One of my favorite things to do is photograph children. There is such an innocence and joy to them and I love trying to capture each child’s personality. However, you may find that sometimes when it comes to being in front of a camera, your child freezes up and becomes a totally different kid. In this case, kids are completely unpredictable. They can be so adorable and easy going and laughing uncontrollably one minute, and the next minute, turn that charm off completely. They will typically smile for you all day long until you put them in front of a camera, then they freeze up like a deer in headlights. I want to help you avoid the gritted teeth and bug-eyed forced smiles during our session.
Here are some things you can do to make your session a success:
- Make a list of things that your child thinks are funny and send it to me prior to the session. This way, we can be prepared and add these things into our bag of tricks.
- Also give a list of icebreakers for your child. Share with me the kinds of shows they watch, music they listen to, friends’ names, favorite story, etc. This will give us something to talk to them about, and will help them forget they’re in front of the camera.
- Practice phrases at home to see which ones evoke the best smiles from your child.
- Try out a couple of jokes with them. During the session, we can ask them to tell us a joke and this will typically loosen them up as they tell it to us.
- If there is a song that your child loves, load it up to your phone and bring it along with you, or be prepared to sing it for them during the session.
- Prepare a bribe (such as a toy, a trip to the zoo, etc.) and show it to them, or remind them of it, during the session.
Trying to plan ahead with a few of these suggestions will go a long way in making your session a more successful one!