Easter is right around the corner and so is the traditional family/children Easter portrait session! Holidays is a busy time for children photographers! So we decided to look into some great tips to share with you on the subject!
Here a few awesome posing tips/advice for working with children!
- Sometimes the best way to get child photography poses is to distract them, using their own curiosity.
- If you have an especially scared or fussy child, which you should consult the parents about ahead of time, it is best if you can avoid touching the child.
- Consulting with the parents ahead of time can clue you in to any special circumstances that you might have to prepare for, which will not only make things go more quickly and smoothly for you, but reduce any anxiety of all concerned.
- Try playing a “pretend” game with them. Give them a task. Have them pose with a doll/bunny and “rock” the baby, or give them a basket to hunt and hide eggs.
- Getting their attention with a toy, bell, light, balloon, or anything else that works is typically the first step to having them calm down. And, whatever works – let them hold it when you take their child pictures!
- Pay special attention to little fingers..children hands make very memorable portraits.
- Don’t be afraid of tight shots, extreme face close ups, even snapping away while a child is fussing and fighting. All these elements capture the child being themselves which though they won’t know it till they see the finished image, the parents will adore!
- Be prepared for great child pictures! If they stick their tongues out at each other, take the shot! If they snarl, take the shot! Because, after you do, they’ll probably laugh…and… that’s right… you just snapped a rare child picture!
- Rather than force poses upon children, look for a more natural event to happen, such as sleeping.