Holiday programs and Christmas concerts. Special in-class celebrations like gingerbread day or a New Year's party. This is a busy time of year for preschool teachers and directors. There's a lot of fun, a little chaos and a whole lot of love from those adorable students.
You're likely trying to capture some of the fun by taking photos of these special events. But you're an educator, not a photographer, so it can be difficult to get good photos of little ones. Getting these shots right not only creates something meaningful for parents to always cherish, but is perfect content for your school newsletter, social media pages or marketing efforts.
To make sure the photos you take this holiday season are the best they can be, the experts from Lifetouch Preschool Portraits provide some simple tips to follow:
Go for natural: Rather than stressing about posing kids in hopes of inspiring a cheesy smile, follow their lead and try to capture more natural shots of kids being kids. Get a picture of a child determined to finish his gingerbread house. Snap a shot of the group being silly while rehearsing carols. Don't miss out on that beautiful hug shared between classmates after reading a book together. Candid shots are some of the most memorable.
Be ready: Keep your camera close so you don't miss out on a magical holiday moment! What's more, it's important to be fast, because kids move at lightning speed, and those moments will be gone in an instant. Be sure to set your camera to its fastest shutter speed. Automatic cameras often have a sports setting that works well for busy preschoolers.
Get at their level: Since you're much taller than your students, a lot of your photography will be facing downward if you take pictures standing up. A better vantage point is to get down at the kids' level. Then you're able to be in the moment and capture more visually appealing photographs.
Vary shots: Yes, photos of those angelic faces are always welcome, but you can add some artistic flair to your photo collection by varying your shots. For example, take a closeup of paint-colored hands constructing holiday cards. Snap an image of boot-covered feet tromping through the snow. A shot from behind of two friends holding hands is oh-so-sweet.
Embrace the light: Natural light is a photographer's friend. The problem is it's often limited inside the classroom setting. If the combo of natural and overhead light isn't enough for vivid images, make sure to turn on your flash. If you're having trouble deciding, most cameras have an automatic flash setting where the technology determines if a flash is necessary.
Take many, keep few: In today's age of digital photography, it's best to take many photos during special occasions. Don't worry about checking the images immediately, just keep snapping. After the event, go through the camera and only keep the best ones, cropping and filtering as necessary.
Holiday programs and Christmas concerts. Special in-class celebrations like gingerbread day or a New Year's party. There's a lot of fun, a little chaos and a whole lot of love from those adorable students.