Best Tips for Working with Kids

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Rekha says:

“This was a children’s portrait session for two high-energy, happy little girls. Mom wanted some fun, casual and lifestyle images to remember this stage in her children’s lives.

This fits my style perfectly, and I had a wonderful time creating these images for them. There’s nothing more precious and delightful than capturing children, just the way they are.”

Rekha’s Photography Tip:

I think the main thing that made this session a success was my interaction with the subjects. Since my subjects in this case were children, I did that through conversation and play.

Here are some of the things I did to help the girls loosen up and relax:

  • Peek-a-boo never gets old! It’s the one game that gets most little kids interested and giggly. I used a white throw over the girls and peeked under it to get the first shot below.
  • Having small props for the child to hold and play with is great to keep them focussed for a few minutes, since their attention spans are short. It also allows us to catch some great candid shots and get authentic moments and expressions, like the photo with the mirror.
  • Make sure to get shots with the littlest ones first, because they get sleepy, hungry or just distracted, faster.

Interacting with your subjects is key to getting authentic portraits, especially so with children. It helps keep the session stress-free and fun, and gives you the ability to capture their true personalities.

Peek-a-boo
Giggles
My best friend in the mirror
A sister is a friend forever

Rekha used a Nikon D90 with a Nikon 50mm 1.4 lens and a Nikon 18-55mm 3.5- 5.6 lens to capture these images.

Rekha Varghese is a Portland, Oregon photographer.

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