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Embracing Gap-Toothed Smiles and Braces Children’s Portrait Photography

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Picture this: you have been aching to set up a professional portrait photography session, but one or more of your children just lost a baby tooth and is now sporting a gap-tooth smile. Should you wait for the adult tooth to grow in, or do you capture the cute but gapped smile? Personally, I love taking pictures of children with missing baby teeth. Doing so allows me to photograph the precious moments of childhood that will be over before you know it! I feel the same way about braces, believing that they should be included in photos because they are an integral part of your child’s life at that moment. If you are still on the fence about moving forward with your session planning, see if I can convince you:

Capturing a Sweet Smile with Missing or Gapped Teeth

Children typically loose all of their baby teeth during their primary school years, gradually replacing them with permanent teeth between the ages of about six and twelve. Because of this, you should expect at least one of their yearly school pictures to feature a partially toothless grin! This is an adorable part of childhood that reflects their sweetness and innocence. Unfortunately, this time in their life will also pass quickly. Your child’s cute, goofy, or mischievous grin deserves to be captured on film so you can look back on it in the future.

The alternative is waiting to have professional portrait photography pictures until your child’s adult tooth grows in. However, the chances are that another baby tooth may have fallen out by the time a new adult tooth appears! Plus, if your child has siblings, visits from the tooth fairy will be a regular occurrence. Instead, embrace their uneven or silly-looking grins and cherish this time in their lives.

Feeling Comfortable with Braces in Pictures

Having braces can be a touchy subject, even though they are more common than ever before. Some kids feel self-conscious, and you might think that most parents would hesitate to book a portrait photography session during this time. In reality, lots of mums have told me over the years that they do want pictures of the braces! Many mums recognize that wearing braces is an important part of a child’s life and that the resulting images will become adorable keepsakes.

When it comes to high schoolers or adults who wear braces, the best thing to do during a shoot is to relax. Smiling naturally will look much better than trying to hide the braces. Doing that often results in a tight and awkward smile, not to mention the posture that comes from feeling uncomfortable about one’s appearance. Plus, you can always get updated images once the braces are off. In the meantime, however, there is no reason not to document and cherish this time and experience.

Finally, do not worry about any possible reflections or glares from the braces themselves. I am well versed in setting up shots so that there are no unwanted glares off of braces, glasses, or jewellery. The right lighting will keep every image looking great.

Celebrate Milestones and Make Fun Memories

Whether someone in your family has braces or is missing teeth, the image will be uniquely you, at that moment. You can look back on them and remember that time in your life, along with the fun experience of the session. You can also have extra, high-quality portraits printed to send to far-away family members who may miss out on these little milestones. I offer plenty of on-location advice and guidance to help everyone feel at ease. The portrait photography session will not be overly formal or complicated, and you will not have to perform or pretend to be having fun. In fact, I welcome and encourage kids and families to giggle, play, and have fun together during a sitting.

The more comfortable your family is, the easier it will be for me to capture your unique personalities, relationships, and bonds.

In addition, booking a session will help show your child that there is no reason to be ashamed of having braces or sporting a goofy grin. After all, no one else is really concerned about these things! If you waited until everyone family members teeth were perfect, you will miss their entire childhood. We can always take some non smiling relaxed images as well. Embrace all of the traits and features that make you “you,” and encourage your children to do the same. When you are ready, talk to me about booking a session. I cannot wait until you see the resulting portraits!

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Margherita :)

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Portrait Photography: Getting Young Children to Cooperate

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Photo shoots involving children can be a challenge, whether the little ones are extremely active, camera-shy, or have a very short attention span. Thankfully, there are many ways to help make your portrait photography session a success. Keep scrolling to learn more:

Choose the Right Timing

A word to the wise: please, never book a photo session in the middle of your child’s usual naptime! After all, tired and hungry individuals tend to be grumpy and uncooperative, making it difficult to get the type of shots you want. Although some of the best outdoor lighting can be found in the morning, for example, it is essential to make sure your session does not conflict with naps and meals. Similarly, the light of late afternoons and early evenings is stunning, but such late hours may conflict with your child’s usual bedtime. A late night combined with the excitement of a trip may prove to be overwhelming. For best results, make sure everyone is fed and well-rested, and bring along a few snacks as well, but only bring them out as a last resort.

