There is nothing in life like having a child. They are fun to play with and even in their worst moments a mom has a warm place in her heart for the child, even if sometimes she has to remind herself of it.
My son has been growing up quickly, faster than I am comfortable with and I do everything I can to capture the moments of his life. For the same reason I started looking into portrait photography.
Portrait photography isn’t what it used to be, sitting, posing, taking a few pictures and hoping for the best. The entire face of professional photography has changed with the change in technology and the digital age.
When I looked for a photographer to take pictures of my son I looked for the 8 important things to consider when taking pictures of kids.
1. Age. Was the photographer skilled in dealing with younger children as well as old. One-year-olds are usually agreeable to having their picture taken but by age two and three they become less agreeable and more independent. It was important to find a photographer that knew how to deal with that.
2. Friendliness. Any young child is not likely to be too cooperative if the photographer wasn’t friendly and didn’t know how to talk to them. Making sure that my son could relate to and trust the photographer was a key factor.
3. Play. Did the photographer let the child play while taking pictures or just set them up and take pictures? Kids want to play and they don’t care about the quality of a good lifelong posed picture. The photographer had to be willing to let the child run around and play, even if it was in a studio. As long as he was in the basic area of the set, the rest didn’t matter.
4. Planning Ahead. Children are not likely to stay in one place long so having a photographer that could plan ahead, have the settings on the camera ready and all props hand for quick action was detrimental in the success of selection.
5. Being Prepared. Not everything can be planned for. A good photographer had to be ready with the camera to take pictures of the unexpected moments. Children are incredibly unpredictable and capturing those unique moments makes a good photographer great.
6. Shoot Action. As I said before, children don’t stay still and they like running and playing. A photographer that is prepared for a good action shot on a moment’s notice is a winner in my book. I would rather see my child laughing and enjoying life than sitting and smiling at the camera.
7. Get Level. Children are smaller than adults to a photographer needs to be able to get on level with the child. This can be applied to mental capacity as well as physical.
8. Fairly Priced. A great photographer values the exposure of their art rather than the money they profit. A photographer that offers sessions with a photo coupon that either offers discounts or a free print with a portrait package is healthy for my pocketbook. While a lot of portrait sessions are getting to be more affordable than they once were, a studio that gives out photo coupons is more likely to win my business than one who doesn’t.
9. Having Fun. The personality of a photographer tells me a lot about who they are and how flexible they will be during the photo shoot. A photographer who isn’t afraid to have fun with the child is more important than any other factor.
Remember to look for these qualities in your photographer for your next shoot for your child!