Besides landscape photography, I like doing child photography because of the challenges that it gives me as a photographer. Unlike doing fashion photo shoots or even sexy photo shoots, a child will not hold a pose for the photographer or will have a pose ready to shoot. Instead it is the job of the photographer to have a keen eye, an accommodating outlook and a quick trigger finger to capture that shot, that perfect moment.
Just like the scene of the photo below, it might look staged but it was not as I have to follow the movement of these two and let them do what they would normally do to get this shot. Kids will be playful and they will have their tantrums and sometimes get sleepy during a photo shoot so as a photographer I have learned to be patient. So I parent would ask me how long will a photo shoot take and my reply would be I normally don’t set a time or how many hours a photo shoot will last as these factors are dependent on the child.
Another thing that I had learned with child photography is that the best time to have a photo shoot with a child is right after they awoke from sleep. Though this is easier when the shoot will be indoors but when it is done outdoors which I prefer, more planning on the part of the photographer is required as more factors are to be considered. A child will get easily irritated when it is already hot and as a photographer I don’t like doing a shoot when the sun is at its peak or almost at its peak as this gives a too harsh of a light and also produces very dark shadows on the subject.
Now after all that you might ask why I still like doing child photography and my answer would be the fulfillment of getting these kinds of shots. Shots that would capture these moments, moments that will not be repeated again. The satisfaction that I see on the parents faces when I deliver the photos to them is another bonus that I get when doing child photography. Knowing that they will have something to look back to when their kids are all grown up and has lives of their own is also one of the factors that drives me to get the best shots as possible.