A fam­i­ly pho­to ses­sion with chil­dren can be a real test of strength. But mak­ing beau­ti­ful shots of young mod­els is much eas­i­er than it seems. It is impor­tant to cor­rect­ly set the light, choose the lens, inter­est and choose the right shoot­ing point. About how to cor­rect­ly and beau­ti­ful­ly pho­to­graph a child, they told in this mate­r­i­al.

Mak­ing a touch­ing pho­to ses­sion with chil­dren in nature is eas­i­er than it seems. Pho­to: ljhollowayphotography.com

Chil­dren under 5
How to pho­to­graph chil­dren under 12
Shoot­ing with teenagers
Do you need styling for a pho­to shoot with chil­dren?


How can you pho­to­graph babies? Today it is fash­ion­able to take cute and atmos­pher­ic pho­tographs, where very tiny chil­dren in bas­kets, on soft bed­spreads sleep or lie curled up. Such pho­to shoots are called new­born.

Why are pho­tographs of a sleep­ing child more often?

  • At this age, they still can not pose. Dur­ing sleep, it is eas­i­er to put them cor­rect­ly.
  • Babies look cute in their sleep.
At a pho­to ses­sion with a new­born, there must be par­ents who will con­trol the process and the safe­ty of their baby. Pho­to: stylefemale.com


– 7–14 days is the opti­mal time for the first pho­to ses­sion. At this time, they sleep a lot, are less active;

- opti­mal­ly dress the new­born, feed him and wait until he falls asleep. Thanks to this, you can change him sleep­ing sev­er­al times. And the baby will not be capri­cious;

- focus on the mood. If the baby does not feel well, is not in a good mood, is cry­ing, it is bet­ter to resched­ule the shoot­ing;

- if there are sev­er­al out­fits, the most dif­fi­cult one is put on first. The far­ther, the more every­one will get tired, in the end it is bet­ter to leave the sim­plest clothes;

- choose clothes, sur­faces (pil­low, blan­ket) are soft. If the objects are prick­ly, hard, it will both­er the baby;

- the back­ground is bet­ter to choose a sol­id, pas­tel col­or, so that it does not draw all the atten­tion to itself;

- acces­sories should not be too much. Bet­ter one or two accents, in the same col­or scheme;

- Place your head high­er than your legs. And the shoot­ing itself is often car­ried out from the side of the head, so that the legs are not clos­er to the lens and the pro­por­tions do not seem strange;

- it is best to shoot full face or a lit­tle from above to show how com­fort­able the baby is in his makeshift cocoon / crib, etc .;

- turn on white noise on your phone (there are spe­cial appli­ca­tions). It will help to relax and calm the baby;

- Shoot­ing can be made more inter­est­ing. For exam­ple, we pho­to­graph a child by months (once a month 1 pho­to), then we col­lect it into a large col­lage. Par­ents, grand­par­ents will def­i­nite­ly be pleased to see how the baby grew;

- how to pho­to­graph chil­dren under one year old and what kind of light to use? It is opti­mal to choose a stu­dio with large win­dows so that the light is nat­ur­al. But if there is no such option, use a soft­box to illu­mi­nate the entire area with soft, dif­fused light;

- a good solu­tion is to use an object table and a tri­pod. On the table you can put every­thing you need, pick up a plain back­ground. Using a tri­pod, you can choose the opti­mal point for a beau­ti­ful frame;

- most often for a pho­to shoot with such a small child they take a 35–50mm lens.

A mono­chro­mat­ic back­ground, a min­i­mum of dec­o­ra­tions make such pic­tures sooth­ing, soft and warm. Pho­to: photographynewinsight.blogspot.com

Children under 5

“Gold­en age” 2–5 years. At this time, chil­dren are most pho­to­genic. They are not shy, not pinched, spon­ta­neous and behave nat­u­ral­ly. If you want to take beau­ti­ful shots at a pho­to shoot with a small child, then up to 5 years old is the best age.

Give the child a flower, a toy, a large lol­lipop in his hands and take it off while he inter­acts with this object. Pho­to: jooinn.com

If you want to beau­ti­ful­ly and cor­rect­ly pho­to­graph chil­dren from 2 years old, these tips will help you:

- you have to shoot sev­er­al peo­ple — you can choose a wide-angle lens (17–35 mm), a por­trait — 50–100 mm. If you plan to shoot from a dis­tance (for exam­ple, how mod­els walk along a path or ride down a hill), you can gen­er­al­ly take a tele­pho­to lens (for exam­ple, 200 mm).

If you can’t take a lot of lens­es with you to shoot, you can take some­thing uni­ver­sal. For exam­ple, Sig­ma AF 17–70 mm. An option with which you can take both group and por­trait shots;

- if we pho­to­graph chil­dren on the street, then most like­ly they will run, jump and move quick­ly. There­fore, it is bet­ter to set the shut­ter speed to at least 1/200 (for a jump, it is gen­er­al­ly bet­ter to set 1/800). This will help to cap­ture even a sharp, sud­den move­ment in the frame;

- con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing is a good solu­tion. It is eas­i­er to choose at least one wor­thy from a series of shots. This is espe­cial­ly impor­tant at a fid­get pho­to shoot;

The focus should be on the eyes. A com­mon mis­take is to focus on the nose. This makes the pic­ture imper­son­al and unin­ter­est­ing;

- Do not use the built-in flash. It makes the face flat and life­less. If we pho­to­graph a child at home, you can do this by the win­dow (with nat­ur­al light) or use an umbrel­la (for a small room), soft­box (for a large room). Shoot­ing out­doors — before lunch or in the late after­noon (to avoid harsh black shad­ows at noon) + you can use a reflec­tor;

- when shoot­ing, it is bet­ter to low­er your­self to the lev­el of the child’s eyes. This will allow you to har­mo­nious­ly fit it into the frame. And if you shoot from above, then the bod­ies will turn out small, and the heads will be large;

- use ani­mals. Chil­dren look good in a frame with ani­mals. A lit­tle girl and a big shag­gy dog ​​or lit­tle kit­ten look cute. Impor­tant: it is bet­ter to take the ani­mal, accus­tomed to the child, or spe­cial­ly trained. And in detail about the ani­mal­is­tic shoot­ing was told in the blog.

