Working with Children

posted on 6th of august, 2009

A strange mix of adult human and small pet. They can be cute, charming sweet and adorable. Or they can howl and bite you every time you get within reach. Children are one of the most sellable subjects to photograph while simultaneously being one of the most frustrating subjects to work with. So how do you get a good portrait of a child? Here's how I do it.

First determine the approximate age of the child. The abilities and attention span of a child can vary greatly from one age to another. Once you know the age you can set up scenarios for the child. Forget everything you learned about this hand goes there and curl your fingers, tilt your chin. A child is not a short adult - and you will just bore them with directions.

Instead give them an object to interact with. Don't be afraid...

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Comments (4)

Posted by Antonia on August 08, 2009
Thanks! Children are my favorite models, too. I love their spontaneity and bursts and if captured by the camera... you will see natural wonders...
Posted by Mani33 on August 06, 2009
That is nice, thanks ;)
Posted by Hlehnerer on August 06, 2009
Awesome article! Very helpful tips! Thank you for sharing.

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Where to find models

posted on 15th of august, 2009

This is a common question amoung stock photographers. We are all told that images with models are better than images without. Being relatively shy about asking people to pose for us we often start with family and friends.

Eventually they get tired of our ever present camera and it forces us to re-examine the effort. We then ask friends to find us more friends. Sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn't. When it doesn't we feel stuck.

So now what do we do? There are few options available.

The first option is find a local agency. The upside to this is that the models are usually reliable. They don't want to loose their place in the agency so they are careful to follow directions. The downside is that not every agency is really an agency.

Many "agents" are nothing more...

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Posted by Suebmtl on October 14, 2010
Very interesting.Thanks
Posted by Alangorr on August 20, 2009
Very helpful blog. As someone who has exasperated most of his friends and now turned to professional models, I completely agree. Here in the UK we have a social/photography/model site called 'Purestorm' which I recommend.
Posted by Starletdarlene on August 16, 2009
Nice blog, Thanks

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