This is the third part in a series of photographing your own children. I have had many requests from moms asking what the best way to photograph their children are – here are the previous posts: part one and part two.
Today’s series is about de-squishifying your kids. “What?” Yes, you read that right…de-squishifying your kids…
I searched through some old point and shoots of mine (I actually didn’t take this photo, it was a family member!) for this photo
A cute shot of Evanthea playing mini golf, right? Sort of – but she’s squished! She’s really not that short!!
It’s all a matter of perspective – adults are obviously taller than children, so we see them from the top to the bottom. And when you photograph them, that’s what the photograph takes. I see many photos of people having their kids sit on a couch and they take the picture — the poor kid looks like he’s just head and legs!! it makes me laugh to see it and I do refrain from commenting (hence this blog post! LOL)!!
(Sorry to say, I don’t have any photos like that! And my kids would kill me if I purposely took a photo of them like that!!)
But here’s my suggestion – come to their level. It’s simple…come to their level. If you are taking a full length photo, kneel down and point the camera to the child’s chest or tummy. If you can’t kneel down, then put them on stairs, like I did in this next photo (taken from my point and shoot)
For faces, you want to be face to face with the kids – again, come to their level. Here’s a closeup of Alexandra where I came to her level and caught her face.
Can you see the difference? She looks proportionate now.
This is how I photograph in the studio – I either sit on a small stool or sit on the floor. I actually prefer the floor because the kids are more responsive to me being at their level and I can catch more!!
I always try to remind people that a photo is flat and how it gets there is it squishes everything. Use that squish to your advantage and show off reality, or bend it to your liking!! 😉
What else would you like to see in our Say Cheese series?