As any professional photographer or parent will readily tell you, it can be tricky to take pictures of kids that don’t look awkward or forced. Photographer Rebecca Dawe puts it this way:
“When you try to direct children to pose, they tend to assume bizarre, twisted positions or do things that they never normally would… They say never work with children or animals, but we think it’s all in the approach and the method rather than trying to direct a little bundle of energy to do what you want: “Stand there!” “Don’t make a face!” “Hug your sister!” If there’s one thing you can rely on, giving a small child a direct command is likely to result in the complete opposite!”
So what are some techniques that you can use to get professional results? Whether you’re taking photographs of your own kids, or are actually a professional working to create beautiful images of children for your clients, here are Rebecca’s top 10 tips for photographing children:
Jeff Lanctot is the owner of Jay Lance Photography, a full-service wedding and portrait photography studio located in Spokane, Washington, and serving the greater Inland Northwest. Jeff has over 20 years of photography experience, is a member of PPA, WPPI, INPRO, and loves to recommend articles from other authors when they say things better than he could have!