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Family Focus: Tips for Photographing Busy Kids

Many of you know that I have two little girls. One is six, the other is two-and-half and they are both extremely busy children. I feel like the majority of my photos, once they started moving, were all a blur.

Now, it’s only getting worse since they started dance and gymnastics. Try snapping the perfect cartwheel or handstand. It used to be virtually impossible for me. Not anymore! These tips for photographing busy kids are going to change your world.

Invest in a Good Camera

Sometimes you have to bite the bullet. I’ve always loved my camera, and if you’ve seen my food photography, you know that I can take a pretty good still photo. When it comes to my girls, they have to be posing, which is frustrating now that they are even more active than before.

I recently told my husband that we needed to upgrade to something meant for shooting moving objects so I don’t miss those spectacular moments.

Video Is All the Rage

If you’ve caught the Snapchat bug then you’re well aware that video is all the rage. You can find me snapping away as melrosefamily. It’s a blast!

However, I quickly learned that at certain events I want something more substantial then my iPhone to take a video. I’d highly recommend having a camera that can take video as well. I shot this clip with my camera. It’s super short, but it shows exactly what Riley needs to be working on at gymnastics.

You’re probably wondering, “How does that possibly show anything,” right? Let me blow your mind.

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This is my daughter trying to perfect her handstands.

Have the Ability to Pull Apart the Video

I’m not talking about video editing. I’m simply talking about the ability to see a video frame-by-frame so that you can catch images like the one below.

Possess the Ability to Pull Images from Videos

I’m sure you’re scratching your head. A couple of weeks ago I didn’t even know that this technology existed. Through a feature called 4K PHOTO Mode, Panasonic LUMIX G7 cameras shoot video and allow you to pick frames within the video to then turn into photographs.

This picture of Riley is one of her favorites because she’s in her early stages of gymnastics and doesn’t quite have the confidence in her ability to try a handstand. When she saw this photo she had no idea that she was getting herself so vertical. She was beaming with pride. I never could have caught this at this height if it had not been able to pull this photo from the video using 4K PHOTO Mode.

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Now I can show my daughter how to perfect her handstands.

Educate Your Kids About the Technology

My girls are at an age where all they want to see are photos of themselves. They’ll act a little sassier if they know that they’re being recorded. It’s just human nature to want to put forth your best side when you know you’re being watched.

Riley thought I was taking pictures and the photo below shocked her. I’ve been trying for weeks to describe how her legs look when she does a cartwheel. I just couldn’t get her to understand. No more explaining after seeing this shot, which again was pulled using 4K PHOTO Mode.

Think of all the ways that you could catch your kiddos in action! With 4K PHOTO Mode, you could catch that perfect jump shot or leaping catch.

What moment are you hoping to catch?

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This is a sponsored post written by The Melrose Family on behalf of Panasonic LUMIX. All opinions are 100% her own.

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