Kids are great. It’s a wonderful change of pace at the studio. I had two young sisters (about seven and nine) today and it was interesting to watch the younger sister study the older. The girls were having a great day, having their hair done then going to lunch with mom.
Sometimes it’s hard with kids in that you want/need to direct them but you can’t over direct them. It’s easy to give them so much to think about they become stiff and confused. So I tend to build up very slowly. I do shoot them the same way I would shoot an older model.
When it was the seven year olds time she tended to do the “I’m a model” poses, they are cute as can be at that age… just want to be like big sis. Agencies are looking for lots of personality and don’t want stiff portrait poses.
A big part of kids in the industry is how well they listen, follow directions and stay on their mark.
I know I can always get a laugh from the kids when I boss their parents around. I decided to shoot the two girls together at the end of the shoot and the mom started instructing the girls. I wanted them to act up and be crazy funny. So I looked over and asked the mom to “zip it”. The kids started laughing of course and I shot away. Kids love it when you boss their parents around. We all had a good laugh and the kids had the green light to be over the top. The stuff they came up with I could of never told them to do. Let em rip!
You can never go wrong shooting kids high key. The agencies love it and the kids have a large zone to move in. Keepin it fun.0 comments