Oh the pumpkin patch! It’s that once a year activity (or maybe you visit several times in the month of October) that you want a perfect Fall photo in the pumpkins patch with your kids! But pumpkin patch photography is no joke. The kids are too wild and pumped up and excited in the beginning to get any decent photos, and then at the end they are wiped out! (Or at least I’m assuming this is the case for everyone, because this is definitely the way for me…)
Slow activities are ideal for the best child photography, but these fun Fall activities are anything but slow! These are my 6 tips for better pumpkin patch photography!
Pumpkin Patch Photography Tips:
1. Stick to candid shots.
This is a once a year trip for us! The girls were way too excited to pause for a picture! To avoid frustration and keep it fun, stick to candid shots!
2. Be quick with the group shots!
I’m not going to pretend… We still want the group shot whether they like it or not! Sooo, since they are too excited (or too exhausted haha… Girls were fried by the time we got to the patch), just do your best! In the corn maze, we started with group pictures to “get them over with” more or less. In the pumpkin patch, Betty was soooo tired, I really didn’t think we were going to get a group shot, but at the very end, while we were waiting with our pumpkins for the hayride back, someone snapped a family photo! 4 shots and I picked one! Pumpkin patch photography with kids has to be quick and done!
3. Get on their level.
Avoid taking photos as you look down at the kids! Get down on their level! I almost had my camera on the ground at one point!
4. Put the camera down.
Don’t get stuck behind the lens! Put the camera down and look around. Be present so they don’t expect you with the camera to your face. This allows you to see more of those picture perfect moments and then you can grab your camera when the moment calls, and snap a picture before they have a chance to turn and run!
5. Always have the right setting.
Just make sure your settings are always right! The girls were filled with so much excitement/it was just about nap time, that every second counted. I kept checking my setting so that when the moment struck, I could snap the photo before the girls even noticed! I took many that were overexposed, but nothing I couldn’t adjust in Photoshop later on!
6. Get creative with the back of their head.
Unless you have the energy and consistency to keep running ahead of them to try to get pictures, start getting creative shots involving the back of their head! Notice how few of the shots they were looking at the camera and how many shots I have at the back of their head! Just because you can’t get their face doesn’t mean you can’t get a good photo!