It's that time of the year again

The holiday season is here and that means that more moms and dads are going to be pulling out their cameras to take pictures of the precious little ones.  I’m not a professional photographer but I do pretend to be one on the internet at times so I’m here to offer some of my tips and secrets to obtaining the perfect picture.

First off, it helps immensely if you take photos of your little ones on a regular basis.  If they are used to the camera, they will (hopefully) start to pose for you.  My girls frequently ask me to take pictures of them.  Anna was sitting on the piano bench playing the piano the other day saying, “Mommy, I’m playing the piano.  Take a picture.”  I love when children cooperate!

We have designated a wall without furniture against it in our family room as the photo spot.  When I ask my girls if I can take their picture, they will run over and line up.

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Photo time has turned into a game and they do like to pose for ten seconds before running across the room.  I know that I have those ten seconds to take the picture so I play along with their game trying to delay them against the wall for as long as possible.  As I am taking their picture, I’ll tell them that I’m going to count to three and then I want them to yell, “Hello!”  By making it a game, they play along.

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{Please note that the most difficult age to photograph mulitples is 12 to 24 months, in my opinion.  Sorry.}

Another piece of advice is to get down to the eye level of your kiddos.  Parents often shoot off pictures from their own standing height.

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That’s a cute picture of Emily dressed as a princess ballerina but from my height and with the noisy room, the true cuteness is lost.  I am petite (5’4″) so imagine if this was taken by someone taller.

Here is the same picture again taken at Emily’s eye level with the background clutter cropped out.

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Now she is the focus of the picture.

Another quick piece of advice is to ensure that you include the entire body in the photo. Limbs cut off at odd places look, well, just odd.  Example…

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Happy clicking!

Do your multiples happily pose for you?  What tricks to do you employ?  Or do you just give up on having pictures of them together?

Sarah is the mother to two and a half year old identical triplet girls – Allie, Anna and Emily – who were born at 35 weeks and 6 days.  She works full time as a Tax Director for Big Financial Institution and enjoys sharpening her photography skills with her daughters’ help.  You can read more about her crazy life raising triplets at The Great Umbrella Heist.

7 thoughts on “It's that time of the year again

  1. Fantastic post! Loved all the tips…unfortunately I’m in the dreaded 12-24 months age right now with our girls but can’t wait to have them pose for us. I’m contemplating getting a better camera in order to capture all the magic moments. We tend to miss them waiting for our camera to catch up.

  2. I definitely agree that 12-24 months is the hardest period to get them in a picture together.

    Definitely like the tip for not cropping limbs at weird places. I say either get the whole kid, or get really close up.

    Peekaboo was a good game (at least when they were little) to get them to look at me and smile while I was taking the picture. Just hide behind the camera, and BOO! :-)

    Another reason to make the picture-taking a habit is because, otherwise, you run the risk of less-than-ideal circumstances on your designated photo-taking day. I like the idea of taking a picture right after Thanksgiving for holiday cards, but last year it just ended up being bad lighting and squirmy kids. This year, I’ve got bad weather and H1N1. Glad I had an informal photo shoot in the leaves on a nice day a few weeks ago.

    I also found that I need to get it out of my head that it has to be a single group shot. All of the photo-card-printing sites have lots of options to put multiple pictures on one card. Much easier than trying to get a whole bunch of people (and toddlers) looking in the same place at the same time.
    .-= Goddess in Progress´s last blog ..Thanksgiving 09 – mixed reviews =-.

  3. We just finished putting together our cards, and actually, the pictures of our 13 moth olds running in different directions were winners! It sort of told the story of dealing with two young toddlers. Of course we got cute ones of them individually, but to try and capture two standing still was pretty much impossible.
    .-= Bekki´s last blog ..Awesome, Not Awesome =-.

  4. We are also in the dreaded phase and worse than constant motion and looking away is the “grabbing” for the video recorder or camera. It’s driving me crazy! It’s normally my little guy so maybe your girls don’t do the same thing but he doesn’t understand no, so I have to put it away when he grabs for it – cutting short any photo session.
    .-= Mommy, Esq.´s last blog ..The Esqs Catch a Break =-.

  5. Mommy, Esq – the girls started out grabbing the video camera and now they love to stand behind it and watch the screen. They do like taking pictures with my camera (I hold it and they just press the button) – I sometimes bribe them with that as well.
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Tonight’s post =-.

  6. I’m definitely guilty of not trying to take photos because of how difficult it has become. We’re in the 12-24 months time frame, and I can’t even get them to stay still for 10 seconds (lucky you!). But I like the advice that I have to keep at it so they’ll get used to the camera. I should have plenty of opportunities next month.

    And I think I might be guilty of cutting off limbs (again, hard to get the whole body when the subject is in constant motion). Will have to work on that too.

    Thanks so much for the tips. It seems I had a lot to learn!
    .-= reanbean´s last blog ..My Tiny Talking Parrot =-.

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