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6 Tips for Taking Amazing Candid Photos of Your Kids This Summer {Nashville, TN Lifestyle Photographer}

Warm weather is HERE and it’s time to pull out the sprinklers and pop-up pools! Summer is so ripe for photos with it’s long days of sunlight, colorful palettes and large, popsicle-stained smiles!

We want to be able to capture that summer magic in photos. It’s so fleeting and the years move on too quickly, so having memories of our summers is so important. While I love gathering all the kiddos in one big group and asking them all to give me a crazy grin, I’m REALLY a fan of candidly capturing these hot-day & warm-night moments.

Now, I am always available for a summer lifestyle session - which I fully believe more people should do!! No one ever thinks to have a summer day or night professionally captured and it’s just THE BEST!!! But, since I can’t be there for you allllll the days…

…I want YOU to be able to be the best memory keeper that you can be for your family, I thought I’d share some of my top tips when it comes to taking candid photos of your kids!

And what would photo tips be without photos?! haha! DUH.

I’m often not far from my camera, and when we blew up this darling little MiniDip pool from Target for the first time, I KNEW I had to grab it and capture the first dip of “summer!” (Summer in quotes because it’s technically still spring.) And it has shows just about all the tips I talk about!

That brings me to my tips:

  1. Capture the FIRSTS. First dip in the pool this summer. First steps into the ocean. First lick of an ice cream cone. First one to cannonball into the pool without even feeling the water beforehand!

    In these images, it was our FIRST time in this adorable pool!

  2. Capture the LASTS. The last one out of the pool. The last one left cleaning up. The last one to fall asleep. The last neighborhood gathering before school begins again.

  3. Never ask anyone to look at you. That’s the whole point of CANDID! You don’t want to bring anyone out of the moment - it’ll stop the moment and ruin all the candid fun. Try to be a fly on the wall so that you can truly capture your kiddos all caught up having a good time (or maybe pouting in a corner - haha!)

  4. Move around. Stand up. Lie down. I talk a lot about changing your point of view when shooting the same scene. Most people simple stand there at the normal height they normally and shoot normally. Normal is no fun! haha! Get high and get low and move all around!

  5. Take photos of DETAILS. You don’t always have to see everyone’s face to tell your story! Don’t you love baby butt cheek hanging out of a swimsuit?! It’s the best! Take a photo of it! Wet hair, grass-covered feet, little fingers and little toes, even details of the objects that you’ll probably forget about years from now.

  6. Make it so no one can see you. If it’s possible to get completely hidden, but still get some photos, this is the BEST for capturing candids! On this day, once my girls started inviting some neighbor kids over to play, I went inside and shot through our kitchen window. They had no idea! haha!

BONUS TIP: Use a black & white filter on some, especially ones that you took in bright sunlight. They look amazing and it will add a “moment in time” feel to your photo!

So, take a look at my little backyard shoot and see if you can see my tips at play!

sisters in backyard pool
little girl swimming in lemon mini dip from target


5 year old in lemon pool
goofy face girl being silly in a pool
girl sitting on the side of a lemon blow up pool
candid photo of girl in backyard pool
little girl in polka dot bathing suit
black and white image of sisters in pool
sisters playing in minidip lemon pool
little girl being silly in a blow up pool
8 year old girl plays in backyard
little girl in backyard pool green grass
black and white image of sisters playing in small pool
little girl running out of pool
sisters jumping in small backyard pool
splash in pool
little girl does big jump into pool
sisters play in lemon pool in backyard
sisters jump in blow up pool
young girl stands in bathing suit black and white
5 year old splashes in backyard pop up pool
neighbor kids play in pool
kids play in pool as seen through a window
kids play in pool through window
older sister sits on porch playing with slime
black and white image of girl on porch
friends eating dinner on porch
Tips & Visual Inspiration to Take Photos of Your Kids in the Same Scene in Many Ways!
how to take better photos of your kids

You guys! I know SO MANY of you want EASY tips that you can implement FAST to help you take better photos of your kids. And today, I totally have you covered! Not only will this post provide some awesome visual inspiration, but it will also help you to document your days in a more well-rounded way. Because I know that if you’re reading this, YOU are the one who makes sure that memories get preserved in your family! And I want to support you by making sure that you know how to look for and capture the DETAILS that will serve as wonderful reminders of how things used to be.

