From walking for the first time to growing their first tooth, there are many memorable firsts during your child’s first few years, and it would be a shame not to capture those moments. It’s those everyday little things that preserve your child’s finest memories, and it is those candid moments that will allow you to step back years from now and relish all those adorable, precious memories.
Learn how you can capture your kid’s unforgettable moments with these tips.
- Skip the zoom.
If you are using your smart phone, get vivid photos by moving closer instead of zooming in on your little one. Also, keep your elbows close to your body to avoid shaky and blurry pics.
- Give them something to play with.
Children are known for their impatience and short temper. If you are trying to take a couple of your child’s photos, make sure you have something to distract them by. Let them play with their favorite stuff toy or let them crawl around.
- Always have your camera on standby.
You won’t know when your child is going to roll over, crawl, or walk for the first time, so keep a camera close to you at all times. If you have one, be sure to use your video camera for moments like these. Going mobile are best captured and re-lived in motion. On the contrary, if you happen to miss your precious one’s actual first smile or first steps, don’t feel bad! Just be ready for it the next time it happens.
- Find the best light.
Light plays a vital part in capturing that perfect moment. Hang out in the best lit area of your home or stay outside (on your porch or at the backyard) while you wait for your child to do his or her thing.
- Don’t push them to do things they don’t like.
Children, particularly babies, do stuff on their own schedule, so try to be patient and do not push them to perform actions just so you can take a snapshot of it. Pushing them to do things when they are not ready will only leave both of you in a bad mood.
- Prepare for events, holidays, and vacations.
Most unforgettable moments happen during vacations and events. What’s good about this is that you can prepare for these occasions. If your going out of town and not sure what shots to take, search online and take inspiration from other photos.
- Put your camera in continuous shooting mode.
It’s easy to miss moments and little details. To make sure you don’t, take a series of photos by putting your camera into continuous shooting mode. You may also want to take lots of shots in multiple angles as different angles capture varied details and intensity. Remember: leave no detail of any moment unphotographed.