My favorite thing to photograph is obviously my children. But more specifically, I most recently love photographing their eyes. There is something about a child’s eyes that capture the timelessness, beauty and innocence within them.
This post has very little to do with your camera and very much to do with positioning yourself and your child. In fact, even those of you with point-and-shoots might be able to glean a few tips with this post!
Here’s how to beautifully capture the eyes of your child(ren):
Step 1: Go outside and position your child facing the sun while they’re actually standing in the shade. Take a few test photos prior to photographing your child in order to ensure you have the settings how you want them on your camera. I would recommend using your camera in AV (aperture priority) mode (more about this here). Oh and by all means, don’t use your flash.
Step 2: Sit your child down. A tricycle works wonders. You want them to be stationary, otherwise it will be difficult capturing that glass-like quality in their eyes.
Step 3: Stand on a step-stool, a ladder, or even on the back of your car. As long as you are above your child. They might hold still just to see you up that high!
Step 4: Get their attention to look up at you and into the camera. This may require a moment of goofiness. Go for it…it’s worth it.
And if you’re more of a visual learner…
There you have it.
Go outside. Right now. (Or tonight…or tomorrow morning, depending on when you read this.)
Try it. Leave a comment and tell me what you think.
And if you absolutely cannot get outside, place your child in front of a window and stand up on a stepstool (or just have them sit on the floor and you stand up).
And remember…take any and all of my photography “tips” with a grain of salt, I am the student! I am not a photographer and know very little about photography. But I’m trying to learn. And the best way I learn is by trying to teach someone else. So thank you for indulging me.
If you haven’t yet, be sure to read the other posts in this series: