Nov 29, 2010

Smiles in Autumn | Roswell GA Family Photography

Back from Thanksgiving and back at editing. This sweet family was really fun to work with, especially their little boy! I don't think I've ever had such an easy time getting smiles out of a child. He was fun and playful and very good with his sister. Little sis was a little harder, but some playing in the leaves got that grin. You can see another image of this sweetie on our Facebook page.

I shoot mostly families, especially those with young children. A few people have asked me how I can manage that. I've found that parents go a long way in setting the stage for the shoot.

Here are my top tips for parents during a family shoot:

  • Expect your children to take a little time to warm-up to the photographer. Many kids are shy at first.
  • Bring wipes or tissues! Runny noses and drool don't make for good photos.
  • Kids may need to take small breaks in between poses. Remember, they are working. Posing for photos isn't easy for a busy child!
  • Allow the kids to wander around and explore (with a parent or sibling for safety) while the photographer is shooting others. This keeps them entertained and may provide opportunities for fun candids.
  • Don't use harsh words or upset children. Avoid using threats or bribes.
  • Let the photographer coax the smile or reaction out of your child. It's their job! (And having multiple people try to make a child smile can confuse him/her.)
  • If the photographer asks you to help get a smile, stand directly behind the camera so the child is looking in the right direction when he/she smiles.
  • If your child does have a melt down or a crying fit, let it happen, and then let it pass. You'd be surprised how fast kids can be back to normal.
  • Expect babies, toddlers (and dare I say it? dads, too) to be "done" after 45 minutes to an hour of shooting.
  • Remember, a family shoot is fun, but it's also work (for everyone). It's very appropriate to go out for ice cream or enjoy a treat together after the shoot.

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