Tip #1 : Get on their Level!

Our goal is to help you treasure your family through photography. While we want to be the ones capturing your most precious memories, we know that we can't be with you every day. So, we are starting a new series of monthly photo tips to help you take better photos when we are not around. Here is the first installment! Make sure you never miss a Tip by signing up for our Monthly E-Newsletter here.


Our first tip is for grandparents and parents, or anyone who likes to photograph little people:

Get down on the ground with them!

This image of Erin's son, Lucas, is really engaging because it is shot at eye level and he is looking right into the camera – which makes it look like he is looking right at you, the viewer!

This image of Erin's son, Lucas, is really engaging because it is shot at eye level and he is looking right into the camera – which makes it look like he is looking right at you, the viewer!

If you are photographing children, crouch down or sit down so you can be eye level with them before you click the shutter. Here's why:

  • They will be more engaged
  • Body proportions will be more accurate
  • You will fill more of the frame

This is a really simple tip to apply. Your choice of camera or lens doesn't matter. All you need to do is:

  • Squat, crouch, or bend your knees until you are eye level with your favorite little person
  • Bad knees? Try sitting on a couch or stool to get to the right height.
  • Wait for that perfect giggle, and snap away!

Bonus: this also applies if you are photographing your pet!

This image shows Lucas surrounded by his toys, but he is less interested in looking up at the camera, he looks small in the space and it is not nearly as engaging as the first image.

This image shows Lucas surrounded by his toys, but he is less interested in looking up at the camera, he looks small in the space and it is not nearly as engaging as the first image.

I hope you enjoyed our first tip! Try it out, and share your results with us on our Facebook page! And don't forget to sign up for our Newsletter so you don't miss the next tip! And if you have a question, please let us know in the comments.

Thanks for being here!
Lori

Lori Coleman

Lori and Erin Photography