Fun Children Photographs: Having Fun Capturing Your Kids!

When the shooting experience is enjoyable, everybody wins.

by Vik Orenstein

If you are having difficulty making kids feel comfortable and natural in front of the camera, read on! To learn how the professionals make their child images so special, learning just the few following tips and tricks will help you get those amazing children photographs - you know, those kind of photos that showcase the child's special character and personality. And to get these photos, you need to keep it light and fun. When the shooting experience is enjoyable, photographer, youngster, and parents all win!

Boy In Big Clothes - Holding Hat
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Trade Secret: Photographing Children is Doing What You Love

I've got a little secret: Working with kids is just plain good fun. Doing what you love is important in any creative endeavor and essential when it comes to photographing children. The good news is that it's easy to find the joy in photographing kids. In fact, I have the best job in the world!

Eating Oranges
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Fun Children Photographs: Enjoy the Shooting Session

Once you accept that play is not just a frivolous recreation but a darned serious vocation for a child, and you learn how to play in ways that are appropriate for each child's interests and abilities, you'll have taken a big step toward establishing a successful working relationship with your young subjects.

Make the photo session something the child wants to do (i.e. have fun and play), and you'll have a much better chance of accomplishing your own objective - making fabulous portraits that you can be proud of.

Use Parents as Props When Capturing Fun Children Photographs

So how do I get pictures of the little dickens? Simple. I include mom or dad as a backdrop or a prop. I let the child keep hold of the leg; shoulder; hand, move in tight for a close up, use a long lens, and let the parent become a simple compositional element.

It's not a cop-out. It works. In fact, I like these shots so much I actually shoot them on purpose now and not as a last resort. Sometimes I set up the shot - "Mommy, will you come over here and stand on the spot and hold junior's hand?" - and sometimes I see a magic moment in between takes when a parent comes out onto the backdrop to comfort a subject, or spit on her hands and smooth down his/her hair, or change an outfit. I capture the shot.

This article has been excerpted from Vik Orenstein's excellent online course at Photographing Children.

About Author Vik Orenstein

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