Having family portraits taken is very enjoyable for everyone, but can also come with secret worries for parents. The thought can be quite daunting, over whether your child is going to sit still for a more than a few minutes. Hopefully having a read through this will reassure you and make you feel at ease when it comes to children and portraits.
We as photographers are experienced in various techniques to keep the attention of little ones and capture them at their best.
On location photo shoots are perfect for children to enjoy themselves. Usually you’ll find them collecting sticks or throwing stones and running along the beach. It’s a fantastic way to capture them doing what they would usually be doing, being carefree children.
That said, there will always be posed and set-up shots, where we can ensure everyone is in position, but we will then capture more natural expressions. This means that aesthetically the image is pleasing to the eye, everyone can be seen but then has the contrast of tickles, giggles and cuddles.
Photographers always have plenty of tricks up their sleeves for ways to engage with children, make them feel at ease and essentially enjoy the whole experience.
Tony’s Top Tips
*Don’t book for times when it would usually be nap time or snack time…
Work around the children’s usual routine and try to pick a time when you think they will be at their best.
*Bring home comforts…
If they have a favourite teddy or security blanket bring it along. They will feel at ease and it’s a great prop to use to play peek-a-boo with behind the camera.
*Dress them for the occasion
Our lifestyle portrait shoots are really relaxed. We recommend casual, comfortable clothes for children that they can move in and play in. Nothing too precious, we will be outside, and bound to get a little bit dirty.
*Let the photographer take control
Sit back relax and enjoy. The photographer is in charge and will know exactly how to get the best from your children.