Your Child in Pictures: The Parents' Guide to Photographing Your Toddler and Child from Age One to Ten

Your Child in Pictures: The Parents' Guide to Photographing Your Toddler and Child from Age One to Ten

by Me Ra Koh
     
 

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Photography tips for moms and dads on how to take everyday portraits of children 
 
 
Celebrated photographer and best-selling author Me Ra Koh provides step-by-step instruction on photographing your family and taking pictures of your child. As a companion book to Your Baby in PicturesYour Child in Pictures 

Overview

Photography tips for moms and dads on how to take everyday portraits of children 
 
 
Celebrated photographer and best-selling author Me Ra Koh provides step-by-step instruction on photographing your family and taking pictures of your child. As a companion book to Your Baby in PicturesYour Child in Pictures helps you learn to capture your child's special moments with 40 beautiful “photo recipes” that anyone can do, with any camera.

From first haircuts to first days of school, from snuggly teddy bears to favorite dress-up clothes, the toddler and childhood years are full of precious days that disappear all too soon. What parent doesn’t yearn to freeze the memory of their 2-year-old’s chubby cheeks, or their 6-year-old’s toothless grin?


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for Your Baby in Pictures

“Babies don’t take direction very well (if they did we should start by getting them to shush on airplanes), but Me Ra Koh has made a specialty of coaxing warm, memorable photos from infants, newborns and children.”
The New York Times
 
“Tell your baby’s story in photos—wonderful, beautifully-shot photos. Professional photographer and mom, Me Ra Koh, shows you how to photograph your baby like a pro.”
—Disney Baby
 
“Aside from the gorgeous photos, you'll appreciate Me Ra Koh’s simple, smart advice that gives you everything from how to pose your wee ones to the best time of day and light for both a SLR camera as well as a point and shoot, all based on the age of your kids. . . . I really can't think of a more helpful shower gift for new parents, whether it’s their first or fourth baby.”
—Coolmompicks.com
 
“Provides great step-by-step photo ideas and suggestions to help you document all the developmental milestones of your baby's first year.”
—Mom365.com
 
“This book is perfect for novice and intermediate photographers looking for expert advice and inspiration. . . . Beautiful photography, easy-to-follow language and no-fail photo how-tos make Your Baby in Pictures a must for new parents, grandparents and others looking to capture that precious first year of life like a pro.”
Inside Edge magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823086191
Publisher:
Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
File size:
18 MB
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Read an Excerpt

Photo Recipe: Mommy and Me
 
Do you ever feel like you are “missing in action” when it comes to photos of your child? If so, you’re in good company. I meet countless moms who feel this way. They are often the ones taking the pictures, and as a result, there isn’t any evidence that they were even there! Hand this photo recipe over to Dad or a trusted friend. We are going to walk them through all the steps to not only getting you in the photo but helping you shine!
 
WHEN: Take this photo early in the day, after breakfast when the light outside is neutral to avoid harsh shadows from bright sun, or right before afternoon naptime when the child wants to snuggle with Mom.
 
PREP: Have Mom wear something she feels beautiful and comfortable in. Her level of comfort will show up in the photo much more than the pattern or design of her clothes. Ask Mom and child to sit down—either on the ground or in a chair, on a bench, etc.
 
FOR POINT & SHOOT USERS: Turn your flash off. Set your camera to Portrait mode. This will tell your camera to focus on the subjects and soften the background. If the little one is moving around a lot, set your camera to “Continuous Shooting” mode to freeze the action.
 
FOR DSLR USERS: Turn your flash off. Set your camera to “Continuous Shooting” mode. Choose Aperture Priority mode, and dial your f-stop down to ƒ/4.5. This wider-than-normal f-stop will help ensure both subjects are in focus while simultaneously creating a buttery, blurry background.
 
COMPOSE: I usually opt for a horizontal format for photos of moms because the wide frame gives a calmer feel than does a vertical format. The most flattering way to capture Mom is by shooting down on her. Most women also don’t want their whole body in the photo. It is often more appealing to frame Mom from the waste up; so get in close, and fill the frame with Mom and child. Close any gaps between their bodies by having them snuggle up to each other. The closer their physical bodies are, the more intimate the photo feels.
 
CAPTURE: Focus on either Mom’s eyes or the child’s eyes versus having both their faces in focus. This draws more attention to the photo’s story. Experiment with different viewpoints for Mom. Have her look at her son and smile so that you can capture a nice profile of her smile. Have both of them hold something, like a storybook, that they can look at together. Encourage Mom to keep talking with a smile and even give you a laugh here and there. She may feel awkward, but it will look genuine in the photo. (Tell her I said so if she doesn’t believe you!)

Meet the Author

Me Ra Koh loves cameras, kids, and parents, and spends her time bringing them together. Her work and photo recipes have been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Lifetime Television, Martha Stewart Living Radio, The New York Times, Parenting, and Babble.com. She was the regular guest photo expert on The Nate Berkus Show (NBC) for two years and currently hosts her own show, Capture Your Story with Me Ra Koh, on Disney Junior TV. You can find her at merakoh.com.

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