes. For more updates, like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram.

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