5 Tips For Photographing Your Kiddos On Your Mobile Phone

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on August 21, 2012

I love taking pictures of my kiddos. While they sleep. While they play. When they laugh. When they cry. When they’re busy. When they’re bored. While they just are.

My DSLR is big and bulky. And, with fabulous cameras built in to mobile phones these days, little point and shoots are all but obsolete. But, are you making the most of your mobile phone’s camera?

Photo taken using the Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone and edited with Fhotoroom

Here are 5 tips for taking great photos of your kids on your mobile phone:

1. Keep still, but don’t expect your kiddos to. Take candid shots. Don’t try to pose your kids or make them smile. Just photograph your kiddos as they sleep, play, and be.

2. Get close. I love pictures of my babies’ faces consuming the whole frame. These photos, whether taken on my Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone or my DSLR, are the ones that get blown up and framed. Photos of tiny feet and hands are precious, and the close-up of your toddlers spaghetti covered face are priceless.

3. Just keep snapping. Taking lots of shots will guarantee that one great shot. Experiment with the angle of the shot and images within the frame. Sometimes the flower, straw, or balloon should be the focus while your kiddo is just enjoying the “prop”.

4. Make sure the kiddos are well lit. Lighting is to photography as location is to Real Estate. Avoid shadows and harsh lighting, but don’t worry too much about it. The coloring can be manipulated once the photo has been taken.

5. Remember – you can edit later. There are some great Windows Phone photo editing apps that you can use to put the finishing touches on your images, even after your kiddos are fast asleep. I like to quickly add captions and crop my images with Apict. I add filters, get rid of red eyes, adjust white balance, and add effects with Fhotoroom. And Sophie Cam is a MUST have app for snapping and sharing your photos across all of your social media outlets.

What are some of YOUR tips and tricks for taking great pictures of your kids with your Windows Phone? Perhaps YOU have a favorite photo app… Inquiring minds want to know!

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karendye August 22, 2012 at 10:34 am

Thanks for the tips! My biggest struggle is avoiding a bunch of blurry photos. I love your example photo. Adorable!

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Christine - From Dates to Diapers August 22, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Blurry photos are not easy to avoid. The key is to stay very still and take lots! A bunch of blurry pictures are no biggie when you’ve managed to capture that one money shot!

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Debbye August 22, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Great tips! Thanks! I can NEVER remember to bring my real camera and use my phone ALL the time! I utilize #3 for my non-picture loving kids. I have to snap at least 20 pictures to get one decent on of my two year old. And my 12 year old? Forget it! I have to sneak up on her to even get her in a shot, and have to tickle her in order to get a smile on camera!
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Christine - From Dates to Diapers August 22, 2012 at 8:08 pm

The things we do to capture our kids on “film”!

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Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) August 22, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Great tips Christine! I am SO grateful that technology allows us to snap away all day every day! :)

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Amy from Resourceful Mommy August 22, 2012 at 8:23 pm

I love the tip about lighting! That is the one area where my mobile phone camera falls down, and the one thing I always forget!
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Whitney Wingerd August 23, 2012 at 10:29 am

Great tips! I’m an Instagram junkie, it can make any photo look fabulous!
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Danielle Smith August 23, 2012 at 11:03 am

Great suggestions! I have a big, beautiful Nikon, but constantly rely on my phone for pictures in a hurry – you are so right – the lighting is so important, but I do love that we have so many photo editing options to make us look less amateur :)
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Cathie J August 24, 2012 at 5:55 am

Thanks for the tips. Very useful. Thanks for the post. Come visit me at toddlersthroughpreschool anytime and leave some feedback!
Cathie J

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Vera August 27, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Great tips!! Always use my phone — these will be helpful
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