children and portraits…


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.


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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.

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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.


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It really is as simple as that.


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Tony Pick is one of the UK’s leading portrait photographers with an international client base. He runs his successful ‘Tony Pick Photography’ business from his fine art gallery in the beautiful seaside town of Aldeburgh, Suffolk. The business has grown from it’s original beach hut location to it’s current high street gallery and now includes a whole range of services including Lifestyle Portraits, Landscape & Seascape Fine Art, Photo Training Workshops and Creative Weddings. Having left his corporate photography career behind him 13 years ago, he moved, with his wife Lizzie and family to Suffolk with the intention of leading a quieter life. He has since gained a reputation for the outstanding quality of his work. Tony has also built up an enviable client list for his ‘Tony Pick Lifestyle Portraits’ with clients coming from all over the world to invest in a location portrait shoot. He also runs his very successful ‘Tony Pick Photography Training Workshop’ days. These workshops are all bespoke where delegates can choose from a variety of subjects, landscapes, seascapes, lifestyle portraits, wildlife, post production etc. Tony’s passionate about photography and his business and strives to inspire others to ignite their passion for photography. The landscapes and seascapes which drew him to the area are still a huge inspiration to Tony who is never happier than when he is on the beach with his camera either on his own or inspiring others. Print sales are available here. “If you’re passionate about photography and are looking for some inspiration, you are very welcome to visit us at the gallery where we are sure you will find some!” p.s. he is also crazy about sea-swim-bike-run-tri!