As a photographer, I dream of capturing both of my girls in the same image where they are both calm (meaning one isn’t trying to detain the other in some sort of bear hug) and gazing into the camera for that perfect shot. I often get that with other children, but never my own. They think they’ve given me plenty of images in their short lives, so I should just stop chasing them around with the camera. Well, I won’t give up, but I have learned that when working with children, you must remain calm and have plenty of patience. You also have to lower your standards as to what you think is that perfect shot. You could wait forever to try and capture that elusive peaceful, dreamy, non-fidgety pose. Or you could just get this.
You can tell that E’s over-smile means she’s just about to crack under big sis’ pressure.
Yep, there it is. We’re just about to lose her forever with this photo op.
Wait….she seems to want to stay. Nope, she didn’t quite lay down and is now out of focus and way too close to the light.
So, with E gone, it’s now up to big sis to give me a good face. But, she’s not having it.
Well, wait…did you say I could have M&Ms, mommy? Hmmm….lemme think….
Yes, you can have M&Ms AND play Mario Kart…
Bribery works every time.
To recap, when working with kids, don’t always try to go for the smiley posed shots. Be patient, be flexible, be enthusiastic, be calm, be open-minded, be prepared, be quick with the camera, and remember to let them be. Their many moods ARE the perfect shot.
Side note: My main point of doing these photos was to get some shots of another new backdrop I picked up. Just a few yards of patterned fabric stitched together with a solid gray pattern on the back. It’s reversible – two backgrounds in one for a few bucks! This small backdrop would ideally work with babies, less fidgety children, senior headshots or couple’s shots.