Tips on Photographing Children
I was honored to be interviewed by baystateparent magazine about tips on photographing children in a fun and stress-free way I could share with their readers. This coupled with my book on Storytelling Portrait Photography – How to Document the Lives of Children and Families has been helping families and photographers photograph children and help them feel more comfortable in front of the camera. I love offering a more relaxed and stress free approach to photographing them and it shows in my style of photojournalistic photography. This helps to capture everyone more naturally and who they really are. It’s no longer “say cheese” and look at the camera. It’s about those moments of laughter, hugs and even those quiet little moments in between that are being framed, hung on walls and treasured in photographic albums in homes across the world. I was blessed to a staff photojournalist at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette in Worcester, Mass from 1995-2005. This amazing experience taught my eye to capture the unexpected while creating beautiful images that I capture today for families from all across New England.
Favorite tips I offer to photographing children …
• Let your children have fun and be themselves
• Don’t worry about them looking at the camera
• Give them something to do: throw leaves, eat watermelon outside, blow bubbles, take them jokes to make them giggle and for young children playing peek-a-boo is great too.
• Let them be natural. What do they like to do? Are they into a sport, swinging, dancing or picking flowers…capture them doing that.
• Include their favorite toy or stuffed animal
• If you want a nice smile, don’t ask them to say, “Cheese!” Have them say “spaghetti” or “zucchini” this will provide a more natural smile and create giggles.
• Avoid nap time, lunch time, and times of day when your children are not in their best moods.
• Get the family pet involved, which makes everyone behave more naturally.
• Bribery? It’s OK, Whether is a special trip to get ice cream after their session or even as simple as some stickers
• Don’t force your children to get their pictures taken. As any parent knows, the more you try to get them to do something, the more they resist, If you have an idea in your head and it doesn’t work, move on.
• For siblings, give them something to sit on or in. I’m famous for my little red wagon. It’s the best investment I got 15 years ago.
Here are some favorite images that are featured in my Storytelling Portrait Photography book.
Check out the book for the behind the scenes info on how each image was captured.
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