It takes a little time, and a lot of photos, to get them at their best. They turn their head, they close their eyes, and they (occasionally) pick their nose. That’s OK! You can't rush them. They will come around.
Plus, it’s worth the time because they grow so fast that in 6 months that they won’t have the same look to them that they have right now. They won’t be curious about the same things. It’s worth it to take the time, settle them in and find what makes that child click with the camera.
Newborns to 12 Months Old: This is the most likely group to pee, puke, or poop. Don’t fret! One or all of those WILL happen. We can all plan accordingly and just roll with it.
Children 1 to 4: They tend to be the squirmers. The happy boy in the photo for this blog is being held up Lion King Style by his mom. He is an active and healthy little guy so we just worked with that and it worked beautifully!
Kid 5 to 9: This group usually has some school portrait experience under their belt and they are more relaxed and less impressed with the process. They are a good group to sit and chat with because they light up when they tell me what they are interested in.
Tweens and teens are an amazingly fun group to photograph so I’m going to save those ages for another blog post.
Photographing the world around us.