– Spring minis – I love that whenever I need a couple little boys to model for me that one of my dear friends is game to let me use hers! Spring minis would have been super fun and I’m sad they got canceled this year!
I have a couple more sessions that I will be catching up on posting over the next couple of days then I’ll be counting down the days to when I can get out and shoot all your beautiful faces again ❤️. First up though we have Tiffany and Nick and aren’t they just the cutest! I’m glad we had a little sunshine come out for their photos. 😍
So we talked about how you can take a better photo as far as the actual look and quality of the photo but let’s talk about how to get kids to cooperate in a photo. This is not as much of an issue for older kids but could still apply somewhat. For younger kids, it’s all about giving them something to do, whether that’s holding something, looking at something, or thinking about something. If you can get their mind off of the fact that the cameras in their face and onto something else then you are more likely to get them to cooperate and give you a real smile.
Things I do with my own girls include:
Think about something that happened that was really funny. If you can think of the example, start telling it yourself.
Tell them to look at each other and try not to laugh. This can give you some super sweet candid looks.
Is there a bird (or whatever you think they want to see) on mom’s head?!! Saying this makes them look towards the camera and most of the time mine laugh because of course there isn’t but it’s funny to think about. Bonus points though if you actually do put something on your head!
Tell them to say macaroni and cheese as loud as they can.
As they do each of these things the first couple pictures may look a little awkward and not be their real smile/look, but if you will do a burst mode and take three or four in a row you will find that by the third and the fourth you’re getting natural smiles or looks. PS Don’t forget to check out my blog post (Here) on how to take better Easter photos and also get your free pdf (Here) download and don’t forget to send your photos to me for editing at email@example.com!!
Shoot at the right time of day. This time of year the best time between 8 am to 10 am and 5 pm to 7 pm.
Find natural shade. Put subject(s) in the shadow of a tree or even in the shadow of a building. Anything that helps diffuse the harshness of the sun.
Watch the background. The more neat and clean it is the more professional it looks. Make sure there are no trees that look like they are growing out of heads or any just random objects in the background.
Let’s talk posing. Mix it up, our fall back is to just line up everyone in a straight line but mixing it up a little will add interest in your photos. Put some in the front on their knees or have them take hands. Do some candids too, everyone looking at each other, or have someone crack a joke and get everyone laughing.
Finish off those great photos by giving me the honor of editing them for free! Send me you photos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is a tour of my small 14’x8′ photography studio. You can see how a decorated and how I store things. Be on the lookout for more posts on how I can turn it into places to photograph newborns, small families, and headshots.
You might as well flip your phone over and read this post that way because everyone’s lives are turned upside down right now anyway LOL Mine definitely is.
Here’s a small look into what I’m doing to keep myself from going (too) crazy.
Keeping my kids on a sort of schedule. We may not be doing our usual town, park, and library trips but we are still holding to the at-home routines.
Staying busy, though my photography calendar is closed until this all passes (please be soon)I am still working my make my business better by improving my workflows, templates, answering emails, creating content (like this here) and having my camera in hand at least a few minutes a day.
Video chatting with my people. Make time and call the ones you miss! It will lift your spirits. Let me know how you are doing life right now in the comments.