June 23, 2020
When working with children from the ages of 4-8 this sentence has always worked for me when I am working with kids who refuse to smile. It’s not like kids HATE smiling, remember, they are in a new environment with you (the photographer). So try to be playful and very kind in your humor.
When working with very little children, I have mom and dad hold hands with all the children and walk towards the camera. They do not have to look at me (it actually looks more natural when they are walking and talking for the photo)! I usually do this two times in a row to get a horizontal and vertical photograph, and kids love walking back and forth!
(sometimes you just never know what type of “walking” poses you will get from little ones too, like this one below!)
If I am working with babies, I usually have the parent (or guardian/loved one) directly behind me so that the little one will look like they are looking directly at the camera. The natural tendency for parents is to move to the side of the camera because they want to be out of the way. But I actually invite parents/guardians into my little photography bubble because it helps their little one look directly at me!
(as you can see, this also works with one parent snuggling the little one, while the other parent stands directly behind me)
If your children have specific music they love listening to, bring that to the photography session and play it. Listening to familiar music can help loosen them up, and it makes for great dance photos throughout the session.
Most people nowadays have a smartphone. So if you are participating in a family photography session with little ones, download a fart noise app before the session. I promise a good smile will come from listening to either a fart joke or listening to that fart app. These laugh-out-loud photos look more natural and unposed, which I have noticed are my favorite!
(in this sunrise session in downtown Franklin with the sweet Grude family, Lauren (mom) was holding the fart-app behind her husband’s back in order to make the younger boys smile-it worked like magic!)
So there you have it! These are my top five ways I help kids (and sometimes parents) with some creative posing prompts while working with them for their Nashville Family Photography Session (and beyond)! You can (and should) have so much fun at your next family photography session!
Dolly DeLong is a Nashville-based family, elopement & branding photographer, and a business educator & encourager. Dolly loves serving families, eloping couples, and business owners with her timeless, radiant photography. She loves capturing the joy and emotion in both digital and film photos.
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