Totally natural photography – taking photos of your kids

Ive been scrolling through a lot of images recently, both my own and online just for a bit inspiration. What I have noticed about my images compared to others is how natural they are. How I never get my son to pose for a photo, I always let him do his thing.

How do I capture them? it really is easy, as long as you know your camera and you know what type of shot your looking for then you should know what settings to use, unless your using your mobile of course, by settings im presuming your using a SLR.

Settings can vary so me telling you what settings to use might be wrong. Settings change with every scene, different weather and the speed in which our children move.

The only thing I can help with is telling you my settings.

If you want high action shots, like the picture of my dog below. Then you need a high shutter speed, and a mid range ISO. So for example, this image was shot at 1/1600 – F8 – iso 650, I also set the camera on high speed shutter, when I hold my finger down on the shutter it will take multiple images in quick succession. These settings were used to capture how fast the dog was racing through the water. The same settings can be used for children running, jumping, climbing, swinging, you name it.

Gear I used here was the Sony A6000Sony 55-210 

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Natural photos can be used for capturing the fur baby as well as our children.

 


I generally take up a seat somewhere and let my son play, this way he kind of forgets im there and just enjoys his play, this way I get better photos, as he is at that age now where he gets a little camera shy, or when he realises his photo is being took, he will pull silly faces.

 

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Its not rocket science on taking images like these, but it still requires patience as we all know how things pan out when we plan something when children are involved, but you just need to let kids be kids.

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This was set up using a tripod, and I left it there, connected my Sony A600 I was then able to watch him play then snap a photo when he came close the camera. Because I had this set up I wanted to use my wide angle lens, as if I had a zoom on then it wouldn’t have worked, so I set this up using the Samyang 12mm

My settings here were totally different, As my son wasn’t moving quickly there wasn’t a need for a fast shutter, this was shot as 1/1000 – f8 – iso400.

 

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I love this photo taken from the same location as above, I personally think it portrays what our kids should be like in todays society. Here he has his Joules Wellies on, Oliviers Boutique foxy leggings, and Zara puffa coat, its a great miss mash but just look how much fun he is having. and thats what I love about totally natural photos.



This is what I love about photography. sometimes its not always about the gear you have its about time and patience, going out with your family and having fun and just taking images, of course having a dedicated camera helps due to the quality of images they produce and if you are wanting prints doing – then having a decent cameras helps.

Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.

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14 Comments

  1. 2nd March 2018 / 8:50 am

    Gorgeous photo’s, I am a newbie when it comes to photography but photo’s like these are really encouraging to keep learning! Great shots #ThatFridayLinky

    • 4th March 2018 / 9:06 am

      Aw thank you, really appreciate it, all it takes is practice

  2. 2nd March 2018 / 9:38 pm

    Beautiful photos mate you really have a talent something I definitely lack Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

    • 4th March 2018 / 9:07 am

      Just keep on taking photos, you will find your style,

    • 4th March 2018 / 9:07 am

      Just keep on taking photos, you will find your style,

  3. 4th March 2018 / 6:42 am

    Now you see this post basically inspires me to get a better camera. I use a good DSLR, but I’m thinking it’s time I got one with a super faster shutter speed. You will probably find Lewis, as your kids get older that every time they see a camera they’ll strike some kind of pose inspired by their favourite YouTubers or some ridiculous hand gesture! The trick is to take shots on burst mode but my camera has limited capacity to do this. This was a useful tutorial, thanks.

    • 4th March 2018 / 9:19 am

      Im glad it inspires you. there are plenty of cameras out there that offer this, so m camera shoots upto 11fps which is pretty quick, meaning I can get some excellent action shots. He already likes striking poses now if he knows im pointing the camera at him ha.

      IF you want any help with camera though give me a shout.

  4. 4th March 2018 / 7:53 am

    My sons are less willing to pose now so I’m having to get better st catching them as they play. Thanks for the great tips 🌟 #mysundayphoto

  5. 4th March 2018 / 8:12 am

    I totally agree with you on the love of photography. I always shoot on manual and find it far easier to control. That last shot is just lovely. #MySundayPhoto

  6. 4th March 2018 / 8:15 am

    Lovely photo’s, always helps to have some great scenery too

  7. 4th March 2018 / 8:49 am

    Good tips to help people improve their photos.

    Some lovely photos in the post.

    Thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

  8. 4th March 2018 / 9:43 pm

    Stunning pictures. I particularly love the one with the giant stick, something about the framing really makes it pop!

  9. 6th March 2018 / 5:30 pm

    I love the height of the photos. I feel so close to the subject like I am there with them. My fave is the first photo because of the action captured =) #MySundayPhoto

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