A picture is worth a thousand words.
It's true, especially in our image-saturated world of Facebook, Instagram, infographics, Pinterest, YouTube and other social media.
It's no less true for your children's ministry, especially if you're wanting to connect with your community and highlight the regular excitement and activity of your Sunday and mid-week programs.
If you're unsure whether to outlay the time and effort to include regular pics of your program in your kidmin social media, read this post about the relevance of Pinterest for children's ministry. Our experience has been that parents, even the ones that never come along to church or stay to talk following the programs, know about information and updates we've posted on our kidmin Facebook page.We have more people following our Facebook page (friends & families from the community) than church family. So.. yes, I think it's worth the time and effort.
Some churches and children's ministries find a talented, enthusiastic volunteer to regularly snap photos of all that's happening each Sunday or during special events. If you can find such a person, great! If not, you'd be surprised how effective you and your smartphone camera can be ... with a few hints from the experts.
* 7 Steps to Better Blog Photos ...this is a great site and the simple points listed will encourage and inspire you.
* 11 Composition Tips for taking Great Photos with your iPhone... these tips are little more involved but I have started using the grid feature of my smartphone, as suggested, and it has made a big difference. Check out the tips..
* 10 Quick iPhone Tips.. nice, simple tips but really helpful.
* Take Better Pictures with your Phone: my best tips, tricks and apps...a different style of blog but the hints are really helpful. Check out the first one- 'Stand still'. Actually, when you're with kids during a program, that's probably easier than it sounds.
* 15 tips on how to take good photos with your iPhone... I've just been told about this one so check it out! There are plenty of great hints and ideas for you to try.
Read up.. practice.. and have fun. I think the most helpful hint for me is to take lots of photos.. you can always delete the ones that don't work out.