Child Headshot Photography

5 Steps to Taking a Great Headshot Portrait of  Your Kid

I love photographing my kid! As a family, we try to find fun new ways to spend time together on rainy days and this day was no exception. While the rain was falling I opened up the garage, set up a backdrop and created a fun place for my son to play while I photographed him. Here are my tips for how you can take great photos of you kids at home too.

  1. A great headshot starts with a great looking child. Make sure your kid is well dressed and groomed. Try to choose clothing that has simple patterns and no large graphics that will distract from the child’s face. Make sure the outfit fits your child well too.
  2. Choose a non-distracting backdrop. It doesn’t have to be a studio backdrop, just something simple and clean. A fence, wall or even a sheet can work great.
  3. Look for clean lighting. Try shooting in shade to minimize the shadows on the child’s face.
  4. To get the child to look at the camera have someone hold an iPhone or mirror next to the camera so the child can see him or herself. This will usually make the child smile too. To get kids to stand still I usually give them something to play with. Try to find something small that goes with the scene. I like leaves and flowers; they are small and non-distracting.
  5. Make sure to get a great closeup shot as well as a full body shot.

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