Getting creative with playground photography

If you've been taking your children to the playground for 8 years like I have, you might find yourself getting bored with your photos. There are only so many shots you need of your kid coming down the slide.

So, what is to be done? Stop taking photos? Stop going to the playground?

A documentary photo of a boy playing on playground equipment in San Dimas, CA

I found myself here recently. I had even rented a 70-200 lens for a family shoot the following day and wanted to test it out with my own kids. However, once we got to the park, I was bored with all the shots I was making. Other photographers can make art with any lens and here I was with a beautiful lens creating boring snapshots. So, I took a step back.

A sweet photo of a girl on playground equipment in San Dimas, CA by documentary photographer Erica Faith Walker.

I blinked and looked with new eyes at the playground. Suddenly, I saw lines, geometric shapes, interesting shadows and compelling stories.

Sometimes all we need to do to break out of the photography rut is to just decide to see in a new way. So, next time you're bored with your park photography, try these steps:

  1. Close your eyes. Open them when you're ready to see in a new way.
  2. Take your camera out of your normal settings. Get out of your comfort zone.
  3. Experiment with new angles or slower shutter speeds
  4. When you get home, try editing them in a different style


This is a fun black and white photo of a girl on playground equipment in San Dimas, CA by Erica Faith Photography.