Professional Children’s Photographer Skills: Keeping Kids in Line!
In my line of work, I have done photo shoots extensively of newborns and expecting mothers. My prior experience as a registered nurse has made me well-equipped to handle the safety and the comfort of such clients with considerable ease.
However, my foray into family photography means that I have dealt with kids who are significantly older than newborn—they can walk, they can talk, and they can certainly get distracted.
Doing a session where kids are involved means you have to bring your A-game—it is my responsibility as the photographer to keep the little ones in line and get good shots of the kids!
You Need to Form a Friendship
Young kids are not prone to sitting still for long periods of time, and neither are they likely to listen to everything you have to say. The best way to get them to do what you need them to do is to try to form a friendship with them.
At least, that’s what I do. It’s easier on me, the parents, and the children if I am a friendly face rather than a professional photographer who is merely a stranger. I try to find common ground with them, compliment them on their attire or their defining qualities, and essentially just get down at their level to establish a good rapport.
Keeping them Engaged
Keeping the young ones engaged with conversation sounds easy enough, but it can prove to be tough if you haven’t set the foundation for a kinship with them. Especially if the kids are younger than 5 years old, getting a little bit silly with them works wonders.
Giving them Incentive
Keeping toys or treats with you to give kids incentive to do as their told is a good way to conduct a successful photography session. Of course, this has to be done with the consent of the parents.
You can make the photo shoot a game, and perhaps the idea of winning it will motivate them to listen to your directions. Gold star to whoever can look right at the camera and smile big and wide!
If you’re inclined to conduct a family photography session for some beautiful portraits to hang up in your home or include in your family album, then I can be just the photographer you need!
I’m Shoshi Sharabi, and I have been working with young kids for the length of my career—you don’t need to worry about a thing at a photo shoot with me!
Not only do I do family photo shoots, I am also quite invested in newborn photography, maternity photography NJ, and birth photography. The beauty of motherhood and the connection between family is what draws me, and I am always inspired to do justice to those bonds in my work.
If you’re looking for the best newborn photographer NJ, get in touch with me at 201-888-5003. My pricing packages are some of the best you’ll find out there, and the end result is well worth the investment!