Everyone loves kids. Even people who say they don’t love kids have a soft spot for the little ones, and those people without children often adore the children of their friends and relatives. Their bright, smiling faces reflect so much hope and promise, so much unsullied enthusiasm and happiness they make us happy in turn. That’s one reason they’re as popular as the subjects of photos on canvas placed on our walls to brighten up the rooms in our homes.
Getting those perfect shots, though, is another matter entirely. Part of that sweet, innocent enthusiasm kids exude is a bit of chaos, and getting them to sit still for a photo usually results in complete failure or the stiff, bland-faced pose of the “recently yelled at”. No one wants “shell shocked” to be an expression on the faces of your children when you hang those pictures on the walls – here’s how to get awesome, natural photos of your kids without yelling, bribing – or Photoshop.
Wait ‛Til They’re Asleep
Does it feel like cheating? Maybe – but your kids won’t look any more angelic and peaceful than when they’re off in dreamland resting up for tomorrow’s adventures. Babies are ideal when they’re asleep, of course, but even older kids can be snapped discreetly while sleeping. Depending on their age you might want to ask their opinion or permission before slapping a sleepy photo of them on the wall – but there’s no doubt the photo will make for some awesome photos on canvas.
Best Photos on Canvas: Set a Timer
It’s easy to set up your camera in a corner of the kids’ playroom and attach a cheap timer to the shutter. Choose a good angle and put the camera in a spot that won’t be noticed, then set the timer to click the shutter every minute or so. Then just relax and let the kids be kids. Later in the day, you’ll have hundreds of shots to look through – and we guarantee at least one will be absolutely perfect. No one composes a photo better than the universe itself – your kids will be caught in mid-adorable, guaranteed.
Give the Camera … to the Kids
You might cringe at the idea of handing over your expensive phone or DSLR to the tiniest, stickiest hands in the house, but think about it: Drafting the kids themselves into the fun is a great way to get vibrant, playful, posed for photos from the kids! Make it a special project and let them go to town. You’ll be absolutely amazed at the results, which will be filled with fun and energy even if they are lacking in some formal composition.
In the end – we’re talking about children. Almost any photo you snap is worth hanging on the wall. Take enough, and a few will eventually emerge that have that certain something that makes them into compelling pieces of wall art. And when you’ve found those gems, send them here and we’ll transform that raw material into a piece of art you’ll be proud to display even after the kids are grown.