How to do Professional Children’s Portraits
Published 2nd August 2012
One of the most interesting topics to photograph is children; why, because you never know what you are going to get. Children are adorable in any pose so you can’t go wrong even if they are asleep. When a parent is on any type of event such as a child’s party or school function you are going to see countless pictures of a child in action; playing, dancing, socializing, or just acting silly. When taking photos of children it is important to parents to be able to choose one photo that stands out from the rest. It is up to you to create this photo.
The first thing you want to do is to go to the location that you will be taking pictures early so you can check the lighting to make sure that it is adjusted correctly. If you do not have enough lighting then you may want to bring your own studio lighting in order to capture the moment correctly. When setting up your own professional lighting you need to make sure that it does not obstruct any area that the children may be using.
If it is possible, you need to take the time to get to know the child before you photograph them. Parents want to remember those little things that make them individual people and if you know what to look for then you will have a better chance of capturing the right moment. If you find that a child is shy and backward when you approach them, it doesn’t take long for them to let their guard down and trust you. Begin by asking them if they like sports or if they like insects. This is a great way to get a child to open up to you and help you decide the best angle when you begin to take pictures.
You can also watch the child for a little bit. Learn their moves, if they suck their thumb, if they smile a lot or hide behind something, and more. These simple things make up the child’s personality and it is something that should be documented in pictures as well. Later on when they grow older they won’t suck their thumb or be so shy around others.
When photographing a child, you want to capture the child in their natural environment so they will be relaxed and comfortable. If you try to place a child in an environment that they are not familair with they may not act naturally. If you know what interests the child then this can help you create the perfect set up for your picture. They may like to read, they may have a favorite toy, story, show, or pet that you can use in their picture.