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!