Kids are wonderful little people to photograph. They have their unique quirks, big emotions, and endless supply of energy. It’s very simple to take a quick portrait shot of children, having them smile at the camera, and call it a day. Yet, I like to go beyond that. I simply do one basic thing; I talk to them. I talk before I start firing away. I try to see what their interests are, and I try my best to be genuinely interested. Nothing makes a little one happier than realizing that someone is listening to them, and showing an interest in their little joys.
I try not to force a smile. Sometimes, I’m just a dork, and will say stupid stuff like “Look at the little leaf there, and smile at the leaf. The leaf really likes you.” Yea, ridiculous but fun:)
I love it when I am shooting while they are talking. It’s a hit or miss for the gold. The natural, beautiful portrait that shows the essence of the child’s soul. Those are the shots I’m trying to find.
Sometimes, they will just look right into my lens with no holding back. Those moments are amazing, and the gifts of photography to me.
I’m not concerned so much with the perfect portrait of technicalities, body positions, and such. I just want to capture their sweet, little spirits. Children are such gems to photograph. You have to go on their time and not rush anything. They teach us grown ups to slow down, and why it’s so important. I’m so thankful for this.