Whether you are photographing your own kids or those of your clients, you surely at some point experienced difficulty in getting the shots you want. No matter how well you planned the photo shoot, the outcome will still somehow depend on your subject – the kids.
No need to worry though as there are ways you can get the kids to cooperate and for the shoot to be successful. Here are some helpful tips that can help you get those important shots.
Familiarize your camera’s settings
We know how kids love to run, move around and play. With this, we need to set our cameras to the right shooting mode. It can be the burst or continuous shot mode which may have a different term among camera brands. There are also lenses that can help freeze the moment so the captured image is not blurry even when the subject is moving. Thus, it is important to familiarize and practice using your cameras to know what will work best.
Relax and be patient
Kids showing their sweetest, most natural smile are a wonderful thing to capture on camera. There are kids though who don’t like being instructed to smile and they tend to do the opposite.
The best solution to do is to avoid dictating on the kid. You need to appear relaxed and nonchalant. Once the kid gets comfortable, prepare your camera and capture the kid at play. If you really want to capture a natural smile give him/her some toys and patiently wait for that smile. Photographer Berkshire always tries to make clients comfortable before starting to shoot.
Let them move
Child photography is not limited to doing portraits only. The child doesn’t have to smile directly at the camera during a photo shoot. You can allow kids to play in their natural environment like at the park or in their playroom. The pictures will appear more real and natural if the kids are at ease and look happy.
If the kid loves to run, make sure to set your camera to a faster shutter speed so you don’t get blurry images. A telephoto or zoom lens can also help you take shots from afar so the kids won’t notice that they are being photographed. Even alternative wedding photographer uses a telephoto lens when discreetly shooting parts of a wedding.
Ask parents not to intervene
Some kids are too shy and at some point may cry and this makes a parent mad or disappointed. Talk to the parents ahead of the photo shoot and politely request for them to allow you to control the session and avoid intervening. Explain that getting the child uneasy can make matters worse so they will have to trust you and let you do your job.
Be fun and funny
Go ahead and play with the child. Give toys to play with, become friends and be fun to be with. Show some humor, be funny and that would help release all the tension. Once the tension’s gone, you can start shooting some pic and you can even ask the child to participate if you think he/ she’s starting to his guards down and now more comfortable with you.
Show them the images
A lot of kids like to see their pictures right after shot. Showing them how they look will boost their self-confidence and will make them desire to see more of themselves. This can help you convince them to give you their best smiles and poses.
Photographing kids doesn’t have to be difficult. You just need to know how to handle these kids and bring out the best in them so the pictures will look more awesome.