Pick a Fun Location

Children are much more likely to smile in photographs if they are happy and comfortable in their surroundings. Pick a location where your kids can play. The right location will help kids from getting bored and allow your photographer to capture a variety of natural, playful shots. Personally, I love being able to allow a family to relax and play with each other in the right setting and lighting, maybe amongst the trees?

Bring Shy Kids Out of Their Shell

If possible, arrive at the session a bit early. Doing so will give your children a chance to investigate their surroundings and interact with the photographer. Speaking with the photographer ahead of time, in particular, may help them warm up in front of the camera. Once the shoot has begun, let the photographer take the lead. Avoid over-coaxing or admonishing your kids, as neither method will result in great shots. In fact, trying to control the situation may lead to tantrums or emotional shutdowns. In these cases, I prefer you just chat normally as if you were at home. Don’t tell your kids to smile. That only results in fake grins. If you are cheeky and playful and make it fun, your kids will smile real genuine smiles that show off their true personalities.

To help your child feel more comfortable quickly, you could do something like ask funny questions. The resulting facial expressions and reactions are often priceless! You could also consider including your family dog in the shoot, or making sure that mum or dad is close by and in several shots with your shy little one.

Use a Bit of Bribery

Sessions should be fun, but your little one may need a bit of encouragement along the way. We will make the most of the time they pay attention on set, but you could also try to extend that time with the help of a few small bribes. For example, consider packing a few treats or a “treasure box” with inexpensive goodies as an incentive for your children to cooperate. Ahead of time, you could let them pick out a special outfit or some props that they get to carry and be responsible for during the session. A bit of external motivation often goes a long way in improving behaviour and staying focused.

Portrait Photography: What Not to Do

Although you will want your child to feel comfortable during the photo shoot, try to avoid talking about it for days on end. Discussing every detail can actually increase stress, as children tend to get worked up with anticipation before a big event. Instead, mention the session a couple of times and then give them more details the day of the shoot. On that day, be clear that the session is about having fun and that there is nothing to be nervous about.

During the session, avoid the ever-present impulse to tell your child to smile. Although this advice may seem counter-intuitive, telling a child to smile often results a forced, cheesy grin. Natural smiles come from being comfortable and having a good time, which is the goal of your session.

Need More Advice?

If you are still concerned about how your child might behave during a portrait photography session, reach out and contact me. Whether your family includes multiple, active little ones, or a child with special needs, I will work with you on an individual basis to capture beautiful images. Book a session today or contact me for more information.

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Margherita :)

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Photographing Children: A Few Essential Tips on Working with Kids

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It seems like everyone posts, emails, or otherwise shares photos online these days. However, how many of those photos are somewhat blurry, were taken in low lighting, or were heavily edited using various phone applications? Although many parents can capture great candid snapshots of their kids, there are many benefits to booking a professional photography session. Not only will the images be clear and crisp, but the set will also showcase your entire family as well as individual personalities and relationship bonds. Make your session more successful with these must-have tips for photographing children:

Practice Posing

Family portrait sessions include a few posed shots, the kind typically seen in school photos or on Christmas cards. To help your kids feel comfortable, explain the upcoming photo shoot and make a game of sitting in different poses. Set a timer on your digital camera or smart phone so that they can see that the goal is getting a group shot. Depending on their ages, you could even pick up a few photo frames and have them each decorate one to display later in their rooms or throughout the house. An activity like this will help little ones see both the importance and benefit of having a photo session without making it too much of a big deal. It also provides them with a great childhood keepsake!

If practicing posing, however, make sure not to have them hold any one position for too long. Although wiggly kids are challenging to photograph, anyone who tightens up to hold a pose will look stiff and uncomfortable in the resulting image.

Prepare to Work Around the Cheesy Grin

To take your practice session one step further, considering visiting the location with your little ones in tow. Let them play in and explore the area as you take a few casual snapshots. This way, they will be used to having someone take photos without feeling the need to grin every time the camera turns their way. Next, try asking one of your children to turn directly to the camera as you make a silly face or tell a joke. Avoid saying a trigger word, such as “cheese!” or “smile!” Instead of over-widening their smiles into something forced, your kids may begin to understand what a natural smile really feels like.

If that does not work, try this trick. Encourage your child to make grumpy faces, then silly faces, and then smile. The chances are that those final shots will be of a beautifully relaxed and natural smile! After all, the goal while photographing children should be to photograph what is genuine and real. Working around a fake smile can be a challenge, but a little bit of experimentation and creativity goes a long way into taking pictures worth keeping.

