There's a trick to photographing children :) You have to trick them! It's not uncommon for little ones to be uncomfortable in front of the camera, and to tell you no when you ask them to pose. I've run into this problem several times! But as a mom of two, I know there are certain things little ones can't resist. They love flowers, and smelling flowers, and picking their mommies flowers. They absolutely love seeing pictures of themselves. And they love answering questions about what they are doing.
For little Mel, holding still for pictures was very difficult, and she didn't want anything to do with me. Fortunately we were in a garden, so I asked her to smell the flowers. Then I asked her to find me her favorite one and point it out. When she was looking, I asked what she was doing, and I got her to perk up and smile at me. Then of course she ran away, so I chased her and it became a game. But she would happily stop to see a picture of herself on the back of my camera.
Always make sure mom or dad is nearby, but make the session fun for the child! Candid, playful shots can be the most precious, and they show the child's personality. You may be hoping for something posed and planned, but often times children have other ideas. But very picture has potential to be amazing, and every portrait holds a memory.
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