12 Ways to photograph uncooperative children
Kids can be a handful sometimes so when it comes to energetic toddlers, chairs are your best friend.
Let them decide
Don’t make them pose, make them play instead! Peek-a-boo is a perfect example of how to capture a smiling face with young kids effortlessly!
Let them be the photographer
This works great for 18 months and up and sometimes even younger ones want to play along! Hold the camera and let them push the button to take a picture of their parents or siblings, and then its your turn to take a picture of them.
Works with all ages. I’ll have mom or dad tickle the kids to get more natural smiles.
Singing, Dancing, Playing their favorite song. All help for calm and happy environment during the photoshoot and help the kid be themselves.
Offer a reward
Whether it’s my own son or a client’s child I tell them they can pick out ANY rock, flower, frog, or blade of grass that they want and can keep it forever! And we act like it is THE most special rock we’ve ever seen!
Because kids usually are told no all day long, they light up when you tell them YES!
It’s such an easy but effective trick with toddlers and young kids.
The thing they love the most is doing the exact opposite of what they’re supposed to do, so just ask them NOT to do it! Don’t smile, don’t sit…
Especially for babies- seeing a new toy immediately catches their attention. Use it to have them look at the right direction.
Let the kids have their favorite toy/plush with them during photoshoot.
Let them see
Show them themselves in the camera during photoshoot.
Ask them how they want to have the picture taken. (Where do they want to stand/sit? How? Who should be in the picture)