Photographing Children - JJPhotographyAustin
Ever have a child that just did not want there photo taken?


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1.Give the kids something to do. Take your time to find out how to get them having fun taking the time with them so they can start have fun buy Running, playing, being silly, telling jokes… Anything they can do that holds their interest means they’re more likely to have fun, not get bored, and not get crabby about being photographed. Notice how kids don’t often sit still for long? The same is true when they’re being photographed; they get bored fast, so make sure they’re actually doing something to hold their interest. Kids at play make for great portrait opportunities!

2.One of the best things about photographing kids is that they’re innocent enough to let their guard down and not be self-conscious about being photographed. That means you can get great shots of genuinely happy, smiling faces if you can get them doing something the think is fun. Funny faces, silly jokes, in this case throwing rocks into the water and give a shoulder ride got this little boy having fun and laughing.

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3.Don’t talk down to them and don’t be bossy! If you do that you will lose them. Don’t just be another adult who doesn’t seem to understand what it’s like to be a kid; they’re going to lose interest fast. But if you’re genuinely interested in them, they’re bound to appreciate you a little more—and maybe feel comfortable enough to let you take their picture. Kids don’t like to be bossed around; they get enough of that from parents and teachers.

4.Get down. Don’t be afraid to meet kids at their own level, even if that means you have to dirty. Nobody promised that photographing children would be clean and pain free. Not only does getting to ground level provide a great vantage point, it shows the kid you’re willing to have fun and get dirty too. Kids like that—probably because it shows you’re different than most grown-ups.

5.Let them see your camera and show them some of the photos you are taking I even let them touch the camera so they know it not something to be afraid of. Let the child hold it and look at it. And again, it shows that you’re meeting them on their own level.