As a photographer, I often take notice of people in public who are making images of their kids. Whether it’s at the zoo, a park, or on the street, really anywhere, there’s a common mistake made when parents are taking pictures of their young ones. If you’re “guilty” of what I’m about to describe, then hopefully today is the day you begin making much more interesting pictures!
Our kids are short, right? They also move fast! We are generally tall, or taller than our kids, and sometimes it’s hard to keep up with them too. Most non-photographers stand stationary and take pictures of their kids from our eye level. Better to get a picture than none at all right? If you want to take your family photos to the next level, then get you and your camera at your kid’s eye level! Better yet, just a hair below their eye level. We see our kids from our eye level all the time, but that angle works against us in photography. You will immediately start creating better images if you get down to their level, I guarantee it.
Sometimes, this means getting down on your belly, especially if they’re sitting or laying down. Immerse yourself in their world, make images, and ultimately capture memories. Your friends and family will appreciate the extra effort forever.
When I make family portraits for my clients, I end up getting dirty. I’m up, I’m down, I’m really down, and then I get silly. I am perfectly willing to embarrass myself to make a good image even better. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons people hire me!