Children

Children love to dress up. This is why fashion flair with them can be so much fun. They dress up, they have great personalities, and they usually are not shy in front of the camera. The downside of photographing kids is that posing may be limited, depending on the patience and willingness of the child.

Typically with children, I've found that "posed candids" are best. In short, I put kids in the right lighting and environment. Then I try to get them in a general pose (perhaps leaning on a tree or sitting on the ground). From there I let them be themselves, which usually results in a lot of great movement and expressions. I often have kids bring a favorite toy or have a parent helping to get great expressions.

If a child is cooperative and mature, I attempt more complicated fashion poses.

Figure 4.14 is an example of a posed candid. We did hair, makeup, and wardrobe beforehand. Then when we were in the park, I let her be herself with the parasol. She skipped, twirled in circles, and giggled a lot. This candid is one of the giggle shots.

High Fashion Child Photography

Figure 4.15 is an image of the same girl, on the same day, but with a high-fashion twist. I was able to direct the girl's posing to get this much more mature look. If I choose a high-fashion pose for the child, I try to get the pose to match the mood of the shoot. If you can get a cooperative child to do more fashion poses, I am sure you will love the results. Furthermore, this photoshoot was unique and will be eye-catching to anyone who sees it.

Figure 4.14

In this "posed candid," I put the subject in the right location and general pose and then let her act natural to get this beautiful expression.

Figure 4.15 is an image of the same girl, on the same day, but with a high-fashion twist. I was able to direct the girl's posing to get this much more mature look. If I choose a high-fashion pose for the child, I try to get the pose to match the mood of the shoot. If you can get a cooperative child to do more fashion poses, I am sure you will love the results. Furthermore, this photoshoot was unique and will be eye-catching to anyone who sees it.

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