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Stop Taking Bad Pictures of Your Kids

Remember when your Aunt Betty used to make you stand awkwardly with a huge forced smile while she prepared to take a completely posed, awful picture? Yeah. Thankfully those days are long gone. Some of the most loved pictures in our house are the random moments that were caught on the fly. Unfortunately for all of us, we just can’t plan and orchestrate great photos of our kids. When we try to force a photo op it usually ends up like this…

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How to get all the best candid shots of your family.

1. Never ever ever ever use your flash.

Flash will wash out your subjects and should be avoided any time you are taking pictures (unless it is an off camera flash, but that is a topic for another day). And when you are capturing the little moments with your family, the flash is especially your arch enemy. Flash will completely ruin the moment and startle your subject. That’s a recipe for ending your chances of taking any other pictures.

2. Keep your camera handy.

Thanks to the wonders of digital photography and the crazy awesome technology of digital cameras, you can keep your camera close and ready to capture little moments when they happen. You never know when the perfect moment of silliness, joy, or adventure will unfold, so stay ready.

3. Be stealthy.

Kids get tired of being the subject of photos if they are interrupted. Let your family go on about their business as you calmly snap a few photos. I’m often slinking around quietly capturing quiet moments of brotherly love, random wrestling matches and silly boy antics. Every time I’ve said, “Hey Kids, that was so cute, do it again so I can take a picture?” have ended up awful. Manufactured shots can never carry the emotion of authentic moments. It is the emotion of candid shots that we love most.

4. Get Playful.

The cool thing about the Samsung Galaxy camera is the ability to take lots of pictures, get close up and help you to take great shots easily. Many times we want to take a picture of a child during quiet play time. I have great pictures of my boys putting toys together or playing legos with very serious expressions. I did not say, “Hey, hold that pose, Mommy is going to take a picture.” Instead I played a long, took a picture or two of the lego creation and then casually get a shot or two of the kids at play from fun angles.

 5. Take multiple pictures from different angles.

One day the realization hit me that most of my pictures were taken at my eye level. The pictures of the kids were all about 45 degrees too high. I needed to get down on their level. It was as if I had just discovered the secret of kid photos- get on the floor. Sure, I still take some shots from above but if I can help it, I’m quietly on the floor, getting fun shots of the kids being kids.

 

Would you like to win your own Samsung Galaxy Camera? Repin one of the photos from our “Holiday Memories + Moments” Pinterest board with the hashtag #samsungmemories for a chance to win, or upload your own photo onto your personal board with the hashtag #samsungmemories. And from there, we will pick the top twenty photos. Contest ends December 31st, 2012.

A big thanks to Samsung for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion.

 

 

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