Photography Ideas for Children

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When photographing children, try to make them feel as comfortable as possible, and don't worry about posing them. Capture the best candid shots of kids with helpful tips from a professional freelance photographer in this free video on photography subjects.

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Hi! I'm Alex Compton with Luminescence Photography in Pahrump, Nevada. Here's some ideas on photographing children. So we all know children are their own beings and they're not going to do what you want them to most of the time so it's very difficult to pose 'em. So my first suggestion is not to concern yourself with posing them at all. I can get them in their most natural state. You want to try to make a child feel at ease and comfortable with you, first of all, and a good way to do that is by clowning around and joking with it, or engaging them in some kind of an activity. Use of props is quite often handy. You can get them to play a little game with you with the props or explain something to you or share their thoughts and ideas. Be ready to take the picture to moments notice rather than try to get them to stand still for you unless of course you turn that in itself into a game. And don't be afraid to zoom in. You want to get in close to the subject matter and really concentrate on the subject at hand. Sometimes those odd ball shots where they're maybe making funny faces and things like that. A lot of times kids will do that at first naturally. Sometimes it's a pain if you're wanting to try to get them serious but at other times those are really the shots ultimately that the parents are going to enjoy the most. So make it fun, make it a game, have a good time with it. Most of all, be patient.

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