Trade Secret: Photographing Children is Doing What You LoveI've got a little secret: Working with kids is just plain good fun. Doing what you love is important in any creative endeavor and essential when it comes to photographing children. The good news is that it's easy to find the joy in photographing kids. In fact, I have the best job in the world!
Fun Children Photographs: Enjoy the Shooting SessionOnce you accept that play is not just a frivolous recreation but a darned serious vocation for a child, and you learn how to play in ways that are appropriate for each child's interests and abilities, you'll have taken a big step toward establishing a successful working relationship with your young subjects.
Make the photo session something the child wants to do (i.e. have fun and play), and you'll have a much better chance of accomplishing your own objective - making fabulous portraits that you can be proud of.
Use Parents as Props When Capturing Fun Children PhotographsSo how do I get pictures of the little dickens? Simple. I include mom or dad as a backdrop or a prop. I let the child keep hold of the leg; shoulder; hand, move in tight for a close up, use a long lens, and let the parent become a simple compositional element.
It's not a cop-out. It works. In fact, I like these shots so much I actually shoot them on purpose now and not as a last resort. Sometimes I set up the shot - "Mommy, will you come over here and stand on the spot and hold junior's hand?" - and sometimes I see a magic moment in between takes when a parent comes out onto the backdrop to comfort a subject, or spit on her hands and smooth down his/her hair, or change an outfit. I capture the shot.
This article has been excerpted from Vik Orenstein's excellent online course at BetterPhoto.com: Photographing Children.
Article by Vik Orenstein. To learn more about photography, explore the many online photography and Photoshop classes offered here at BetterPhoto.com.