Tip #1: Don’t stress about posing your clients or your children
I love this picture of my daughter. She was really over my taking photos of her and she was very cold. She didn't want to take any more photos. Instead of plopping another headband on her head, I told her to go dance in the snow. I was able to capture her in motion.
Here is another example . . . this couple was a bit stiff and I needed them to relax a bit. Mission accomplished.
Here is a great tip, just follow your children around . . . I can always capture great photos just by simply staying in the background a bit.
Tip #2: Snap pictures while your clients or your children are interacting normally
I took this photo when the mom was leaning down to say something to her son. She didn't know I was still taking photos. It was a great shot because she was more relaxed. When she looked up again, she had a more natural smile that I was able to capture.
This is another photo shoot where the girls were not necessarily posed, but somewhat posed and definitely stylized. Sometimes in a shoot with children, take the time to let them have fun and be themselves, because the candid photos end up being quite spectacular.
Tip #3: The client and your children don't have to look at the camera
You don't have to always have your clients and your children look directly at you and your camera. I love to have clients look off in the distance or or each other.
Tip #4: Remember to focus on the details as well
Remember to get the details. If a couple is newly engaged, take a picture of their rings. If a mom and child are walking hand in hand, take a picture of their hands intertwined. Capture what is unique about your clients. Remember there are other parts of the body to focus on as well.
Tip #5:Have fun!
And most of all, have fun! I love taking photos and I love showing the amazing shots to my clinets even more.