This is a post we have touched on before but it is something I get asked about all the time!
"How do I get my children to have a photo taken without them looking like soldiers standing rigid against a wall and saying cheese?"
Firstly, never EVER ask them to say cheese, it always leads to awkward faces or teethy smiles that aren't natural looking. I can spot a "say cheese" photo a mile away. For example, in the photo below I asked my children to say cheese.
You can almost hear them saying "cheeeeeeeeeeese" can't you?
In the photo below I asked my son to tell me what colour eyes his sister has, and I asked her to tell me if he had spinach in his teeth, then I sang a silly made up song. Literally anything to get them to relax their mouths, look at each other or look at me. I continually snapped away whilst having this conversation. In doing this their positions were less rigid, they fell into natural poses and relaxed enabling me to capture a photo that represents them and not just their big toothy fake smiles.
"How do I avoid blurry photos? I mostly take photos with my iphone but I do have a DSLR"
Unless a bit of motion blur is the look you are going for it can be a pain in the arse! You really need to be taking a photo in good light conditions to capture something or someone moving without the blur. Using your iphone in good light conditions will help but capturing movement is a lot easier on a camera which allows you to play around with the shutter speed. The faster the shutter speed the easier capturing movement without a blur will be. Unfortunately the iphone doesn't allow you to change the settings the best way around it is to keep the space/subject you are photographing well lit and continuously shoot.
The photo below was taken with a Canon DSLR on a gloomy day, my daughter is moving and splashing a lot in the puddle but there is no motion blur because the fast shutter speed enabled me to freeze her in motion.
Lastly, think outside the box. You don't have to get your children to line up for a photograph, try getting them to lie down, do a hand stand, balance on one leg, put on silly outfits, having fun always makes for a better photo.
image credit Rosewarne Cox Photography