Children possess a magical ability to bring joy and spontaneity into our lives. As a photographer specialising in capturing the candid memories, I believe that by allowing children to be a little mischievous and embracing their playful nature during their photoshoot, we can capture some wonderfully heart warming moments.
I always try to emphasise the importance of creating a stress-free environment for children (and grown-ups), where everyone can freely express themselves, be silly, and, most importantly, have fun. By encouraging playfulness, we can create unforgettable images that truly reflect the essence of your child's unique personality, as well as their bond with you.
In my experience, children are most likely to shine in front of the camera when they feel comfortable, relaxed, and encouraged to be themselves. By allowing children to play, be silly, and interact naturally, I will be able to capture those authentic connections between you all. As well as the true joy and spirit that defines childhood.
Genuine interactions between siblings, parents, and even with me as the photographer, make for heartwarming and cherished moments captured in photographs. By embracing playfulness, we create images that not only freeze time, but also evoke memories filled with laughter, joy, and the beautiful chaos that is being a kid.
Embrace the Big Kid Within: Unleashing the Power of Play
When children see adults actively participating in play and fun during a photoshoot, it encourages them to let go of inhibitions and embrace the moment with even more enthusiasm. Here are a few suggestions to help create a playful atmosphere while we are out on a photoshoot.
Games and Activities: Incorporating games, such as Simon Says, hide-and-seek, or tag, can make the photoshoot interactive and enjoyable. These activities not only help children feel at ease but also provide opportunities for capturing spontaneous and playful moments.
Sing, Dance, and Be Silly: Singing songs, dancing, and encouraging silly antics create a lighthearted atmosphere where children can let their imaginations run wild. These moments often result in genuine laughter, radiant smiles, and images that truly reflect the carefree spirit of childhood.
Props and Toys: Props and toys can serve as catalysts for imaginative play during the session. Whether it's a favourite stuffed animal, a bubble machine, or colourful balloons, these elements can add an extra touch of joy and excitement to the photoshoot.
Family photoshoots are all about capturing the magic, wonder, and playfulness that defines your children's unique personalities. By creating a stress-free environment and encouraging children to be mischievous and playful, we unlock the door to authentic expressions and connections. Childhood passes by in the blink of an eye, and preserving those fleeting moments is a treasure worth cherishing.