How to Take Cute Photos of Kids at Your Wedding


Wondering whether you should invite kids to your wedding? This is often a point of contention for brides. While you may be tempted to throw an adults-only event, here's a great reason to reconsider: Kids are a wedding photo goldmine. From silly smiles to sweet candids of them pilfering petits fours off the dessert table or twirling themselves silly on the dance floor, pint-sized guests can add joy and spontaneity to your wedding (and subsequently, your wedding album). Here are five expert tricks for getting kids ready for their close-ups, so you can capture them at their cutest!

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Snap them first
Children get antsy fast, so schedule their formal family portraits early—preferably before the ceremony begins, says Hilda Burke of Chicago's Angel Eyes Photography.

Go for action shots
"You want kids to be themselves, so instead of having them pose, I ask them to jump or run toward me," says Sharon Schuster, a New York City photographer.

See more: How to Entertain Kids at Your Wedding

Engage them
Schuster entices skeptical subjects by letting them look at the screen on her digital camera: "If you show them one image, they'll want to see more—and they'll let you take their photo."

Let them socialize
Kids' interactions with kids and other guests can be pure magic. Have your photographer shoot their dance-offs and cupcake debacles, says Burke.

Don't mess with a moment
"The worst is when you're about to catch a child doing something incredible and funny, and a parent comes over and says, 'Smile!'" says Schuster.

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