Taking portraits of children can be tough. Kids can be unpredictable and you as a photographer have to learn to work with their personality, no matter what it is. Depending on the age of the child you are photographing, you may find that they may not want to cooperate. They may be in a fussy mood or they simply may not feel like smiling. In the end, if done right, you can capture such wonderful photos that truly showcase their personality (or even their temper tantrum!) in each and every photo you take.
Since children can be so tough to pose, we wanted to share 2 tips for photographing children with you today that come straight from an amazing guide called "Posing Workflow For Children Photography." This guide is a collaboration between BP4U and Five Eleven Photography and offers 111 pages of awesome tips and tricks for posing and photographing children.
1. Bring Out The Child's Personality
You want to make sure the child is not nervous, shy or uncomfortable around you while you are photographing them or you will be able to tell in the photos. Kids can be so fun, but you need to bring out their personality first. Not all kids will be smiling and excited to have their portrait taken, so warm up to them first. Don't just jump right into snapping photos. And remember that it will be different for every child you work with. Those that are only 1 year old may be more squirmy or want to explore, while a child that is three or four may be a bit shy.
Perhaps talk to them about their favorite Disney princess or super hero, or ask them what their favorite movie or song is. These types of questions will get the child excited and talking and will help them warm up to you and in return they will hopefully be more comfortable when you tell them to smile! Doing this will really help you make the child ready to take photos.
2. Use Props
Props are a must-have when photographing children. You want to have plenty on hand to use and mix things up. It is always great with children to keep things interesting, and props can do just that! Props can be anything you use that is extra in your photos. Some props can be used to photograph the child on, like a really cute chair that is perfect for girls or a nice stool that a boy can rest on. Baskets, rugs, mats and other items that the child can get into or lay on are also great ideas!
You also want to think about items that the child can use while having photos taken or items you can set up around them. We love the cute mustache in the photo below for example. Or, you can have items like dolls, flowers, blocks that the child can set up and play with, or anything else that really fits into the photo shoot you are doing as well as the child's personality.
If you love these 2 great tips for taking portraits of children and want to see more, you must get "Posing Workflow For Children Photography" today! In this 111 page guide, you will get tons of pose ideas as well as tips on how to make kids relax, how to pose children with other siblings, how to get a bunch of photos out of one location and not a lot of time and so much more. You will also get 117 posing cards so you can take them on the go! For only $49.99 (regularly $149.99) you can get this awesome guide today!
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