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Let Them Get the Wiggles Out

In addition to capturing posed, formal family portraits, your photographer should actively work to capture candid moments. Dress your kids in comfortable clothes and let them climb a tree, play a game together, build a sand castle, or play on park equipment. A few clicks of the camera will capture your children laughing, smiling, and playing freely and genuinely. Candid shots are the best way to capture individual personalities as well as tight-knit sibling or child-parent bonds.

As a photographer, I often let the little ones take the lead for part of a shoot, as I will happily follow them to a new piece of playground equipment or crawl on the ground to get a truly great shot. You shoot should be fun and enjoyable, as the best images come when everyone feels comfortable and relaxed.

Incorporate a Pet or Prop

Is your youngest one camera-shy? Does your middle child have trouble sitting still or focusing? Try incorporating your family dog into the shoot. The kids can sit or play with the dog, which might make them feel more comfortable and less shy in general. Alternatively, bring along your toddler’s favourite toy or even a few books. Kids can cuddle their stuffed animals, dig on the beach, or examine a pile of shells. Alternatively, you could have older siblings can read to younger ones or organize a game. Do whatever will help your little ones feel happy and at ease.

Book Your Session Today!

Do you need an updated family portrait, but are afraid that your little ones will not sit still long enough? I have years of experience photographing children, including newborns, multiple children, and children with special needs. I want your kids to have fun on the shoot, because those are the memories worth capturing and keeping. Contact me today with any questions or for more information about booking a session.

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Margherita :)

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4 Family Photo Session Poses That Showcase the Sibling Bond

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Photographing children is always a highlight for me, especially when I can focus on capturing the relationships between different family members. Your family photo session can include a myriad of poses and images, including group shots and something that can be difficult to capture on film: the sibling bond. It is easy to snap shots of smiling faces at birthdays and holidays, but harder to capture the moments in between, as your kids laugh, play, or simply co-exist together. However, these moments are completely worth capturing, and can be found more easily with the help of these four poses:

  1. Admiration from Afar

Photographing children and newborns is my speciality, and I especially enjoy capturing the way older kids peer at their newest sibling. In fact, a favourite pose is having one or both parents holding the newborn as the older siblings peek at the baby. As you can imagine, their range of emotions can vary widely depending on their age and personality! Your photos could include snatches of joy, admiration, confusion, and even jealousy as I work to capture their raw emotions and connection with their other siblings.

  1. Snuggling with a Smaller Sibling

Another way to capture a sibling bond is to pose more directly, with hugging and holding. For this type of pose, an older sibling could hold a newborn baby or the hand of a toddler or other younger sibling. These types of shots typically capture the sense of pride and responsibility instilled in an older sibling by birth right, as well as the pure joy and peace that comes with being with someone you love.

  1. Immersed in Quiet Time

In addition to capturing a group portrait, I love having the chance to take candid photos of an activity. Not all lifestyle shots have to be extremely active, however. Although I might request a few frames of your family walking or running on the beach together, for example, I also like to capture the quiet moments between siblings as they sit together. Imagine your kids kneeling together in a close semi-circle around your family pet, for example, or sitting together under a large tree as an older sibling reads aloud. These quiet moments allow for wide group shots as well as close-up shots that capture expressions.

  1. Playing or Hanging Out Together

The beautiful thing about sibling bonds is how they change over the years. No matter how old your children are, a family photo session can capture their individual personalities and inter-connections. For younger kids, part of your shoot can include a bit of playtime, such as climbing a tree or playing tag. Older children can hug or hang on one another’s shoulders, or simply sit and smile or laugh with one another.

Each of my family photo sessions includes both posed and lifestyle shots, allowing me to capture your kids interacting in a variety of ways. Thanks to my 15-plus years of experience photographing children of every age, I guarantee you will love the results of your session! Feel free to contact me directly to discuss any questions or ideas.

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Taking Photos of Children With Special Needs: A Few Useful Tips

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Families with very young, energetic, or camera-shy children know that taking a nice group photo together can be somewhat what of a challenge. Unfortunately, this means that parents of children with special needs, in particular, may be even less likely to schedule a professional photo shoot for fear of things going badly. However, I have photographed many, many families with children who have different needs, including cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Asperger’s, blindness, and autism. I approach each shoot differently, with the aim of capturing the unique smile and characteristics of each child. Here are a few of the ways I have worked with families and captured incredible pictures.

