How You Can Take A Better Portrait Of Your Child

Taking child portraits will be covered a lot on our website.  Photographing my children is the number one reason why I got into photography, now I just can’t stop!

Many of us want better pictures of our children. We want something to look back on as they grow up.  I try to make it a point to get at least four portraits of my children per year.  I normally try to get one per season, but unfortunately this does not always work out.  Life always seems to get in the way somehow and I end up making one up in the next year, here and there, but hey, with six kids, that gets busy!

Recently one of my son’s said to me.. “Hey dad, can you take a better picture of me?  I really don’t like my school pictures.”   WOW, of course I can!!!!  Let me grab my camera and reflector!

We took off walking from our house, because that is what we do.  We live in a downtown area of a smaller suburb type town with some beautiful old buildings and a few great parks within walking distance.  My son had a location in mind, so we went to the old buildings.  He wanted a “cool old brick” background as he put it.

Of course, this was in the early even hours because we want some of that great soft light for portraits.  We get to our destination.  I check my camera settings and make sure I am set to Aperture Priority Mode and open my aperture wide open to F1.8 for the shallowest depth of field to make sure I get that beautiful blur in the background.

Check out the results below. Sure beats any school picture, at least in my opinion.  This gives me a chance to show his personality a bit, which obviously is not available in a school picture.  This was his cool pose. 🙂  I think I will save the other portraits just for me and his momma.  I think you will understand.


Children's Portrait

Wait, what is that I hear?  My other kids want their picture taken!  Looks like we will make a video for you soon, showing all of the steps of taking a great children’s portrait.


Wouldn’t you love to take better portraits of your loved ones?  It is really easy and you don’t even need a special expensive camera to do it.  Just sign up for free updates (over in the right sidebar) and we will send you an email about once per week with portrait tips.  We promise to take care of your email, no games….   What are you waiting for?  Sign up now.


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