As a child photographer, I get lots and lots of request for tips. Everyone asks, "How do I get a good picture of my kids?" Well, I would like to say there is a simple answer. I think you all know better.
What I can offer is a short list of tips.
First, let me say, these tips are great, and yes, professional photographers use them everyday. But, do not expect your photos to look like the ones on this page. These photos were taken with special equipment, lighting, and have been edited. However, the kids? Well, they are real. And here's how we got them to cooperate.
Let them play! If you try to get photos of kids when they are in an unnatural pose, you will end up with unnatural photos. Let them do whatever they would normally do and just keep clicking.
Pretend you are not there. If you let them play, as they like, without trying to get their attention, they will relax. And, trust me, eventually, they will look up at you.
Get down on the child's level. You might have to kneel, squat, sit, or even lay down on the floor or ground, but, the result will be worth the strain.
Give them something small to hold in their hands. Kids are naturally curious and will try to find something to play with. Make sure the object is something you would be comfortable seeing if it ends up in the photos. I have used tiny stuffed animals, toy cars, seashells, Christmas ornaments, and even flowers.
Dress them in comfortable clothing. If you have a child wearing itchy or restrictive clothing, the discomfort will show up in the photos.
Last, but not least, it does not hurt to offer a little bribe. I learned this tip from a fellow professional children photographer. If you are really serious about having the child participate, or your child is just one of those kids who run from a camera, you might want to try purchasing something ahead of time- a toy or treat- and wrap it up. Show the child the wrapped item, and tell them that if they cooperate for just a few minutes, they can open the surprise. Works every time!
Now, I won't reveal all of my tricks or I'd be out of business. But, if you have tried the things above and you are still not pleased with the photos you are getting, it is time to call in a professional. If you live in the Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, Saint Augustine, or surrounding North Florida areas, give me a call. We can set up a child photography session at your convenience. If you have questions, you can contact me at the following link: Jacksonville Children Photographer Information
Check out my Children Photography Gallery here: Jacksonville Child Photographer
Stay tuned to the Beata Chipman Photography blog for more child photography ideas and tips for great kid pictures.