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5 Tips for Taking Terrific Pics of Children Using an iPhone…and a Plea

Today, we’ll look at 5 tips for capturing stunning images of your little ones using your iPhone. 

There is nothing more beautiful than a photo that captures the pure emotion of childhood. Joy, laughter, naughtiness…even a frown or pout…can create a picture you’ll cherish forever.

The phones of today are not like the BlackBerrys of yesterday. The technology used in modern phones, and in the cameras in particular, is incredible, allowing moms and dads around the globe to capture professional-grade images with just a few adjustments.

(And, before you say anything—we know, we know…there is a whole segment of the population who fully embraces the beauty and functionality of Samsung products. No judgement here…that post may come later. We have much love for all the Android lovers out there!)

Drop Down to Your Child’s Level

We often talk about the difference in perspective your baby enjoys when you wear them in one of our slings at eye level. The same goes for you—when you’re photographing your children, squat down to get on their level. You may even try laying on the ground. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes in your photos!

Break Out Burst Mode

Burst Mode is great for action shots—babies splashing, toddlers running and jumping through waves, little ones throwing piles of leaves, you name it.

Hold your finger down on the shutter button and your phone will take a series of pics in rapid-fire succession until you release it.

Use Portrait Mode for Deliciously Blurry Backgrounds

A blurry background adds a sense of depth to a photo…and iPhones make it incredibly easy to achieve.

Simply select portrait mode when you open your camera app and snap away. Having your kiddos a good distance from anything in the background helps, as does making the most of natural lighting.

Play with Composition

It can sometimes take some practice to get used to composing photos in a way that looks more professional. While there are endless tutorials out there, changing the angle and distance between you and your subject can make all the difference. Take a look at these photos taken by Shannon for her blog, Mama Shan Loves.

In the first photo, Shannon has captured a darling photo of her son preparing to slide. But, as you can see in photo 2, moving closer removed some of the distractions, and getting down on his level and taking the photo as he’s coming down the slide create a sense of action and really make her sweet boy the focus of the shot.

Capture Emotions…and Get in a Few Shots!

There is nothing more beautiful than a photo that captures the pure emotion of childhood. Joy, laughter, naughtiness…even a frown or pout…can create a picture you’ll cherish forever.

And, can we just say…Mamas…please….please…get into a photo…or two…or twenty…with your babies. 

Yes, even if you are wearing your threadbare sweats.

Yes, even if your hair is in a messy bun.

Yes, even if you think you look less than your best.

Because there will come a day when your babies are grown that you will look at those pictures and see the truth…you will see a ferocious mother who put living life with her babies as priority number one, who cared not one whit whether she was camera ready, who basked in the joy of her children’s youth.

Here’s to capturing all the moments…every precious one…with you included.

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