Photographing Children - Go With the Flow

posted on 6th of may, 2008

Photographing children can be rewarding and challenging. It is 10% technical ability and 90% psychology. If I knew that my job, for the remainder of my life, would depend exclusively on photographing children - and - I was given a choice between the very best camera equipment or a complete understanding of the psyche of children, I would choose a shoebox and a strip of film.

There are a number of techniques that can be used to change the mood of a child. But why would you want to do that? You have a treasure chest of opportunity right there in front of you. You may be passing up the perfect opportunity for a wonderfully unique image.

Recognize his/her mood. Is your subject cautious, silly, shy or frightened? Is he insecure, frustrated, wild or crabby? Perhaps she's clinging to Mom. Or maybe she's sleepy.

Use his feelings to compliment the session. Don't try to change her personality to fit your ideas. Change your ideas to fit the mood. Once you have some beautiful images and gain your subject's trust, then you can manipulate the mood a bit more. But in the beginning, just go with the flow.

Comments (3)

Posted by Joezachs on June 03, 2010
Oh yes, very true.
Nothing like putting the child at ease. Then its simply oportunity and oportunity.
Regarding this you should read my blog post in my profile.
Posted by Beckyabell on May 19, 2008
Ahhhh! The hardest thing EVER to photograph!! (and I have 2 of my own!)
You are a master of your craft. Kudos!
Posted by Eprom on May 07, 2008
so sweet!

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When I photograph, I try to see beyond that which is in front of the lens. It's the intimate moments between loved ones - or - the thoughts that show on the face of an individual - or - the subtle meaning of an innocent touch that I strive to capture. Technical proficiency is important in the creation of an exceptional photograph. But I feel so much more fulfilled when a person becomes comfortable enough with me to let me have a glimpse of what is in his/her heart.

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