February 24, 2010

Taking photographs of children is a challenge, but we want to record the life and history of each of our children through photography. Sometimes we just have to take what we get, when we get it, and hope for the best.

But on other occasions we have some options. For example, when we know we are going to take a trip to someplace interesting like a park, playground, museum or fair, we can use a little planning to assist our photographic efforts.

Clothes Make The Kids

Clothes Make The Kids

There is a saying that “clothes make the man”, and in child photography we can say “clothes make the photograph”. Kids are so cute when they are young, perfectly proportioned, full of life and energy. We want to capture those attributes in our photographs, and the right clothes can make a big difference.

For example, my kids would simply pick out their favorite pants and shirt without regard as to co-ordination, and for the most part I did not care. But when you are going to take photographs, a little planning can go a long way. I love to photograph kids in Osh Kosh jumpers with brightly colored shirts.

So, when I know we are going on a special outing, I will pick out what I want them to wear and set it out for them the night before. I explain why I want them to wear those clothes, and usually it is not a problem. Kids don’t think about clothes, they are just excited to be going on an adventure, so co-operation is usually not a problem.

The next time you go on an outing plan ahead. Pick out some clothes your kids look great in, and work with them ahead of time so that they don’t resist you. Believe me, clothes may not make the child, but they sure can help.

Remember, keep taking lots and lots of photographs of your kids. You will be glad you did!

Betty Muscott, Child Photographer

Betty Muscott, Child Photographer

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