Kids figure out from an early age what a camera is and what you as a parent want them to do when it is held up in front of them. My baby is only 10 months old but when her dad holds his phone up to her face she turns into a giant smiling and winking goofball. Addie humored me for a long time with genuine smiles and poses, but somewhere in the last two years she became an uncooperative ham and getting a natural photo of her (sometimes even a photo of her at all) has proved to be my greatest challenge.
When parents hire me to capture their families, generally their biggest request is a nice photo of their kids looking normal. Now that may sound harsh, but I know first hand that kids act differently for other people, especially photographers. If I can build up a rapport with a client’s child, pull them off to the side and exercise a few tried and true tricks I’ve learned and developed over the years I can usually give the parents exactly what they were hoping for.
But let’s be honest, we don’t all have the hundreds of dollars it takes to hire a photographer to follow us everyday to capture our kids at their very best, that’s our job as the parents behind the camera. If you can learn to think about how to get a really good photo before it even comes time to take one? You’re two steps ahead of your child who refuses to say cheese, pizza or any other request you make of them. There’s less rebellion from your kids, less missed or messed up shots by you and more quality photos with less effort.
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