Each Person is Their Own Person

smilesSome parents fear that their child may need certain things or act out during the shoot. As the photographer, I am not there to simply take a photo but to capture a moment. In the case of a photo shoot, I look at that child and I just see them as their own person with their own needs, and I try to help meet those needs. Any extraneous actions or behaviors are not embarrassing or a big deal, and in fact often lead to fun, candid shots.

For example, I worked with a boy who has Asperger’s, which makes it difficult for him to make eye contact or show much emotion even if he is feeling happy. I asked his mom to bring the family dog along for the shoot, and the boy’s face lit up as he relaxed and played with the pet. In addition to a beautiful, relaxed portrait of the two of them, I also got a playful shot of the boy, his brother, and their dog all running and playing on the beach.

Another time, I photographed a lovely family who had a son with Down syndrome. We chatted about how I could help make him comfortable, and I also planned ways to make sure I got natural smiles from everyone, not the silly fake smiles that many children love to give! I asked his parents and two sisters to be crazy and do whatever they would do at home to make their son laugh, resulting in several striking, very natural images.

Let Them Take the Lead

I understand that many children with special needs may not react to the same photography prompts and instructions as other children, which is why I often let them take the lead. I often work with children who have autism, which can range from mild to severe. In several cases, the children have been extremely friendly but simply find it difficult to sit still for very long. For example, one boy loved having his photo taken but would run to a new spot after about 30 seconds of posing. The mother kept apologizing, but I decided to follow him and his sister and just have some fun. We got many beautiful shots of him alone, pausing and smiling, as well as playful pictures with his sister and even some portraits of the entire family.

As you can see, photographing children with special needs may take a bit more energy and shutter clicks, but it is completely worthwhile for everyone involved.

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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Sept74The one truth that remains the same is that children would much rather participate in photographs when they are able to run around and be themselves. If they are in a studio, they feel confined and are oftentimes told not to touch anything. This stops them from enjoying the session, stifling them, keeping those gorgeous, natural looking photos from being taken. This is why shooting a session outside is a perfect idea for children. I am going to look at a few Brisbane settings that will work amazingly for photographing your children.

1. Big Trees And Caves For Exploration

Big trees and caves offer an excellent opportunity to allow children to pretend they are looking for fairies or dinosaurs. I love helping little girls look for fairyland and capturing their gorgeous smiles as they start searching. I remember telling one little boy that I thought there were dinosaurs in a small cave, he was quite excited, and I captured some stunning images. When you engage their imagination, you will get some of the most magnificent portraits. 

2. Climbing Trees

Climbing gorgeous fig trees or other trees is a perfect portrait opportunity. It is one that is unique, and it will also be wonderful for children. This gives them the ability to play and just be themselves without the stuffiness of a studio or posed shots. I am able to capture their cheeky grins and their beautiful personalities as they are climbing and playing. This helps distract your children from the fact that they are being photographed, which will help them not feel awkward as the portraits are snapped. By doing something like this, I am able to capture them in the best and most natural setting, creating excellent images that you will cherish forever. 

3. Natural Hiding Spots

When photographing small children who feel awkward standing in front of the camera or staring at the lens, finding settings around Brisbane with natural “hiding” spots will be a perfect portrait opportunity. This allows the kids to feel like they are hiding from me, which allows me to capture some adorable portraits of them peeking around the corners of old walls. This can work with old buildings and walls, trees, flowers – the possibility is endless. Whichever place we choose will be perfect to capture gorgeous smiles and adorable eyes staring out at me. 

4. Fields, Old Sheds, and Vehicles Are Perfect

I did one session with a family in a field and around some old sheds; it was gorgeous. I was able to capture the children running around the field, playing and having a wonderful time. The old sheds also offered incredible photographs that were simply stunning. Old vehicles are another great setting for children. I had one young boy who loved fire trucks and other vehicles. I was able to find a location with stunning old cars and trucks, taking his portrait there. The images turned out incredible, and he had a wonderful time. These are great ideas as they can let the child have a fun time, imagine different things, and just being relaxed overall. 

Find The Perfect Brisbane Setting For Your Children

Finding the perfect Brisbane settings for your children is great to capture some stunning images. Contact me, and we will chat about the various locations that I think will be perfect. If you have any questions or have your own ideas, I am willing to answer and listen! Contact me today to set up a superb portrait session for your children.

