What’s the famous saying – never work with children or animals .. not sure about the animals but I love working with Children and Babies and getting lovely images for their parents. You do however need certain skills and a few tricks up your sleeve to get the best out of children and babies. I’ve recently started to run 1-2-1 days for photographers wanting to improve their children’s photography. These are 2 day training, guided shooting, portfolio building – call it what you will – days. Its also great when I get to help someone who can help me out in areas where I’m a bit weak – in this case I had a recent session with a fabulous photographer who is used to weddings and does incredible wildlife and landscape work but was after a few tips on working with children of different ages. In return he was able to give me some tips on workflow and processing. The following images are taken by me but are examples of the sort of shots you might get for your portfolio with one of the sessions.
We started out looking at the best ways to get great shots indoors – rainy as the UK is – location shoots cannot always be outside. Here’s a couple of examples of how to get great images in someone’s front room with just some great natural window light.
It’s also great to look at what you can produce in someone’s back garden – making use of the environment. This show the shot I’d set up on the right hand side.
As it was a good day and we were able to go outside – we made the most of using the Autumn colours for some great shots. Kids also enjoy playing amongst the leaves so this is a great thing to do with them.
Babies and Toddlers are always great fun to photography. Crawling babies especially move very fast so finding good spots to photograph them can be challenge. The bed is a good option ..
As is anywhere you can keep them contained
Again – you can use the garden to get some nice shots – thinking about suitable backgrounds
And if you really need to keep them still in one place – there’s always the bath !!
Older boys are a good subject too – as they just want to tear about and you need to keep them occupied with a having stuff to do
And again – when you have the option to include elements of the season its great to do that
Finally – it can be really great to have a cooperative little girl – who is happy to pose and follow direction
You might be able to direct the shoot yourself – or occasionally the model might get excited and start to suggest poses of her own – such as the one on the right!
It’s a good opportuntity to get some great close up portraits for your portfolio
If you are interested in building your porfolio or getting 2 days of solid 1-2-1 time and tips on shooting images of children get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org