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I’m so excited to share this post with you guys ! It features pictures of my little ones that I took over the years ! Hope you enjoy !

Anyone who’s tried to photograph their kids will know how challenging and frustrating it can be. They never want to stand still and even when you get them to pose they’re constantly pulling faces! In this blog post, you’ll discover 12 invaluable tips to help you capture incredible and memorable shots of children with your iPhone.

 

1. Use The Native Camera App

The native camera app is usually the best option when taking photos of your children. This is because it can be accessed very quickly by swiping up on the lock screen, meaning that you should never miss those spontaneous moments.

If you end up having to searching through pages of apps to find your favorite camera replacement app, you’ll almost definitely miss the shot you were hoping to capture.

2. Get Down To The Child’s Level

When taking photos with your iPhone, always try to get down to the same level as your subject. This is particularly important with small children.

If you take the photo from your normal standing position, you’ll be looking down at the child and get a distorted view of them from above.

You will also end up with a bland backdrop of the ground around your child. Shooting from a lower angle allows you to capture a more interesting background behind your subject.

Getting down to the child’s level also helps bring the viewer into their world and allows them to see things from the child’s point of view.

 

3. Capture Candid Moments

Another advantage of the iPhone is that you always have it with you. This means you can whip it out and get those candid natural shots of your children just being themselves.

They’ll probably be quite used to seeing you with your iPhone so they will just carry on doing what they were doing. For example, you could be out for a walk when your little one needs to sit down and take a rest.

If you’re shooting with a big camera it’s much more obvious that you’re taking photos, and your children can start to behave differently or get camera-shy. The iPhone far less obtrusive so you’re more likely to capture natural shots of your children just having fun.

4. Focus On The Eyes In Portrait Photos

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When shooting portraits of children, try to focus on the eyes. If you get this right it will lift the photo and engage the viewer.

As the saying goes… “eyes are the windows to the soul” and they are often the most important part of a portrait photo.

5. Shoot In Different Locations To Get Unique Shots

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Taking your children to scenic locations can definitely result in some unique and memorable shots. Wherever you go different, take your phone with you !

An important point to bring up here is that going for unposed natural shots will often result in far more striking images than attempting to set up staged shots.

6. Use Simple Compositions

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Although props, costumes and dramatic locations can be great additions when photographing children, sometimes it’s best to just keep things simple.

As mentioned above it’s always very important to be aware of the lighting and composition of your shots. If you get these two elements right, you can end up with very simple shots that just work with very little editing or enhancement.

Simple, uncluttered compositions can be very powerful as they draw the viewer’s attention directly to the subject, and there are no other elements to distract the viewer’s eye. Don’t be afraid of using negative (empty) space in your photos – it can be really effective.

 

7. Use Props And Costumes

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Children love to dress up and make believe. You can really add something different to your photos by using costumes and props.

To enhance this type of shot you can use one of the many apps available in the App Store to add to the fantasy that you’re creating in the image.

8. Take Shots From Alternative Angles

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You should always look at alternative angles when taking shots. In some situations a traditional point of view just won’t capture the moment properly.

So try shooting the scene from multiple angles to see what works best. The beauty of digital photography is that you can delete all the shots that didn’t work later.

9. Use Black and White To Change The Mood

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Shooting in black and white can produce some very dramatic results, especially in moody landscape shots that include children as your subject.

In some cases where there are too many competing colors in an image, all of this detail can be quite distracting. By converting the image to black and white, you’re able to remove these distractions to place more emphasis on the subject.

10. Document Their Childhood

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Ultimately the main reason to take photos of your children is to document their childhood. So always try to capture those little adventures and moments that you want to remember.

By constantly taking photos you’re killing two birds with the one stone. You’re collecting wonderful memories and also improving your photography skills.

12. Shoot portrait mode !

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It’s a software feature that uses the two lenses of the iPhone 7 Plus or newer versions to create the look and feel of an image shot with portrait settings on a camera with a telephoto lens.

Simply put: a pleasing blur that separates the foreground (person) from the background (other junk). The result is always amazing, best shot on bright environments !

11. Have Fun!

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Finally, remember to have fun! Capture the fun that your children are having, but don’t forget to have fun yourself. You want to have fun memories of being with your children as well as fun photos to look back on.

Hope you enjoyed it ! Please post on our Facebook and Instagram page some of the pictures you have taken using this tips and use hashtag #betterphotos #ravanellitips !

Thank you all !