Photograph Your Family: How-To Take Great Candid Photos Of Kids

Winky Lewis, one of the nations best children photographers, shares her secrets

Capture Interaction

Capture Interaction

Catching kids being kids with other kids almost guarantees good pictures. What you don't want, says Lewis, are kids focusing on your camera.
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Capture Interaction

Capture Interaction

Catching kids being kids with other kids almost guarantees good pictures. What you don't want, says Lewis, are kids focusing on your camera.
Photo: Winky Lewis
Working in low Light

Working in low Light

Lewis prefers natural light; when dim, this means large apertures and limited depth of field. She focuses on what's closest to the camera, like her daugh-ter's first homemade smoothies.
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Childhood Milestones

Childhood Milestones

While Lewis stresses shooting everyday childhood events, she also keeps an eye out for classic childhood moments, as when her daughter discovered makeup.
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Graphics Count

Graphics Count

"Even if my subject is a child's body language or facial expression, I try to look for graphics like this hopscotch grid to add line or structure," she says.
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Group Plan

Group Plan

When she's photographing groups, Lewis looks for one subject to act as a focal point. She also waits until the children share a common point of focus.
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Emotional Range

Emotional Range

"I try to capture the whole range of emotions, not just smiles," notes Lewis. "Otherwise you end up with a one-dimensional portrait of a child." Here, she catches her daughter mid-sulk.
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