How many times have you struggled to get a good picture of your child (or children)? What about when you are spending some big bucks to get some professional photos taken? How do you get your kid to cooperate and deliver that winning smile? Jen from Lightful Photography knows firsthand how hard it is to photograph children. She shared 5 tips to help parents to make sure their child’s portrait session goes smoothly!
- Speak with your photographer before your session.
The pre-session consultation is so important to make sure you and your photographer are
on the same page. Discuss expectations, especially how your child likes to interact, any shots that you want in particular and the feel you
desire for your session and any props that you would like. This will ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible the day of your shoot.
- Work around your child’s schedule.
As photographers, we all would like to have our sessions very early in the morning or at dusk when the
lighting is best (if the session is held outdoors) but with young children, this isn’t possible a lot of times. Schedule your session when
your child has had their nap for the day, been fed and happiest. The location should be determined based on the time of day you need your session to take place that will determine the best lighting situation for that time.
- Bring a few items of clothing, accessories or personal items.
Having a change of clothes, and even a cute hat or accessory can really change up your photos. Also bring anything of significance to you if you
would like it to be photographed. This will make your session much more personal.
- Be open to suggestions.
As professionals, we know what works best and sometimes we might feel a particular prop, item of clothing or location may not work. I try very hard to tailor each session to my client’s wants and needs, but if I feel that something might work better, I may offer an alternative. Also, take into consideration if you the type of photos you want. If you want only formal, posed shots, be open to some candid photos that really show your child’s personality and how you interact as a family. In turn, if you’re asking for just candid photos, let’s take a few minutes out to get some formal photos out of the way, you’ll be glad that you did and that you have several options
to choose from.
- Have fun. Really.
The purpose of our photo sessions is to relax and enjoy, so that we as photographers can capture the natural expressions that represent your child in this particular time. Things will happen that are beyond our control, children can be spontaneous and
those usually end up being the most compelling of photos. When you look back on your pictures, I want you to remember exactly how your child was and your family dynamic at that moment in time, and I can guarantee that they will be treasured for years to come.