“Addyson used to have regular photo sessions with her parents. When I spoke to her parents about our session, it was clear to me that they were expecting a somewhat unnatural and very posed photoshoot, which made Addyson shy and very reluctant.
Her family mentioned that in previous sessions they had done their daughter would just get stuck under the pressure. Therefore, I tried to make the photoshoot more natural so that didn’t happen, and aimed at getting the very unique expressions her parents were used to seeing at home.”
Alliny’s Photography Tip:
Kids are not always willing to be photographed. Remember, their parents are the ones who actually care about the photos.
When dealing with a reluctant child it might be helpful to ask the parents to step aside for a moment. Have a little waiting area with a couch in the studio, so they can watch without interfering.
Take a couple of minutes to just play with the child before starting the session. After you get the child to trust you, try a couple of shots and get the parents to come back so you can carry on with the family session.
When you get children to trust you and have some fun before starting the session they see the photoshoot as something playful, so they will be more engaged.
It makes it a lot easier for parents as well. Once they see you got their child to enjoy the session they will let go of any worries and the whole family will just have a good time.
Alliny used a Nikon D300 with a Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens to capture these images.
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