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Secrets to Photographing Kids November 9, 2011

Posted by Emily in : Little Man Dallin, Photography, Princess Hannah , trackback

The silent activity on my blog is a result of being busier than normal.

I have so much to share.  I’m not sure where to begin . . .

Until I collect my thoughts, and organize my images, how about if I share two recent shoots of my kids?  You can also check out some of my recent shoots: the Salt Flats, new head shots, and some cool composite imagery over on my photo blog.

I rarely photograph my kids.  Well, I take that back.  I photograph them all the time on the iPhone, so that counts, right?  What I meant to say is that I rarely have an actual “photo session” with my kids.

These are two different sessions.  I photographed Hannah during the peak of the fall leaves, and then I photographed Dallin two weeks later. (I absolutely needed an assistant to photograph him, so it was a matter of coordinating with David on a warmish afternoon.)  Dallin’s session lasted about seven minutes.  Hannah on the other hand, let me work with her in two different locations for about 45 minutes.

I have a few secrets to share when it comes to photographing kids . . .

Secret #1 when photographing kids:  tell lame knock knock jokes.  The more they don’t make sense, the better.  (I told a silly knock knock joke to Hannah which allowed me to capture this expression.)

Secret #2: Play Simon Says or Follow the Leader.  Make it a game and they will play with you and give you darling expressions!

Secret #3:  Tell them to perform.  (I told Hannah to perform for all the passing cars and pedestrians.  She played a killer version of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star  Look at her stance!  She acts like she’s been playing for years!)

Secret #4: Role Play.  Kids LOVE to role play!  Tell them what is happening in the invisible world and they will get into character!

Comments»

1. Carol Guthrie - November 29, 2011

What beautiful children! They certainly resemble David but I am sure that your family can see the resemblance to you. :0)
Thank you for the tips, you did a GREAT job with these photos!

2. Rebecca F. - December 26, 2011

November 9th. Just saying.

3. Emily - December 26, 2011

I’m coming back! Promise. Soon-ish. :)

4. Rebecca F. - December 27, 2011

xox