Child photography in Victoria Park
I loved working with this family during the early spring. Victoria Park was still a sleepy park, waiting for spring to wake up the bright daffodils. The family arrived eager to record their visit to East London after a visit to Bethnal Green’s Museum of Childhood.
Here’s what I say to capture character in your children’s portraits …
Make the most of your family portrait session
without the worry of cranky kids and uncooperative siblings
Once upon a time …
I always start with a story book when I meet children for the first time. It helps break the ice and turns into a game once we start the photo shoot. Retelling a traditional fairy tale helps children connect with the moment and they enjoy sharing the story. Here I asked how Cinderella felt when she couldn’t go to the ball … and then what she did when her carriage arrived with 6 white mice.
What’s behind me?
I am ever watchful for quiet moments that occur when people start interacting with their environment. In this photo two men were about to walk past with their dog. Rather than letting the moment spoil our session by becoming a distraction, I capitalised on the moment. Asking children to describe the dog allows them to remain in the moment and provides a spontaneous moment rather than leaving me to pose them before the camera.
Let children play
Children are a lot of fun to photograph because they have loads of energy and a natural curiosity about the world. In a short amount of time they move through a myriad of expressions, emotions and energy. I often allow children some down time and let them simply play. Any boy will set out to climb a tree given the chance, I simply had to set the challenge and stand back to capture his attention, knowing Elliot would give us the expression his mother would find endearing.
Play with their toys
Children often freeze in front of the camera and easily become bored of formal sessions. Anticipate short attention spans by incorporating their favourite toy or game. In this photo I asked “What is your dolls name?” and “Can you show me your dolly”, dad was also joining in the conversation which resulted in a beautiful gaze – much more fun that posing awkwardly and saying ‘Cheese’.
Children grow up so quickly and I knew it was important to record those unexpected, fleeting moments and capture priceless memories for the future. Working with children of different ages always offers new challenges and I sought to capitalise on the natural dynamics between brother and sister. If you think these approaches would work for your family, tell me about it.
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I’ll be posting more ideas next week, for now enjoy these other posts: