Tips on Photographing Children Part 1

One of my favorite portrait sessions are ones that involve children.  The most challenging ones are the sessions with children that are now walking or running!  Last summer I had a family doing a family portrait session on Hanalei Bay and there were a total of 5 children from about 4 months, two toddlers (twins), and 2 boy cousins at about 4 & 5 years old.  I always work with an assistant but hired an extra one who loves children to help out because I knew it would be helpful and we were outnumbered !

Tip # 1    Photo sessions should be at a time of day your children are happiest….not pre nap time or when they are hungry!

Tip # 2    Give the children lots of “breaks” instead of expecting them to follow an agenda.

Tip #3  Bring snacks and a favorite toy.

Tip # 4  Allow children to move around and not sit in a “posed” position for too long.

Tip #5  Candid, candid, candid!   Some of the very best photos are when children are photographed just being themselves….of course I don’t mean to loose control of the photo session, but I believe photographers need to go with the flow!