Genuine smiles in children in photo sessions can result in our most cherished portraits in the long run. I enjoy the age of kids where they have not yet become self-conscious in front of a camera. They talk, they play, and they express themselves in wonderful fun ways. Laughter comes more easily and natural. Sometimes a small prompt can go a long way with a zillion happy expressions and actions to follow.
During a photography session genuine smiles, giggles, and laughter usually create the most enduring images. In our culture today, children often encounter parents telling them to smile at the iPhone camera so fake smiling faces get learned at early ages. To get the most authenticity from children in a photo session we have to find ways around the stiff fake smiles they already know how to give.
Normally we want to have some plans in place to help kids have more natural authentic smiles during their photo sessions. Here are a few ideas that can help:
No matter how much we try to bring genuine laughter and authentic smiles from kids in portrait sessions, we need to be aware of things we do that can cause it all to fail. Here are a few tips of things to avoid:
Your portrait session should result in the creation of fun memories and beautiful endearing images to last a lifetime. Invest in the whole experience. The smiles, giggles, and laughter from the children provides a priceless reward in the portraits from your photo session. If you want to know more about scheduling a photo session for you and your kids, please send me a message. You can contact me here.
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