It’s that time of year, time to get the little one’s photos taken. I love working with kids, especially newborns. For the most part, kids are probably the easiest to photograph. Kids are the easiest because there are only a few rules to to follow to get the perfect picture.
The most important thing to remember when photographing a kid, be a kid. What do I mean by that, you were a kid once, but a kid has never been an adult, put yourself in their shoes. Act like a kid, make noises, get down on their level, make them laugh. If you can do that, you might have a chance.
Kids have the patience of a cat. Yeah you can get their attention for a few minutes, but after that, you need treats to keep it. So, you have to be quick. Set up the photo, but take several pictures while they are moving. Don’t be scared keep taking pictures. If you manage to get a few good shots, you did a good job.
One of my pet peeves when taking pictures of kids, stop screaming at them to smile. That just scares them and it frustrates them. Use your indoor voice, don’t get frustrated when they don’t smile the way you want. That is their smile, you telling them to smile just makes them have a worse smile, make them giggle, make them laugh.
Lastly, don’t be scared to take a bad picture. Which picture do you think you are going to show the boyfriend/girlfriend when they are 16, the good one or the goofy one? Goofy pictures are the ones you will talk about for the rest of their lives.
Kids are probably the easiest clients I have to take pictures of. For the most part, they are raised in front of the camera in today’s world. All you have to do to get them to take a good picture is to remember what it was like when you were a kid. Remember, we are digital, in my day, we were film. During film days it cost per picture you took; in today’s world you can take as many as you want. Go out there and make some memories. You wont regret it.