By now you all know that birthdays are a huge deal in our studio. Most of the times we smash cakes or create works of art, which was why I was so excited when Didi booked me for a session to celebrate her 30th birthday. Didi wanted some family portraits as well as some portraits of herself, and we had a ball of fun!
“I’m actually going to have a good photo of my daughter!” – Duncan
Carol really wanted to have some photos of her and her daughter. The problem is that Elora (apparently) hates having her photo taken. Even on the morning of the session, Carol and Duncan seemed very skeptical about our chances of having a successful session.
But the thing with children is that they seem to enjoy surprising their parents and Elora blew their socks off. She loved all the attention and turned into a real little model prompting Dad to blurt out, “I’m actually going to have a good photo of my daughter!”
Why was the outcome so different from their expectations? The key to having a successful session with children lies in three things:
Make them feel safe. Elora brought one of her favorite toys along, something her Granny made for her. By including this in the earlier pictures we created a safe space for her.
Have some fun! During this session Carol and Elora had a little “let’s make funny faces” competition. Even if those are not photos that you will want to show the world, it helps your child relax. If they see you having fun, they will mimic you.
Keep it short. With children you have 30 minutes for a session, if you’re lucky! After this they will just decide that they are done. From the moment you walk into the studio or arrive at the location, we (the photography team and the parents) need to create a relaxed environment for them so that their natural personality shines through.
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