Taking pictures of your kids is difficult, so how much more difficult will it be if you are photographing your client’s kids? Well, child photography can be challenging but you can make it more fun and stress-free if you apply strategies that are both beneficial to you and your clients.
Here are some strategies to getting wonderful child portraits that will really show the natural beauty and personality of your subject.
Get to know your subject
Before the photo shoot, find time to interact and play with the kid you are going to photograph. Try to speculate the child’s personality and how he is going to react when being photographed. Some kids love being on cam while others can be too shy and may dislike the idea of being shot. It is best to be discreet during the photo shoot so the child will feel more comfortable.
Be fun (and silly!)
Kids love adults who can adjust to their level and play with them. They love it more if you are fun and at the same time silly. Make them laugh with your silliness and try to befriend them. Depending on their age, most kids hate being directed at, thus avoid giving instructions and just photograph them as they play, move or do their stuff. Never compel small kids to smile at the camera. With bigger kids (except shy ones), you can politely ask them to smile on the camera.
Some kids are easy to handle while others will require you to be more patient. Nevertheless, make sure to bring lots of patience with you in every photo shoot. A photo session will usually last two to 3 hours or longer depending on how your subject’s mood. Don’t be in a rush to shoot because the kid will notice it and will most likely dislike it. Be as patient as the photographers of Light Trick Photography
Let them move
Kids love to play so you should not stop moving around or running here and there. You can still get clear sharp images of your moving subject by setting your camera to sports mode. You can also choose aperture priority or portrait modes to set focus on the child and blurry the background.
At times, you can change your camera’s settings to burst or continuous shooting so plenty of pics can be captured in one shot. Shooting plenty can give you more to choose from. Even in wedding or other events, it is best to shoot plenty (as you find it necessary). Even wedding photographers from Graham Warrelow Photography do this.
Use natural light
If you’re shooting indoors, request from the parents to have the photo session in a room with a big window if possible. Move the curtain drapes so the light from the sun can get in. Avoid using the built-in flash of your camera for it will create shadows on the image. If you need more light, use an external flash or another source but not your built-in camera flash.
Bring props or toys
Setting the mood of the child is important in getting those perfect shots. By bringing some props or toys, you can get the child’s attention and can set him in a good mood. Props can be balloons, candies or cute funny toys. You can even have the child hold the prop in one of the pictures.
Best child portraits are those that reflect the real personality and uniqueness of the child. The smile and expressions you see in the photos are genuine and you can really see the beauty of this amazing creation.