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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Photographing Animals and Children: Gorgeous Family Portraits

dog-boy-portraitW. C. Fields once said, “never work with animals or children.” Sometimes this phrase is true but most times, this is a fun experience for the family and the photographer. Animals and children are fun to work with and can create much laughter throughout the process. Pets are just like family and in many cases they are just like our children. Family portraits with your animals are great ways to remember them and have a wonderful time. I am going to talk about how photographing your animals and children will create wonderful images for you and your family to enjoy.

Myth: Photographing Animals and Children Is Difficult

They are not as difficult as many say and I have captured gorgeous gorgeous family portraits of children with their pets many times. The important thing to know is that different animals may require different locations to keep them safe and happy. For example, cats are easier to photograph when they are in their own homes so a family session in your home would be the best. This way your precious kitties feel safe and relaxed and this will keep them from running away from the camera.

Unsurprisingly, dogs are some of the easiest pets when it comes to family portraits. They are always ready to look adorable and are typically very well behaved. If you happen to have a dog that is quite energetic, you can always let them run around the park or the beach for awhile to tire them. This will help keep the dog more behaved and easier to snap wonderful shots.

Why Should You Include Your Pet In Your Session?Sept75

There are many reasons to include your adorable fluffy friend in sessions. There is the tragic reason that your precious pet will not live as long as a human. A client of mine had some adorable pet rats and they brought them along to their family’s session; a few months later one of the pet rats passed away, making the portraits even more special to them.

On a happier note, your pets are a major part of your family and you want all of your family members in your portraits. This will create gorgeous and adorable photographs that will last ages and will be a great way to have fun with your children. This is a memory your children will have forever.

You and Your Family Will Be Relaxed and Happy

The best thing about having your furry family members come along for your portraits is that you will all be incredibly relaxed and your smiles will be genuine. Photographing your animals with your children will create gorgeous and happy shots. This will also help with reluctant teenagers because they will be more willing to participate if their special pet is with them.

Pets of all kinds are welcome to any of the family sessions I do, whether it is a pet snake, a bird, a cat, a dog or a horse. We had a pet Doberman when our kids were younger and he was very much a part of our family so I understand the importance pets play in our lives. Bringing your pets along to your family session will create images that you will cherish forever! Contact me today and we will discuss setting up a session with you and your family – furry family members included.

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Photographing Children with Autism

photographing childrenFamily photos are something we should all get at some point, but this can be difficult for families with autistic children. Many feel judged by others when their child acts out and are, therefore, afraid to go too many places with their child. They especially worry when it comes to finding a professional photographer, but I am here to talk to you about photographing children with autism and how it can work out beautifully in the end. 

Let Your Child Meet the Photographer

Many autistic children have a difficult time when it comes to meeting new people, which can be a major reason parents choose not to have professional photos done. One way to get great photos of your child is to have them meet the photographer before the photo session. This will give the child the ability to meet the new person on his or her own terms. You can even have photographers meet you at your own home, as many children will feel more comfortable in an area that feels safe to them. If your child seems wary of a photographer begin your search again until you find one your child feels comfortable with. 

Take Photographs in Safe Locations

You do not need to just meet in a safe place; you can actually stay in an area that is familiar to your child. This will help capture some stunning photographs because they will be calm and happy. Even if it is at your home, this will produce incredible photos that you will cherish forever. One autistic child I photographed had to have his photos taken at home because his attention span was very short. He would run constantly, so we decided to be safe and to take the photos in the family’s enclosed yard. I was able to take beautiful photos of him as he played with his favourite toys and I was able to capture some incredible moments with this child giving me the ability to give wonderful images to his family. 

Do Not Push for That Perfect Picture

There are countless photos across the Internet that showcase families in perfectly posed shots, but not every photograph has to be posed. In fact, many candid shots catch some of the best reactions and memories for families. Candid shots worked very well for me when I was doing a session for a family with an autistic child. We went to a safe park where we could let him run around. He would run from location to location and I would be able to capture those fleeting moments of absolute joy on the child’s face, creating some of the most precious photographs for his family.

The End Result Is Wonderful Photos

Do not hesitate to get professional photos of your child. Bring along that favourite toy and dress your child in comfortable clothes to help them feel more at ease with this experience. Once you have scheduled your session, do not fear! This will be a wonderful opportunity for you to create and capture some amazing memories of your precious one.

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Choosing the Best Brisbane Settings for Photographing Children Outdoors

 

beach-photographyAnyone who’s ever tried to capture really terrific shots of children that do justice to their wonderful natural spirits doesn’t need to be told what a challenge it can be. Children definitely tend to have minds of their own and getting the best out of them on your own time frame can be difficult to say the least.

