I came across a fabulous Utah photographer and she’s going to be post a monthly photography tip. She specializes in children photography and educating the Mommy Photographer.
Here is a photo of Emilie and Santa. She has it hanging in the studio and claims that she is one of his live-away-from-the-north-pole-elves and reports all good smilers to Santa directly.
Here’s her tip…
One of the more difficult challenges when photographing little one is keeping them in one place long enough to snap your shutter. Do you have a busy busy little one? No matter what you do you can’t snap quick enough to get a good photo!?! I’ve got some tricks for you.
Here are a few of my best trick and tips to get great images
of challenging little ones.
Here are some examples…
can’t go anywhere. Not to mention how the cute buggy
really ads to the image.
This little gal was about 1 year old and LOVED sitting in a
chair just her size. She would have sat in that chair
and let me take her pix for hours. I got some great
family shots and then mom and dad moved out of the shot
and I got some real cute smile ones of just her in the chair.
so mesmerized by this bowl and just sat and let me snap away.
nephew and he thought sitting in this tire was so cool
and just smiled and smiled. This tire made my job so
easy and that’s what I’m look for during every session.
difficult to get kids to stand close to each other, they
are just too wiggly. When photographing little
ones compositionally it looks better to have them
fairly close together. Having them both sit on a chair
allows you to pose kids close without any effort allowing
them to just sit back and grin.
Here are some examples…
A whole family walking. This shot also looks so cute
walking towards the camera. I typically shoot something like
this about half way through the session, the kids love it
and allows them a little break from following posing directions
which buys me some additional time.
Like this little sweetie, sometimes no matter what
tricks you try they just want to move. I spent most
of the session following her snapping when
she turned my way. I had a packet of smarties in my
hand which dramatically increased the amount she turned
toward me. This image really captures her little free spirit.
Children photography is more than just having a nice camera or perfect lighting it’s also about knowing how to create an environment where you can capture the spirit of your little ones. The more tricks you have up your sleeve the more ability you’ll have to create an environment where children are authentically having fun and capturing that in your images.