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Tips for getting better pictures of your kids | Oklahoma City Children's Photographer

Getting your children to cooperate while trying to take their picture can be an uphill battle. Whatever cute thing they were doing, they now refuse to do, or just run and hide, or make the saddest/maddest/craziest face they can come up with. We've all been there, and now your cute photo is not at all what you wanted. While it can be tricky to get better photos of your kids, I promise you it can be done. 

 

Tips for getting better pictures of your kids | Oklahoma City Children's Photographer

Tip 1: Get Your Children Involved

Getting your kiddo involved in the making of the image helps amp up their desire to see the final result. I am constantly asking kids where the would like to take a picture; in the grass, by the tree, etc. I'm also always asking how they think something would look best; sitting, standing, twirling, running, etc. The more questions you ask them, the more fun they have helping, and they feel like their input is valuable. Their idea's aren't always what I had in mind, but after I've gotten their input, they're much more responsive to my suggestions. And honestly, some of my favorite images have been ones that were totally their idea, kids see things in ways that adults never do.

 

Tips for getting better pictures of your kids | Oklahoma City Children's Photographer

Tip 2: Play Dress Up

What kid doesn't love playing dress up or putting on a costume? I'm an adult and Halloween is still my favorite holiday. The fun thing about costumes is kids always love to pose in them, and be a total show-off. You can capture some adorable images of kids doing different activities in costume; fighting bad guys, pouring her teddy bears tea, etc. You also get to have some adorable images that capture what things your child was interested in at this age.

 

 

 

Tips for getting better pictures of your kids | Oklahoma City Children's Photographer

Tip 3: Don't forget the details

I know it sounds silly, but not every picture you take of your kids needs to have their gorgeous face in it. My son is obsessed with sticks, rocks, and other "treasures" he finds outside. He loves it when I take pictures of these "treasures". Detail images allow you to show off some of your child's personality, and if you love putting together photo albums, they put things into context. I can't tell you how many images I have of leaves, rocks, flowers, balls, and more, but when I see those images I am instantly reminded of what we were doing and how much my son loved those things.

 

 

Tips for getting better pictures of your kids | Oklahoma City Children's Photographer

Tip 4: Make it an adventure

The single best tip I can give you is to make it an adventure. If you can make something fun, kids love to do it. Walk around exploring, encourage your little one to make silly faces, tell jokes, ask them who has the stinkiest feet in your family; make them enjoy having their photograph taken. I make sure at every session with my client's and at home with my son, that children are having fun. I never want to make the experience of having a picture taken a bad one, the more kids enjoy it, the more they'll want to do it.

 

 

Sara Masters-Blacksten is an Oklahoma City based newborn photographer, specializing in on-location newborn portraits across the Greater Oklahoma City Metro. Travel rates are available for client's outside the Oklahoma City Metro. To book your newborn session or for more information please e-mail sara@smbphotographyokc.com

Tips for Photographing Your Children | Oklahoma City Children's Photographer

Photographing your own children, even when you photograph children for a living, is definitely a challenge! Just like with everything else, our own kids act up most, for us. I've found some things make it much easier to get my little guy to cooperate, and even have fun!

When I want to photograph my son, it's easiest to let him just be himself; running around, playing, fighting imaginary villains, etc. My son loves to be the center of attention, so when I'm watching him, or we're playing together, is the best time to get the camera out. 

I never try to force taking photo's on him; I want him to have fun when I'm photographing him. I don't want it to become a negative experience. If he doesn't want his photo taken, then I put my camera away. In my experience, if he has a bad time doing something once, he doesn't want to try it again. 

When it comes to my own children, or my client's children, my favorite images, are always the unscripted, unplanned images. Children are amazing to photograph, and when you let them play and explore and just be children, the images are powerful. Their expressions are always more authentic, when they aren't being forced into them.

Sara Masters-Blacksten is an Oklahoma City based newborn photographer, specializing in on-location newborn portraits across the Greater Oklahoma City Metro. Travel rates are available for client's outside the Oklahoma City Metro. To book your newborn session or for more information please e-mail sara@smbphotographyokc.com

The benefits of photographic prints over digital files | Oklahoma City Portrait Photographer

Including digital files as part of portrait sessions is becoming more and more popular. Clients want to know that they’re getting every beautiful image of their family. While I completely understand why clients want the digital files, I also want clients to understand why prints are so much more important.

Digital Files have the possibility of being lost forever every day; computers crash, DVDs are becoming more and more obsolete, and flash drives fail. All technology has an expiration date, and once your computer crashes those files are gone. If you have the digital files on a DVD, once you purchase a new computer it may not even have a DVD drive at all. Flash drives can fail at any time, and are small enough to be easily misplaced.

While I am happy to include digital files as an option for my clients, I encourage all my clients to order prints. Prints have so many benefits over digital products, and I want my clients to understand why.

Prints are produced on archival paper. The professional lab I order all my prints from uses Fuji Crystal Archive Paper. Depending on the conditions where the prints are displayed, this paper is rated to last over 100 years. I can almost certainly guarantee that the digital files either won’t last that long, or the technology will be obsolete.

Prints are much more likely to be enjoyed regularly than digital files. Clients who order beautiful prints to hang in their homes get to enjoy their images every day.  If digital files are the only thing that a client orders, chances are they’ll look at them a few times and that’s all. The flash drive will be put away in a drawer, never to be seen again, or the files will sit on a computer.

I want to make sure that every client at SMB Photography enjoys the images of their family every day. Knowing that I’m helping my clients tell the story of their life, and the people who matter most in that story, is what makes my job awesome. 

Sara Masters-Blacksten is an Oklahoma City based newborn photographer, specializing in on-location newborn portraits across the Greater Oklahoma City Metro. Travel rates are available for client's outside the Oklahoma City Metro. To book your newborn session or for more information please e-mail sara@smbphotographyokc.com