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10 Experts Share Their #1 Tip For Kids Photography

Parents love to have their children photographed. Kids grow up in the blink of an eye, so it’s nice to have something to preserve the memories of their fun and beautiful childhood. But it’s not always easy to photograph children, especially when they’re active! There are also a bunch of other obstacles in kids photography, from mood swings to getting them to smile, that having beautiful and natural images can be somewhat challenging.

Photojaanic asked 10 kids photography experts to share their #1 tips, the biggest challenges, and the solutions. We’ve got excellent pieces of advice and practical tips from these photographers, and if you’re interested in this area of work, make sure you take notes!


ravinaRavina from Ravina Photography

What is your number #1 tip for shooting kids?

Don’t ever start with your camera. Instead, if you approach the session as an opportunity of having fun together, great photos will just happen.

What’s the biggest challenge in kids photography, and how do you tackle it?

These days most kids look forward to being photographed and can instantly switch on their “camera ready cheese” smiles. This is the biggest challenge and the hardest to undo, since it is almost hard-wired since infancy with the never-ending selfies. The best at such times is to put the camera down and spend some real fun time with your lil’ subject, doing things that are silly and crazy that basically sets them free from the world of right and wrong. Sometimes it’s great to break out into ‘Hasyayoga’ and the camera can then almost be in Auto Pilot mode.


 swaraSwara Rane from Swara Rane Photography

What is your number #1 tip for shooting kids?

My #1 tip for shooting kids, any age – from newborns to older ones is ‘Patience’. You can’t hurry through your sessions, you can’t plan them like a maternity session. You just have to be patient and go with the flow!

What’s the biggest challenge in kids photography, and how do you tackle it?

The biggest challenge in kids photography is to capture them looking into the camera, smiling. All parents want to capture that smile. Almost all kids have some level of stranger anxiety (except newborns of course). I make sure I break the ice before we start shooting by chatting, being friendly and if the parents are ok then even give a candy!


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Versha & Harjot Singh from Amor Creations

What is your number #1 tip for shooting kids?

Don’t disturb the normal schedule of kids when you shoot them. Let them be what they are.

What’s the biggest challenge in kids photography, and how do you tackle it?

Challenges in kids photography are different for different age groups. With the kids between 6-12 months, the biggest challenge is to keep them sitting with a studio setup as they tend to crawl and run each and every time you make them sit. Also, their mood can’t be understood. With newborns, you have to be very careful while posing.

For kids above 3/4 years, it’s a little tricky to get expressions on their face. You have to keep them engaged so that they don’t get camera conscious.

So, overall patience and tricks work together to get a successful photoshoot of kids.


ShwetaShweta Mukherjee from Mommygrapher

What is your number #1 tip for shooting kids?

My number one tip for shooting kids is – always remember that they are the boss and you are following them. This will help you in capturing the real them, for me capturing their personality is one the most important aspect.

What’s the biggest challenge in kids photography, and how do you tackle it?

Photography is all about light. Making authentic photos where you are giving the kids their own freedom but also in the best possible light is my biggest challenge. Most of the time being interactive is the key when I am working with kids. With babies, one should have lots of patience. One of my mantras is, don’t get anxious and don’t let the parents get anxious too because you pass on your anxiety to kids. I truly believe that a photo session should be an experience. Creating an experience for each family is my challenge. I want all of them to go back happy and think about the day when they look at the photos.


SajjadSajjad from Photo Kraft Photography

What is your number #1 tip for shooting kids?

Kids are beautiful the way they are. You don’t need to add too many props to create a beautiful picture. Just get them to the right location, with the right light and allow them to be themselves. Have a lot of patience, be a silent observer and wait for the right moment to capture. Or you yourself, be like a child. Have fun, engage with them and capture the photo. You don’t always need ‘smiley face’, ‘looking at the camera’, ‘stand still’ poses. You will miss their natural expression & emotion in the picture if you try imposing thing on them. Shoot what you love and what makes you happy about them, instead of trying to mock something.

