Photographing Young Children

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photographing children

toddler-photograph-grinning-Kingston-family-photography

Photographing children

toddler-photograph-grinning-Kingston-family-photography

photographing children

toddler-photograph-grinning-Kingston-family-photography

photographing children

toddler-photograph-grinning-Kingston-family-photography

photographing children

toddler-photograph-grinning-Kingston-family-photography

photographing children

toddler-photograph-grinning-Kingston-family-photography

photographing children

toddler-photograph-grinning-Kingston-family-photography

photographing children

Photographing young children has a unique set of challenges

Photographing children

Photographing young children can be a challenge. But with a little bit of patience it can be rewarding as well. With young children what you see is what you get. They often do what they want to do regardless of whatever everyone else is asking.

 

Toddlers are at the age where they are becoming more and more aware of what is around them. They are also becoming more and more independent. They can listen to and understand instructions but they aren’t always interested in following them.

 

Here is a few things I like to keep in mind:

 

1) I am new to these children. I am not part of their normal routine. They have no idea of what I am doing or what a photo session is.

 

2) Sometimes they are shy. If so I approach the photoshoot very slowly. I will concentrate on family photos at the beginning before moving on to individual photos.

 

3) Some days they just do not want to cooperate but most times they just need a few minutes to warm up.

 

4) On occasion the parents add to the problem. They have paid for a photo session and now the clock is ticking. Their child who is normally well behaved is doing his best to not cooperate. The parents get frustrated. This often adds to the problem. Then I have to reassure the parents that everything is going to work out.

 

5): Even when children do cooperate they often can’t sit still for long or to really pose for photos.

 

So photographing young children requires a different approach from what I would use when photographing adults. I have attached a few photos to demonstrate what I mean.

 

Photos 1 and 2 - This little girl just needed some time to get used to me. Soon she was really curious as to who I was and what I was doing. In these photos she is walking right up to me and looking in my camera lens.

 

Photos 3 and 4 - This is my grandson. I was photographing him last month. But that day he just wasn’t interested in being photographed. He knew we were headed for the water and he was anxious to get there. So I just hung back. I was able to get a few shots of him as long as I asked permission. But only a few.

 

Photo 5 - Finally we got to the lake. Alex wanted to wade into the water. This is what he had been waiting for. Once in the water forgot about me. After that everything was fine. He was happy to be photographed on the walk back home.

 

Photo 6 -This is a posed shot. I knew this young fellow wouldn’t hold still for long. So I got ready and as soon as he was in position I got a couple of quick shots. I like the look on his face. He was trying hard to pose.

 

Photo 7 - By now he was through with posing. But did like running and jumping. His mom told me he did this a lot. So this is what I concentrated on.

 

Photo 8 - By now we were getting to the end of our session. He was doing his own thing now. He was no longer interested in having his photo taken but I was looking for a few more shots. I took this shot quickly when he took a minute to look over the railing.

 

I want to get photos that show the children as children. This takes patience. I often set aside extra time just in case things take longer than I anticipate. I assure the parents that everything will work out. And finally I have to be ready. Those great shots will come and I better not miss them

 

I am a Kingston based lifestyle photographer. I cover all of southern and eastern Ontario. Let me tell your story.

Contact Bryce Murdoch Photography

 


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