Sunday, September 28, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
How should I photograph my children?
I was haunted by this question almost everyday! Lately, i've received so many e-mail and comments on Instagram asking about how to get my baby stay calm when i took her photo. Photographing my daughter is a real pain adventure, REALLY. She''s busy, she's fast, sometimes she's cranky, BUT all of that stuff is a piece of gold for me. I love capturing all of Naaya's movements. To answer all of your question, i thought i’d put together a few Toddler Photography tips which is based on my experience. I'm not an expert, seriously. I'm just a mother who love taking pictures of her daughter.....
Happy Baby! – If you want to catch a baby at their best mood, try to time your photoshoot just after a nap or feeding. In the hour after eating or sleeping, toddler will smile and cooperate with your camera. For example, Naaya's most active hour is in the morning, after she had woken up. It is the perfect timing for me to get plenty of her cute pictures.
Props – Get your toddler’s favorite toys to play with during the shoot. I have teddy bears, some pearl necklaces, blocks, legos, rattles, and many more. It is all about distracting your toddler from running away.
Soap Bubbles – I call it magic. Soap bubbles are simply a must have accessory for toddler photography. Toddler loveeee them and are really happy to blow some bubbles. I bring it almost everywhere just in case i had to take her pictures somewhere. Totally works like a magic.
Show them – Toddler love to see pictures of themselves. Everytime i took Naay's pictures, i always show her my camera viewfinder and what i have come up with. Since then, she always let me taking her pictures and she keeps giving me a new bunch of ideas to get more photos. (Sometimes, i give her my phone camera and let her take my pictures)
After all, toddler are just toddler. My last tips are just simply BE PATIENT. Some of them were happy, but some of them are just not happy having their picture taken at that particular moment in time. Do not force them, do not try to make them do something they don’t want to. Do not even yell at them. If a difficult situation occurs, you can try to take a break and leave the camera behind, and do a mummy cuddle, playtime or give your toddler a snack. Then you can try again after a few minutes. It is just that simple :)