5 Tips for Capturing Amazing Photos of Your Kids Outdoors

5 Tips for Capturing Amazing Photos of Your Kids Outdoors

Author: Arika Bauer

As a professional family adventure photographer in Zion National Park, I often get asked by parents what the secret is for getting great shots of kiddos in the outdoors. Being a mama of three myself, I know how fun it is to have great photos of our outdoor adventures whether it be at the park, paying in the backyard, or hiking a beautiful trail in Zion. I have put together a few of my best tips for capturing amazing outdoor photos all while having a great time.


Change upThe Fox Tee Photos: Arika IG @zionadventurephotog

Don’t just stand and shoot. Try to mix up the angles you are shooting from. Get down on your child's level, get above them, get below them, get behind them. Changing up your angle is a great way be creative and have fun with photography.


Bear Toddler Tee Photos: Arika IG @zionadventurephotog

We all love having photos of our kids where they are smiling and looking at the camera, but don’t forget to get somewhere they are just playing and being themselves. Be a fly on the wall and just observe and snap. If you’re patient, magic will happen.


Photos: Arika IG @zionadventurephotog

Plan your hikes or outdoor time, earlier in the day or around sunset to get the very best light for photos. If you are out in the middle of the day look for some shade to photograph in so that you won’t have to worry about harsh shadows. Cloudy days are also really great.


Bear Toddler Tee Photos: Arika IG @zionadventurephotog

When you’re in the outdoors, use the beauty of your surroundings to your advantage. Position yourself so that you are back far enough to get the kiddos and the environment in the same shot. That means stepping back if you’re photographing with a smartphone or a point and shoot camera. If you are shooting with a DSLR, use a wide angle lens like a 24mm.


Photos: Arika IG @zionadventurephotog

Don't make photos a bad thing for your kiddos. If you are constantly pulling out the camera and telling them to stop what they are doing to smile at the camera, they will quickly develop a dislike for your camera. Turn up the fun when you pull out the camera. Give them fun things to do while you take photos like running towards you or jumping up and down. Play games and have fun while you snap. Real smiles are always the best smiles!

I hope next time you go out and want to capture the moment that a few of these tips will be useful. And if it’s just not happening, put the camera down and go have a good time because, in the end, all that matters is that you are getting out and having fun together.


About the Author: 

Arika is a talented photographer based in southern Utah, she's developed a career out of her talents, passions, and being conveniently located in one of the most scenic places in the country. In her own words, "My name is Arika and I am a local girl with 3 kiddos a camera and a major love for all things outdoors. I am so excited to offer families and couples visiting Zion National Park and Southern Utah a unique way to remember their adventures. I am passionate about capturing those beautiful moments that occur when families explore and enjoy the outdoors. I can't wait to share the beauty and wonder of one of the most stunning parks on the planet with you and your loved ones!"

Check out Arika and her services on her website: zionadventurephotog.com

See more of Arika's photos below and in Amanda's post, 4 Life Lessons I'm Teaching My Kids Through Adventure

The Buffalo Tee

The Outfitter Tee

The Fox Tee

The Buffalo Tee

Bear Toddler Tee


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