Browse most parent’s social media accounts and you’ll find lots and lots of pictures of their kids. There are so many milestones to mark, moments to capture and precious memories to collect, especially when we are away on vacation, that many parents can get snap happy and find themselves so concerned with documenting the moment, that they forget to enjoy it!
Children also make pretty tough photo subjects- they refuse to take direction, get their adorable outfits messy in minutes and often end up rolling around on the floor having a tantrum. There’s a reason why those in Hollywood say never to work with children or animals!
But if you are intent on catching some magic on film, during your vacation, follow these 5 tips to ensure your pics are “must show” and not “must throw”!
1. Pick Your Moments
If your child is tired, had a busy morning, over excited, feeling unwell or going through any big developmental changes, now might not be the time to stage a paparazzi-worthy session.
2. Use Props
Children often feel more relaxed when they have their favorite toys or stuffies around, so invite some furry critters along to keep the vibe laid back and encourage smiles a plenty! Or consider using some unusual items your child might not have seen before to hold their interest- blowing bubbles is a surefire way to elicit a giggle or two.
3. Quit while you’re ahead
Nobody ever got a good shot of a child once they started to be fed up with the process. So take your lead from them and if they say they have had enough-believe them!
4. Ditch the poses
Don’t expect to get most children to cooperate with posed portraits, you’ll need to embrace the more realistic and energetic format of a reportage shot, and if you snap enough shots you may be able to catch that elusive timeless picture.
5. Location, location, location
Use an interesting backdrop, like a beautiful park or interesting tourist spot that will keep the children entertained in downtime and feel like a treat for them, at the same time as providing a stunning backdrop.
And if all that feels like too much work, or you really want to take the quality of the pictures up a notch, then just trust your vacation photographs to the professionals at Picvoyage. You can just enjoy the moment and the beautiful photographs afterwards. Picvoyage are the premier vacation photographers- changing the way you remember your vacations!