In case you missed it, refer back to my Monday post before you start this one.
The first tried and true tip for photographing little is….
4-Get down on their level.
The first thing I try to do when I photograph kids is establish rapport by kneeling to their eye level and asking them a few questions- like, who’s their favorite princess, what’s their favorite song, what they got for their birthday, what kind of ice-cream are they getting after our session…. (parent, beware.) I try to tuck these little nuggets of info away and bring them back up at opportune moments to get real smiles out of them.
Getting down on their level means I get at least one knee dirty at every session with littles. When I photograph littles by themselves I usually want them to take up the whole frame so I am usually on my knees so I am shooting them straight on. Sometimes I am sitting and sometimes I’m laying on my belly.
(Like every rule/suggestion there are exceptions and this one has one. I love face shots of littles and when I do these I tell them to “look into my princess mirror” or “see if you can see Spiderman” as I stand over them and have them look up into the lens. I love these because their eyes are full of sparkling light from the sky.)
Getting “down on their level” also means I drop all sense of adult etiquette and sometimes talk about boogers and underwear or poop, because those are funny things! More about this later.
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