What’s the biggest challenge in kids photography, and how do you tackle it?

To be honest, I LOVE photographing kids and families. It’s so much fun. My approach is minimalistic, simple and organic. Not many props, just focus on my gorgeous children, clients and the amazing locations that I have the opportunity to utilize. To create images with beauty and simplicity that can evoke a stronger emotional response in the viewer is quite challenging. You need artistic heart, sensibility, and vision for that. And sometimes it bit challenging to make the parents relax in front of the camera and letting their true personalities shine through.

After my sessions get going, I stand back and observe, gently directing into good light, and subtly guiding their interactions. I feel like there is naturally so much emotion to be captured between loved ones. I have photographed so many infants, toddlers & families and I learn something new every time. My clients are expecting me to create images similar to those they have seen in my portfolio, so it is my job to help them and kids relax and to direct them into connected images.


parulParul from Peachlove Photography

What is your number #1 tip for shooting kids?

The only tip to take pics of kids is to let them be and make memories of who they are without forced smiles, best photos come when kids are in their element.

What’s the biggest challenge in kids photography, and how do you tackle it?

The biggest challenge is edgy parents, who want their kids to perform for the session, forcing smiles and poses. So to avoid this situation we have a pre-counselling session where we tell parents to relax and let us entertain and take attention of the kids.


AmritaAmrita Samant from Mommy Shots

What is your number #1 tip for shooting kids?

The #1 tip (besides being patient which is a defaulted) would be to understand the child’s mind space and work with that to get the best out of them in a portrait session.

What’s the biggest challenge in kids photography, and how do you tackle it?

The biggest challenge is their unpredictability, no matter what the age group – newborns to toddler phase, and working with this unpredictability smoothly which requires years of experience.


SuryakantSuryakant Raut from Clickbaby

What is your number #1 tip for shooting kids?

The most important tip will be to get down to the child’s level while taking a shot… top looking down images generally look amateurish.

What’s the biggest challenge in kids photography, and how do you tackle it?

The best shots are often impromptu and the best images are made while capturing children as they are. They don’t fake their emotions, which makes their portraits stand out.

The biggest challenge is to convince the parents to let their children be. We generally talk to the parents beforehand to not pressure the children to smile for the pictures. Instead to play with them and encourage them to have fun.


ManasiManasi from Click to Cherish Photography

What is your number #1 tip for shooting kids?

Kids do not like to be restricted, so set them free. While shooting kids you have to behave like a kid. Behave like one to get friendly with them and then the things become smoother. We do all silly things to make them feel comfortable. Once we are friendly with them our job gets easier and we get those perfect shots. Secondly, we ask parents to be relaxed and don’t force the kids. We know how, what and when to take that perfect shot.

What’s the biggest challenge in kids photography, and how do you tackle it?

The most important thing is to be patient. Some toddlers are shy and it takes a while for them to gel with us. But we tackle it in a different way. We make them busy in their favourite things. May be jumping or playing with sand or blowing bubbles or it could be even having an ice cream or leaking a candy. In such situations, we get the raw moments and there isn’t any reason to put effort into creating one. After every session, we get one common feedback from parents that we have a lot of patience and it’s not an easy affair as it sounds like. It feels great, but honestly, for us, it’s a pleasure to be part of their memories and not a tiring affair.


roshniRoshni Hariharan from Cuddles and Giggles

What is your number #1 tip for shooting kids?

It is to become one among them. You need to learn their wavelength and understand what could make them laugh or cheerful. Discuss with parents what makes them smile/happy at home, use that tactic before clicking. Also there are some standard tactics I personally use to make babies smile/laugh like funny expressions, funny noises, things that parents could do too to bring out vibrant family pics etc.

What’s the biggest challenge in kids photography, and how do you tackle it?

The baby’s mood. I make sure I inform the parents to feed the baby well and make sure he/she has had a good nap before the shoot. A cheerful baby makes the session easy to handle.


A huge thank you to these kids photography experts who have contributed to this article by sharing their valuable tips and advice!

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