Shooting With Kids
One of my favorite parts of what I do is photographing children. And here I’d like to introduce you to my two favorite children in the whole wide world. We went out on a warm Saturday to take some photos for the grandparents. And maybe for the parents. But mostly for Aunt Steph. And we did manage an official portrait or two before I lost whatever illusion of control I’d gone in with.
As it happens, the candid shots, with kids just being themselves and showing me who they want me to see, are my favorites anyway.
Let’s face it…children have their own ideas about how things should go. And, generally speaking, trying to direct a strong-willed and very active three-year old boy is an exercise in futility anyway. And by “directing” I mean “coaxing,” then “cajoling,” then “bribing” (yes moms and dads, I carry small candies in my photo bag for just that purpose), and finally “begging.”
So we stop worrying about perfect photos and just make photos of the kids being perfectly themselves. We spin. And dance. We ALWAYS dance.
And I have found that getting kids in trees helps in a couple very key ways…most kids like being in trees so their smiles are very natural and real, and, more to the point, it is very difficult for them to escape the camera.
And sometimes we do costumes. They really had a lot of fun in their costumes…until they got tired.
Such a sad little shark.
And in the end, we made some photos for everyone. For Granny… For mom and dad… and for Aunt Steph.
So when you are out and trying to take some photos of your own kids, remember the spinning. And the dancing. And trees. Yay for trees.