Photographing children is incredibly rewarding, but at times it may be tricky depending upon the age of the child. Using these 3 techniques when photographing children can prove to be extremely beneficial in the success of the session.
- Learn about the client and child prior to the session
- Control location if possible
- Focus on shutter speed
Learn about the client and child prior to the session
Speak with your client prior to the session to discuss their expectations. So many fun ideas are usually generated during those conversations. Does their child like to find and smell flowers, play peek-a-boo, play with airplanes, pretend to be a superhero, etc? Be certain to ask the parents to schedule the session during a time when the child is at their best; ask mom and dad when the child is typically happiest. This upfront work will help you build a more focused plan for the session. You can even plan to incorporate a fun activity or chat with them about something they like during your time together. Suggest that your client bring the child’s favorite lovey, some snacks that aren’t messy, and more clothing changes than they need. Have them prioritize the outfits they “have-to-have” their child in and shoot those first and then let the child choose an outfit or two toward the end of the session. Unfortunately, we are only able to spend a small amount of time with each of our clients and creating a comfortable environment as quickly as possible during the session can prove to be critical. The sooner everyone is comfortable, the sooner you will be able to capture those magical images. Remember if the child becomes frustrated or unhappy, let them take a break, hang out with their lovey, and have a little snack picnic, and don’t forget to grab some cute candid images during this time. If you’ve done your homework with the clients prior to the session, selecting a location for the session will be a lot easier.
Control location if possible
Focus on shutter speed
Jennifer McCarren is a portrait photographer specializing in custom newborn, child, and family photographer who occasionally dabbles in other types of portraiture. Jennifer’s ability to connect with a child and respond to their emotions is what makes her portraiture so magical. She is passionate about photography, capturing those moments that tell a story and touch the hearts of her audience. Being a mother of two boys, she has a patient and calming personality which resonates with everyone she photographs.