It’s said that you should never work with children or animals. With photography, though, children and animals can be the most entertaining subjects to work with!
The beauty of shooting children is capturing them as they are, and the best shots are often impromptu.
Unless I’m working with a professional child model my shoots are never longer than an hour, I’m always watching for the signs they are done – pushing a child beyond that point doesn’t benefit anybody.
Even as an adult, having a camera point at us makes us squirm. So it’s no wonder that the kids start acting unnatural when you point a camera at them.When photographing children, I need to be persistent and patient, lifting the camera often enough that the kids get used to it. After a while they should forget it’s there and you’ll have those candid, natural shots that always look the best.
Studios can be intimidating – generally I recommend not using a studio unless it’s commercial work. I always suggest finding quiet outdoor locations when children can run around and play.
I prefer natural light and a natural environment (at a park or at home), as I believe the raw emotions of children should be depicted in the raw light.
I’m being a bit silly when I work with children. No matter what I shoot that day I want them to go home with a smile on their face, excited to see the photos.
We arrange session with Isabelle at The Fletcher Moss Park in Didsbury, Manchester. It's a beautiful park and it's not very busy. She was a little star playing around,smiling and posing. We have so many beautiful photos so it was really difficult to choose just a few to publish.
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