Taking photographs of children, regardless of their age, can be a daunting task even for the most experienced photographer!…
In my previous blog post on studio portraiture I mentioned how important it is to have your subject at ease in order to get good pictures – the same holds true when photographing kids, but it can be quite challenging !
Children might by nature be less intimidated by a camera pointing at them but they are also more prone to impulsive behavior and sudden loss of interest. Of course age plays a deciding role in how they behave, what can reasonably expected from them, and how they respond to being photographed.
Older children are easier to direct and understand better what is expected from them, all of which makes it somewhat easier to photograph them. However, regardless of age it is sometimes best to photograph children while they are involved with natural and undirected behavior – such as while they are at play.
Ideally it is best taking pictures of children while they are not aware of it, or are being distracted.