Photographing kids, especially at an age of willfulness should be a disaster. But, fortunately, it isn’t, not for me. In fact, my success with kids has far surpassed anything I’ve done with adults. So, I decided to share my experience in what makes me successful and why bringing your kids to me is a cinch. I believe the best pictures are those that are taken when the subject is exuding authenticity. You see, adults and parents, in an effort to help the situation will make things slightly, ok a lot more difficult.
There are photographers out there that will do the same. Are they bad at what they do? No. Are they just simply missing a big point? Yes. Here’s the point. The essence of what a child is can be your best friend as a photographer. There is a 100% chance of capturing pure magic when you have a photographer that follows these simple rules of thumb.
Don’t ask them to smile:
Asking a child to smile is like asking for the most superficial, forced smile ever. This is not me. This is not any of my clients’ kids. When you connect with the child at a simple level instead of trying to control what they do, you’ll come up roses and with the most delightful natural faces. You’ll see my tips are centered on that.
Relax and they will relax right into the plan:
Encouraging imitation of what I’m doing gets the kid to play the game. This means you encourage them to be as relaxed as you are. Make them believe they are running the show to a certain extent and have fun. This took practice but, because I love kids, it was an easy job.
Get mom and dad out of the way!
Yes, I simply love having mom and dad participation but, when it comes to getting the kids to settle down, it’s no use trying to get the people that they will rebel against the most to chime in. So, I let mom and dad disengage and relax. They soon know I’m in control.
Let them explore their own backdrop:
Outside the studio, their backdrop should be anything goes. Let them, within reason, run to the place on the chosen site that they choose. I get the most interesting and in-depth shots that show the real personality in that child.
Lastly, as a photographer I am myself
That means my personality is good enough for the work I do. I bring the real person in because children are highly intuitive and they pick up on vibes easily. I’m professional but playful and that typically gets them into a much more suggestible mood.
There are few things I love more than photography. But, photographing kids allows the creativity that sometimes lists its way out of any creative profession. Don’t get me wrong, portraits are great and so are events but nothing so intriguing as the characteristics of a child.
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