My grandchildren, I’m afraid, suffer from “photographer’s kid syndrome”. That’s a childhood disorder that is caused by moms & grandmothers (who happen to be professional photographers) having a camera trained on them from the moment of their first breath. My grand kids universally balked when they saw me break out the pro camera during their toddler and preschool years. But now that they are older it is much easier to get their cooperation, at least for short periods. Part of it is that I have relaxed my expectations, and part of it is that I carefully prepare everything BEFORE I start taking pictures. I’ve figured out where I will do it according to sun and background, and I’ve thought about clothing (or decided it wasn’t worth it to change their clothing), and I’ve thought about what’s in it for them (ie, appropriate and tantalizing bribes). Then I shoot like crazy for 5 minutes to make sure I’ve got a great one…and lately, I always do 🙂
The first one was done in my garage, and took about a minute to get. The second was done while we were playing corn hole with them, and took a tiny 2 minute break between games to put them on a picnic table that had great light.
In this case, the shoemaker’s children have good shoes after all!
If you are looking for a Westminster SC & Pendleton SC photographer for kids portraits – or anywhere in the Upstate SC area as well as southwestern PA (where my family still lives & where I visit frequently) – give me a call at 724-986-2625 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can chat!