HOW do you do this, you ask?! It’s really pretty simple! First, can we all just acknowledge how often we just STAND THERE and take a photo? We see our kids doing something that we simply MUST take a photo of, so we grab our phone and STAND THERE and take a photo and go, “THERE! GOT IT!” But did you think about if you got it…ALL? Or, if there was a BETTER way to take the photo that would TELL THE STORY more clearly? More intimately? More beautifully? Probably not, but that’s okay! Let’s start to change that right now! (cue confetti, because, duh, confetti)

It’s all about PERSPECTIVES and ANGLES. You’ve GOT to change them! Let’s get into how to do this:

  1. GET HIGH - (Not Jim Breuer high) Literally, stand on something. A couch, a stool, move a chair, heck, I’ve been known to hop right on top of my kitchen island! Get yourself up high and shoot facing down.

  2. GET LOW - Squat. Lie on your belly. Shoot from there. Then, roll over and shoot facing up. Have a glass table? Get under it while your kiddo plays Legos on it. Even just getting on the same level as your kiddo will give you a different perspective.

  3. WALK AROUND - Yes, add some steps to your FitBit and walk AROUND your kid. Take photos from the back, the side, the side-back (you follow, I know you do). Don’t worry if something gets in your foreground a little - the sides of a couch, some wall or even a plant in the foreground can add a little visual interest and help set the scene.

  4. GET NEAR - Get close up! Closer than you normally would. This is a great opportunity to capture DETAILS. Little fingers, toes sticking out of blankets, first curls, etc.

  5. GET FAR (this is so Bert & Ernie) - LIke, way far. Keep backing up and then hear me lean in and whisper, “More.” And then you’ll be like ALL THE WAY BACK HERE? BUT I’VE LEFT THE ROOM!” Yes! Back there! (Provided you can still at least somewhat see your kiddo.) These big “scene” shots are so fun to look back at later - you’ll notice all kinds things that represented what life was like for you then!

Now, let’s move on to my example of using perspectives and angles. My daughter was all snuggly one day over Christmas break, just watching YouTube Kids on my phone, having nothing else to worry about or do. I loved the red that surrounded her and that this was our first Christmas in our new house. So, I grabbed my camera. SHE never moved, I did. Hopefully, these 11 photos will give you some good ideas as to how you can take better photos of your kids by changing your perspective and your angles!

Feeling inspired? Show me whatcha got by sharing and tagging me @lizahippler on Instagram!

girl cozy on couch with red pillows
Christmastime cozy with little girl
girl on couch watching iphone
overhead photo of five year old girl
legs sticking out of blanket
close up of toes of little girl on couch
girl cozy in cardigan on couch
back of couch shot of girl snuggly on couch
girl snuggled on couch watching iphone
legs on couch
little girl laughing at youtube kids on iphone


Ideas, Tips & Tricks to Photographing Your Children: Through the Window {franklin, tn family lifestyle photographer}

So often as parents we say, "Stay here, I'll be back in a second," right? Maybe we need to run upstairs to grab something and don't want our toddler clunking up eight steps in the time it would have taken us to run up and down past her about 14, waving hello as we flew by.  For me, this time is walking the dog - either in the freezing cold, the boiling heat or simply when my kids whine I DON'T WANT TO GO.  So, there they are, left looking at me out the window.  Taking a photo of your kid with you on one side of the window and them on the other is a great way to show just how much we really are in two different worlds.  Maybe they're on the other side having tons of fun without you, or maybe, like this one, they wish they could grow up fast and be an adult just like you.  If you try a photo like this, put it on Instagram and tag #lhp-throughthewindow - let me see what you've got!

black and white image of little girl looking longingly out a large window