Every day we experience unforgettable moments with our children: the first steps, the costume party with the best friends or the first trip to the zoo. Of course, we want to capture them and share them with others.
We should be aware of the way in which photos of our children circulate on the internet — whether on WhatsApp, Instagram, or otherwise on the net. After all, children also have a right to privacy and should be able to participate in decisions about what and how much of them can be seen on the internet, in line with their age.
Those who like to post photos of their loved ones should make sure that the face, surroundings and names are not clearly recognizable. We have collected a few creative ideas to still get beautiful and impressive photos:
Be creative about the camera’s angle of view. A child’s photo from behind, above or below can also be adorable!
If you change the perspective, it can emphasize the image effect. Often it is enough to stand on a stair step or a kitchen chair. However, make sure that your child’s face is not recognizable.
When you go to the child’s eye level, the background looks much more exciting and the viewer gets the feeling of seeing the world from the child’s point of view.
Sometimes we get so busy trying to get everything in one picture at once that we overlook the little things altogether. Details can also tell a story and have an emotional impact.
Interesting and creative photos can also be taken by shooting through other objects (e.g. leaves, fabrics, etc.) or working with water reflection, great puddle photos can be taken and the little ones have fun too!
When you work with light and shadow, some photos look mysterious and exciting and others very artistic. Their advantage is that only silhouettes and no faces are visible.
You may be familiar with photos of children where the faces have been covered up with emojis after the fact. If you already remember when taking the photo that you don’t want children’s faces to be seen, you can cover them up in another way. Sometimes such photos are not intended at all and look natural, for example, when the child just holds his hands or an object in front of his face – as in our example.
Things can also tell stories, especially when you realize they have a connection to a person – like the shoes in our example photo.
Some of the effects mentioned can also be achieved by post-processing photos. For example, you can work with high contrasts and strong backlighting or play with depth of field. When creating a photo collage, images are sometimes displayed so small that the faces are no longer recognizable.
Involve your child as early as possible. Many children are used to being photographed. And looking at photos together on the smartphone is part of everyday family life for many. It is therefore a good idea to talk about the publication of photos on the internet at an early stage in a way that is appropriate for children. As early as elementary school age, children can discuss what the internet is and what it means when photos are published on the Net.
Whether and how much you or your child disclose about yourself on the internet is up to you. Above all, it is important to deal with the topic. Both parents and children should be aware of the consequences of posting pictures of themselves and others on the internet. Our article on children’s photos on the internet can serve as a stimulus for a joint discussion.