How to photograph kids

How to photograph kids (Courtesy of Nicole Renee / May 31, 2013)

Kids are moving targets. Moms (and would-be photographers) know this all too well: Children and their special moments can be fleeting, making it tough to capture memories on camera, especially if that new DSLR camera itself remains a mystery.

But steady aim can be taught. Nicole Renee, professional newborn photographer and owner of Nicole Renee Newborns, offers a solution to moms still fidgeting with fancy cameras.

In her Shoot My Kids! workshops, Renee, who is one of just a handful of 100 percent digital newborn photographers in Baltimore, can teach even the novice photographer how to create beautiful family portraits. Though her tutorials particularly cater to owners of DSLR cameras, her tips and techniques can also benefit those with simple point-and-shoot cameras. No special equipment is required to achieve the creative effects that she teaches.

Renee offers her workshops in three modes: private, in-person Moms Night Out workshops; public, in-person group workshops in the Baltimore region; and online workshops. Each workshop lasts around three hours and costs $99. In these sessions, Renee covers the basics of camera settings, the 10 key elements of creating impressive images, how to use light, how to control shutter speed and aperture, the differences between image formats and where to print photo products. Following the workshop, attendees can ask questions and obtain individual guidance.

Get a schedule of Renee’s upcoming workshops by visiting her websites, shootmykidsworkshop.com and nicolereneenewborns.com. Renee can also be found on Facebook at facebook.com/nicolereneephoto and on Pinterest at pinterest.com/znprb.