During an outing at the beach, I brought along my good camera (read: not my iPhone) with the intention of getting a great, frame-worthy picture of my two young children playing at the beach together. I was armed with some valuable tips on photographing siblings , matchy-matchy bathing suits, and a beautiful day. I got this. But if, like mine, your kids have different plans for your photo shoot, then I've detailed a few tips for still capturing that money shot. Who needs a professional photographer anyway?
Assess the Light
Look at that natural light. Let's do this.
Grab Their Attention
Hey! Hey! Look at Mommy!
What's wrong? Oh, you don't like the sand.
No problem. Everyone stand up.
Repeat Yourself, If Necessary (It Will Be)
Yoo-hoo! I said stand up!
I Hope You Like Hearing Yourself Yell
PLEASE STAND UP!
Wait, where are you going? Come back here!
Seize Candid Opportunities
Oh, wait! Maybe I'll get one of those cute running action shots. Good! Run toward Mama!
But Remember, You're Not a Professional
Whoa! You ran a little too close there, bud! Back up.
Break Out the Props
Maybe we need just some props?
But Ditch Them If Too Distracting
All right. Bad idea. Everyone put down the props!
Remember, Repetition Is Key
Too close again. Back up, buddy!
Make Sure Assistants Stay Out of Sight
Seriously? Honey, get out of the picture!
OK, now that's cute . . . ah, come on, lady!
Offer Pose Suggestions
OK, how about we just hug and look at Mommy?
. . . but Disregard Theirs
Bud, put your arms down.
OK, why do you guys keep doing that with your arms?
Add In Fun Noises
Look at Mommy! (Cue snapping and whistling.)
LOOK AT MOMMMMMMMMMY! (Cue even louder clapping.)
And Finally, Lower Your Expectations
OK, that's a wrap. Surely, we got a good one, right?