Tips on Photographing Children Part 1

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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!

A happy baby makes for a nice family photo session!
Don't expect your little ones to sit still for very long.
During your family portrait session interact with your children....snuggle, play, kiss, etc. They will be more at ease and so will you!
Candid, works great especially for this age!