Recently we ran an ad looking for child models for website images, with a view to creating a particular style of image. My little helpers were absolutely awesome!
Children can sometimes be a little uncooperative when it comes to having their pictures taken. A couple of moms in attendance attested to just that.
Yet we had no issues! Everyone was keen to perform for the camera, enthusiastic in some cases. It was mostly a case of not telling them what to do, but rather embarking on a joint effort with them. Photographing children often involves a little bit of psychology – get it right, and they will work with you all day.
All in all, it was a great experience to work with everyone, and I want to say a big thank you to them all for that. A big thanks also to the moms too.
So what about the images? Well, here are a random few for you to enjoy. Kids certainly do light up our world.
How do you get children to cooperate when taking their photos?
Well, it’s not something that can be forced. The most important thing to achieve is connection. If you can connect with a child, get down on their level, and communicate in a way that makes them feel comfortable, that’s when things can really happen.
Getting a smile from a child is easy.
Telling children to smile rarely produce results. It’s more likely that you will get a scrunched-up face as they try to force their features into whatever shape they think you want.
A much better strategy is to ask children about the things that they enjoy, favorite movies or tv shows, or perhaps their favorite ice cream flavors. And guess what, you get smiles! Natural, bright smiles.
Acting a little goofy is another excellent way to elicit smiles and laughs from your little models. Make it fun for them, rather than the stiff, sit up straight and behave, traditional type of portrait session.
Aim to get a twinkle in those bright little eyes and a successful portrait of your young model will soon be framed and hanging on the wall, to be enjoyed for many years to come.