Photographing children
Tips for Photographing Twins & Triplets

All parents want to capture their child on film and parents of twins and triplets are no different; however, taking photographs of twins and triplets can be more challenging. That's one of the reasons digital cameras are a twin mom's best friend--that and some advice from a mom who's been there, done that and has the pictures to prove it!

1. Patience
Taking photographs of your twins or triplets may be a trying experience. Expect to take at least 250 to 300 photographs if you are trying for a formal portrait. Capturing your toddlers in action may require as many as 50 photographs. Their attention spans are fairly short so take a break when you need to and let the kids run around for a few minutes.

2. Baby Wranglers
When taking formal portraits, try to have at least two other people (three or four if you have triplets or quads) to assist you. Your baby wranglers can make sure your toddlers don't run off in different directions-so you can concentrate on taking a great photograph.

3. Setup
Arrange the setting and props in advance when taking a formal portrait. Use a white sheet, a folding screen, or a painted wall as the backdrop-just keep it neutral. Decide whether you want one child sitting and one standing or both sitting. For seating options, try a rocking horse, small footstool, or kid-size chair. Pick out a few toys or props such as teddy bears or other stuffed animals, pumpkins, or a big bow that will keep them occupied while you take the photographs.

4. Outfits
For formal portraits, keep the outfits simple. Basic colors such as red, white, dark green, navy blue, or black work well. White shirts for boys No crazy patterns, ruffles or big bows that overpower your children and detract from their features. Shoes are optional for young children.

5. Candid Shots
Candid shots are the best way to capture your child's personality. Once your children are mobile it's time to start using the sports or action setting on the camera for just about every photograph you take (except formal portraits). Rarely will your toddlers stand still for a photographic moment. Once they see the camera, they will come running toward it--and you--making it difficult to take a good candid shot.

6. Close-ups
Avoid having a lot of background in the shot by taking close-up shots. You want to capture your children not the mess in the background that you will only have to crop out of the picture later. Engage your kids in conversation or use a few props or toys (see #3 for ideas) that will capture their attention and take the focus away from you and the camera. This is where a zoom feature can come in handy.

7. Get Down to Their Level
One of the best techniques for capturing your children on film is photograph your children at their eye level. So get down on one knee and click away.

Last but not least, even though you probably think of your multiples as a unit, be sure to take individual pictures in addition to group photos.

Recommended reading:
Photographing Children and Babies: How to Take Great Pictures
Children's Portrait Photography: A Photojournalistic Approach

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