Isle of Wight baby photographer
Children have natural energy and enthusiasm that is wonderful to capture during a toddler’s photo shoot.
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. So we met Dollie in Appley park so she had free reign of the pathways and beaches.
Whatever 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 familiar with the camera
Regardless of where you’ve chosen to meet the photographer – a woodland park, a skate park, or a local play center – you will need to ask your professional to factor in additional ‘down time’ to allow your children to get used to the camera.
At the start of this FINE ART PORTRAIT SESSION, I bought a reading book and shared it with the young girl before the camera was even out of the bag. Whilst this portrait session in SPRINGVALE I hid two soft toys for mum and me to find in a game of hiding and seek with the newborn.
Capitalize 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 teen was feeling. People at this age are very self-conscious and I wanted her to engage in the shoot, so I started by talking through the outfits as young women 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.
Amanda Herbert is the premier headshot photographer in Ryde and the Isle of Wight. Known for the genuine expressions she captures in her portraits of camera-shy women and small business owners looking for expressive portraits. Contact her Seaview home studio to book a session.