If you have children of your own then you probably already know that this aspect of portrait photography can be incredibly rewarding. There are so many wonderful expressions and poses to capture but it’s also an area of photography that demands patience and understanding of your subject in bucket loads.
School and shopping centre portrait photographers work to a very different formula (aimed at selling expensive prints) versus the portrait photographer that’s willing to invest more time and deliver stunning natural looking portraits.
The following tips are a short guide to achieving impressive results and assume that you are already an accomplished photographer.
Trust and sensitivity. It’s important to build up the trust and confidence of the children you’re about to photograph. If you’ve not met the child (or children) you’ve been commissioned to photograph then it’s worth meeting with the parents and child at least a day or so before the portrait session. This allows all of you to familiarise yourselves as well as discuss the way you work and the style of the images. You can also learn more about the child’s personality and how they’re likely to react to the camera.
Timing. This is especially critical with babies and young toddlers. Always work around the best time for them. Mum will know best but be prepared to abort and reschedule the portrait session if the child is no mood for a portrait session and no amount of cooing and coaxing will help.
Observation and anticipation. If the portrait session is out of the studio and you’re looking to produce more natural portraits with a reportage feel then this along with the factors mentioned earlier help you acquire the expressions that relate to the feel and mood of the session. Observe how the child is interacting with their parents and the environment around them and anticipate what will make a fantastic shot.
Patience. Being patient and relaxed during the portrait session is key. Children and toddlers are unpredictable and won’t always do what they’re asked. Being demanding will work against you and so often parents can become frustrated when they want their children to pose in a certain way. Try and defuse any tension get the parents to relax. Distracting the child is a useful technique as well as getting the parents to interact naturally with the child through play. This will really help towards great natural looking images.
These useful pointers will hopefully help you create beautiful natural looking children’s portraits. If you would like to see some great examples of this please have a look at the children’s portrait photographer. Lorenzo Ali is a very experienced portrait photographer in London.
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