How To Take Great Children Stock Photos

Taking stock photos of children can be a fun and fulfilling thing to do. For starters, children are cute and full of energy. There are many creative actions they can do to enhance the photo. Taking photos of children are also memorable. A parent can comment on how cute their children was when she was younger. Regardless of how fun the photo shoot is, the quality of the work still cannot be compromised. Stock sites still require a high level of photography skills before they start showcasing your children's faces in their database. Here is how to take great pictures of children.

Step 1: Decide on a Location

The first thing is to find a good location for the kids. Parks and playgrounds are the best places because children love to go to such places, plus the colorful ambience can add a spark in the photo taken. Go at a time when it is relatively empty so other children will not be a distraction in the photo, and to facilitate easier photo taking. Try to have fun with the children so there will be a lot of opportunities to take a happy and lively shot.

Step 2: Decide on a Camera

Now it is time to buy a camera. You do not need an exceptionally good one in order to take good pictures. Choose a camera that works well under sunlight and the lens is of high quality. You should try to avoid taking pictures when there is a high amount of sunlight.

Step 3: Use Props

Using props in the photo can really help the picture to look livelier. The picture will turn out to be beautiful when the child has an adorable look on her face. Several suggestions for props are things like bubbles, angel wings and other cute outfits. Take advantage of the seasons too. For example, if Christmas is near, dress them up as Santa Claus and taking photos with falling snowflakes. One rule of thumb is that the prop must fit the background. So for example, if you plan to put angel wings on the child, have the photograph be taken against a sky backdrop.

Step 4: Taking the Photos


While most photographers would want their subject to stay still, it can be a difficult task for children. Instead, someone should play with them to make the event entertaining and playful. Don't attempt to make them sit still and strike a pose for you. Get someone else to make use of the props to play with them. Be liberal with the use of the camera. You only get a few excellent images, so take as many as you can. During the day, it is good practice to use flash to get better sunlight. You can utilize the sports mode and take a number of shots in a sequence. For taking photos of children, you may need to squat to get a better view of them. When you are done, transfer the files to the computer, and delete the ones that are obviously not good.