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Okay, we’re back for round two of some handy tips for photographing children !
In case you missed Part 1 of the Ultimate List, you can find it HERE.
Let’s get to it then…
26. This is a popular, but effective one… Let the kids know that you’re going to either count or say the alphabet, and ask them to let you know if you get one of the letters/numbers wrong (ABCDEFQ). I find that kids absolutely delight in screaming ‘WRONG!’. It is the shot right after they call you out on it that is the one you want.
27. One photographer suggests saying the alphabet and snorting part way through (ABCD – snort – EFG). Not sure how this works but I’m guessing if your snort is awesome then the kids will love it.
28. Try coughing. This has worked well for me with babies 8months-1.5 years. They almost always look-up if not looking at me and they often find it funny and may do a little fake cough themselves.
29. When outdoors, have a child run away from you and turn around when you say stop. It usually provides for a pretty enthusiastic expression and they are typically still once they have turned.
30. Have them lie down on a bench/bed on their tummies – arms folded and head resting on arms looking at you. I have found I often get a very soft and relaxed look when I ask kids to do this.
31. Scream at the top of your lungs. It will most certainly get a child’s attention . It can be good for sibling shots because there is a good chance they will collectively find it amusing.
32. I love the Vehicle Sound Machine app for my iPhone. I find that young boys, in particular, respond to the fire engine, police car, and trains, in particular.
33. Use a sticker on a chair or on the floor and ask the child to ‘hide’ it by sitting or standing on it (if you want them in a specific spot). If it’s a sticker of a bug or animal, tell the child to keep the animal warm by sitting/standing on it (thanks, Kim!).
34. Dad or Mom shakin’ their booty works every time.
35. Tell the kids to keep an eye on their Mom and/or Dad. Tell them ‘make sure they don’t sneak up on me’. You can probably figure out what happens next .
36. The classic ‘whatever you do, don’t even THINK about smiling’ trick. Then you can make a funny face or funny sound afterwards (like Shelly does ).
37. Try the old feather duster trick and give them a little tickle right before you take the shot.
38. Peekaboo. A classic to be sure.
39. Try wiggling your shutter finger and say ‘watch my finger before it hits the button’.
40. Try putting anything on your head (stuffed animals, etc.). Younger kids certainly take notice and may find it amusing if it accidentally falls to the floor .
41. Storytelling. This can provide for some really soft and natural expressions. Try having Mom or Dad tell a story (as in the picture below) or you can tell one as well.
42. Stickers again – this time on the lense hood. I typically put a larger one on (1 square inch) when the child is distracted or looking elsewhere. Then when they look up they are surprised to see a little animal/bug/etc there.
43. Use a longer lense if possible, to simply become less conspicuous in capturing the child doing their own thing.
44. This one should have been at the beginning … get rid of Mom and Dad if possible (or when necessary and if it works in your favor). You can always invite them back .
45. Bubbles. Need I say more?
46. Finger puppets or hand puppets. One photographer uses a hand puppet as her ‘helper’ who takes the pictures for her and has had good success with that (thanks, Tricia!).
47. Again – this one should have come in a little earlier… give kids a choice so they can feel like they are in control – “Do you want to leave your shoes on or take them off?”. (If I really want their shoes off, however, I may try ‘should we all take our shoes off?’, which often works).
48. Assure the parents that their child’s behavior is normal (unless the child is a complete hellion LOL). A photo session can be very stressful for parents, in particular, so the more you can do to decrease that stress, the better.
49. For super hyper kids, tell them they can get their sillies out for a minute and then let them go wild. Ask them if they’re gone (the sillies). Hopefully, they will say yes and you will get another window of time (even if it’s brief).
50. Books. Books. Books. Make sure to choose a book that can add to the photograph if possible.
Can you tell I like books?
Okay… so that does it for Part 2. Expect the next installment soon!
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