While child portrait photographers are envied for their entertaining job, they can tell you very well that indeed it is very perplexing. Working with adults is different because you are on the same level of intellect and maturity; kids on the other hand, are far more mischievous and amusing! You can’t expect them to follow orders or to do exactly as you say which makes the job of a child photographer quite a handful. But the element of surprise and the laughter of kids make up for it too. Here a few cheats to make your job a tad easier and whole lot fun:
- Keep it natural: children are smart, and even if you don’t give them a setting, they will create it themselves. Make it certain that you drop down to their level and talk to them instead of intimidation them. A good portrait photographer always keeps the client in mind!
- Add their favorites: Consult the parents to know what the child gets excited about; perhaps a stuffed animal or a cartoon character, maybe he likes balloons or she’s into Barbie dolls. If you have what they like on set, you’ll have a better chance of earning their friendship and hence great photos.
- Playgrounds: ah, take them to their heaven and you’re sure to take some crazy photographs coupled with loads of fun! For a child photographer, the possibilities in a playground are endless and for a child the fun is out of this world.
- Be candid: It’s not necessary to force a child to pose, or act in a certain way. With kids, you can take candid shots because they are spontaneous, loud and are probably running all over the place. The more fakeness you add in the child portrait, the worse the shots are. Keep it natural and you’ll do wonders.
- Involve family: A child may feel overwhelmed by what’s happening, you might want to ask the mother or maybe a pet to step in. This can make the child feel comfortable instantly, and they can give you better shots. Also, take some clicks with the parents; it’s a very sweet moment.
- Younger ones: Depending on the age group of the child, you might need to keep the shots simpler if the child is younger. In these cases, you can start off with some parent-child pictures to keep the child happy and accustom them to what’s going on. After that, you can move onto solo portrait photography.
- Be friends first: As a child portrait photographer, you must know how important it is to present yourself as a friend to the child, and not a stranger. Perhaps spend an hour with the family before the actual photo-shoot begins so that the child is already at ease with you.
- Sibling shots: While they may quarrel in the house, siblings can make some really cute shots especially if one of them is still an infant.
Keep these tricks up your sleeve for a successful photo-shoot!