Studio settings in particular can really spell disaster for the wrong children on the wrong day. The studio is hardly a place that offers the excitement and stimulation children want and need. They can’t move, run, jump, or play. They can’t touch anything either, as there’s always the worry something might get broken.  What’s more, putting children in situations like that really doesn’t bring out the best in them and that can really show up in the portraits.

The key to success lies in choosing natural environments for your shoots that allow children to play, frolic, and otherwise be their wonderful cheerful selves. Such environments make for stunningly unique portraits as well. For me this is the heart of photographing children successfully.

Playing in the Park

Parks are more than just beautiful places that make great backdrops for successful shoots. They’re also set up perfectly for bringing the best out in children in a way that really shows up well on film. I like to bring a little bit of imagination into things, the better to create an environment where everyone is having a good time.

For instance, I love telling little girls to look for fairy gardens among the roots of some of the big, knarled trees you find in parks. Little boys respond wonderfully to the suggestion that there might be dinosaurs hiding out in the same hidden places. When a child’s imagination flares after a suggestion like that, it’s nothing short of magical… and if you can capture that on film, you have a memory to treasure for a lifetime.

If the children you’re working with are in a more rambunctious mood, you can always encourage them to climb on trees or other appropriate structures. Since this isn’t a typical setting for “having your picture taken”, children really warm up to the idea quickly and you can snag some priceless shots as a result.

Add Loved Ones to the Mix

Another thing that naturally brings out the best in a child is adding their parents or a beloved pet to the shot. I’ve gotten some wonderful shots of children captured while playing peek-a-boo with their parents or running through puddles with the family dog. Add loved ones and favorite games that can’t help but make a child smile to a fantastic location and you’ve just set the ideal scene for a shoot.

At the end of the day, the idea is to take the children out of their everyday environments in such a way that they’re no longer focused on the business of posing for pictures. They’re simply being themselves and everyone’s having a good time… including the photographer! What better way to make memories than by capturing genuine fun, happiness, and enthusiasm on film?

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The Art of Photographing Children and Animals

The art of photographing children and animalsThere’s an old saying out there that says you shouldn’t ever work with either children or animals if you want your job to go smoothly. However, a photographer that’s good at what they do needs to know how to do the impossible and that means laughing in the face of rules like those (sometimes literally).

Animals especially present a real challenge because they can’t just be asked to listen to and follow directions the way a human can. Photographing them in a way that captures their unique spirits and really adds something to a family’s collection of memories calls for creativity, patience, and – of course – a healthy dose of spontaneity.

On Photographing Dogs

Dogs are perhaps the simplest types of pets to photograph, as they’re relatively cooperative. However, they still come alongside plenty of challenges and a photographer definitely needs to know how to seize the moment and be resourceful on the fly. Dogs that are still young, active, and cheeky do really well in environments that allow them to really cut loose, especially if children are also involved in the shot.

For instance, I personally love photographing families with dogs at the beach. Something about the splashing waves and the fresh air really brings out the inner playfulness in both children and dogs. This is even the case when dealing with camera-shy or reluctant teens. Plus, kids and dogs tend to bring out the best in each other in environments like that in a way that looks incredible on film.

Getting the Best Out of Cats on Film

As you can imagine, cats really present a challenge when it comes to capturing them on film, as they’re so independent. Generally speaking, cats need to be photographed on their home turf where they’re most comfortable. It’s certainly possible to capture some really endearing moments that a family will treasure forever… but it takes the lion’s share of patience and possibly also a dash of creativity. What will work also depends a lot on the cat and its unique personality.

Photographing Children With Other Pets

Of course, cats and dogs aren’t the only types of pets that can add something wonderful to a photo shoot and make memories on film. However, the same rules apply. The temperament of the individual animal should be considered. Also, nothing brings out the best in an animal quite like natural interaction with the owner.

For example, horses make wonderful additions to family portraits. They can be photographed looking over fences while the entire family leans in with them in front of a beautiful backdrop. Gorgeous action shots can also be captured by encouraging the owner to ride the horse around a paddock and waiting for that special something to shine through in a way that makes memories.

Many people even want to include animals like trained birds, rats, and even snakes as part of the shoot. They also make incredible additions to a scene that can actually really make the shoot if you know how to play your cards right. It’s really all about being patient and knowing how to spot that special moment when it shows up. I love photographing children and animals, families always look back at the images with fun memories.

Talk soon, Margherita :)

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