Here’s how to make memorable pictures of your children the whole family will love.
Children have a natural energy and enthusiasm that is wonderful to capture during a natural portrait session in London. It’s impossible to record their vibrancy inside a studio and impossible when they’re shouting ‘cheese’.
Capturing their personalities in outdoor locations works best when they’re allowed to be in a totally natural state – running, chasing, hopping, dancing and even screaming. They’re your children and you’ll know what works best – a walk in the park, collecting sticks or feeding the ducks.
What ever their personality, the first tip is to choose an activity that captures their interest and then work with them as they’re engaged and having fun.
Get them use to the camera
Regardless of where you’ve chosen to meet the photographer – a woodland park, a skate park or local play centre – you will need to ask your professional to factor in additional ‘down time’ to allow your children to get use to the camera.
At the start of this FINE ART PORTRAIT SESSION I bought a reading book and shared it with the siblings before the camera was even out of the bag. Whilst this portrait session in SPRINGVALE I hid two soft toys for them to find in a game of hide and seek.
Capitalise on their vibrancy
Energy levels will always be highest at the start of the session – use this time when the photographer first starts taking pictures to play with your children. Forced grins and cheesy smiles will ruin a perfectly composed capture, if you want memorable pictures of your children, allow them to be themselves.
In this portrait session on the Isle of Wight I paid careful attention to how the teens were feeling. People at this age are very self-conscious and I wanted them to engage in the shoot, so I started by talking through their outfits as young girls are often very fashion conscious.
Connect with them
Playing games with children is a great way to make a connection. Rather than direct instructions, ask your photographer to use word-play to cooperate with children. If you use games rather than forced poses at the beginning of your session, the calmer the portraits will become as the children unwind.
For more advice on natural portrait sessions or to book a natural portrait by an Isle of Wight photographer, get in touch and I’ll be happy to help.