The Huffington Post asked me to share my top tips for photographing your own children, and you can now read these in their article, Family Photo Ideas: Parents Share Their Greatest Advice.

As both a professional photographer and a mum of two young children, I spend a lot of time photographing my own children as well as the children of the families I meet through my work. This gives me a lot of practice in gaining trust, cooperation and natural expressions from even the most reluctant of subjects!

My tips for photographing your own kids include:

  • Pick your moments carefully to take photos – preferrably when your children are well fed and rested and not being pulled away from an activity they are interested in.
  • Find as much natural light as you can – either go outside or photograph your children close to a window before the sun starts to set. This will help improve the quality of your photos.
  • For an authentic natural smile, wait a few seconds longer before you click the shutter – a child might give you a cheesy grin intially but if you can make them laugh and snap your photo just afterwards, you’re more likely to get natural smiles.

For this, and more, read the full article at the Huffington Post.

Here are my own two little ones, just to prove the tips work!

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