A great idea for a fam­i­ly pho­to ses­sion with chil­dren is to take pic­tures with ani­mals. Pho­to: fi.pinterest.com

How to photograph children under 12

Already from 5–6 years old, the child begins to be embar­rassed. By this age, he most like­ly heard that he has not such teeth, ears, and he smiles crooked­ly, etc. This can cause self-doubt (some­one has more, some has less). And there is such a trend — at this age, chil­dren are more like­ly to pinch and try to pose. For exam­ple, smile so that a lost tooth is not vis­i­ble.

School­child­ren are usu­al­ly more con­strained, so you can first talk with them, find out what they like, how they want to see them­selves in the pic­tures. Pho­to: motaen.com

There­fore, the main secret when shoot­ing from 5 years to ado­les­cence is to make sure that they are dis­tract­ed from the cam­era. The eas­i­est way to pho­to­graph chil­dren in nature, togeth­er with ani­mals, friends, par­ents. Those who can dis­tract them from the pres­ence of the cam­era.

If you under­stand that the child is too tight, you can use our tips to help lib­er­ate the mod­el. We col­lect­ed them in a sep­a­rate arti­cle.

In addi­tion, you can safe­ly use all the tips col­lect­ed in the pre­vi­ous para­graph. They are rel­e­vant for this age range.

The pres­ence of a shag­gy friend will help to open up and be lib­er­at­ed. Pho­to: freight.qantas.com

Shooting with teenagers

Chil­dren from 13 years old — lot­tery. Some­one at this time has already become self-con­fi­dent, man­aged to vis­it a mod­el­ing school and knows how to work with a cam­era. And some­one has mul­ti­plied fears, com­plex­es and shy­ly tries to hide their short­com­ings.

Tak­ing cool pho­tos for teenagers is easy. It is enough to lis­ten to their desires. Pho­to: www.pinterest.com

How to pho­to­graph any teenag­er beau­ti­ful­ly? There are 3 key points:

- pro­pose (to devel­op togeth­er) an idea that the child will like, choose a loca­tion;

- col­lect ref­er­ences, show suc­cess­ful pos­es — so that the child is not afraid that he does not know how to put his hands and feet;

- remove annoy­ing fac­tors from the set (broth­er who jokes inap­pro­pri­ate­ly, etc.).


- shoot in a com­fort zone (home, favorite cafe, court­yard) or meet in advance, chat in the stu­dio so that the teenag­er gets used to you;

- praise, encour­age, show pic­tures from time to time. The teenag­er is old enough to say what he likes and dis­likes. This will help you choose the best pos­es and angles;

- involve pets, friends, rel­a­tives — all those with whom the teenag­er will be com­fort­able. Read more about the secrets of fam­i­ly pho­to shoots in our blog.

For teenagers, you can offer more cool ideas: shoot­ing on the roof, fash­ion styling, using col­ored smoke, holi col­ors, gel fil­ters (when shoot­ing in a stu­dio), etc. Pho­to: elle.vn

Do you need styling for a photo shoot with children?

We have already talked about what styling is. This is an oppor­tu­ni­ty to show the his­to­ry (of a fam­i­ly, a child) through pho­tographs. And there­fore, styl­iza­tion implies a par­tic­u­lar­ly care­ful selec­tion of images, loca­tions, and col­lec­tion of ref­er­ences.

For infants and chil­dren under 5, full and detailed styling is option­al. The for­mer sleep most of the time. The lat­ter do not need instruc­tions, because they are pho­to­genic and spon­ta­neous in them­selves. When work­ing with them, it is enough to fol­low the basic rules:

  • clean clothes, acces­sories and shoes, neat appear­ance;
  • the child should be full, sat­is­fied, in a good mood;
  • The loca­tion for shoot­ing is clean, beau­ti­ful, with­out too bright accents.

For exam­ple, for a new­born, this is a sin­gle-col­or pho­to­phone, a pil­low and a match­ing over­alls. For an old­er child — a light-col­ored suit, a dog, a for­est path along which they walk.

But for school­child­ren, teenagers, you can car­ry out a com­plete styling. This will par­tial­ly relieve the fear of the cam­era, because:

  • a child in the form of a hero that you like;
  • he is in the loca­tion he chose;
  • no need to fig­ure out how to stand up, you just need to repeat after the ref­er­ence.
The main secret of good pho­tos is to allow chil­dren of all ages to be them­selves. Pho­to: exploradordeviajes.com

We hope that these tips will help you take beau­ti­ful pho­tos of chil­dren of dif­fer­ent ages. It is not dif­fi­cult to con­duct such a pho­to ses­sion. It is enough to show the lit­tle mod­el that you are on her side and want to please her with beau­ti­ful shots.