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Photographing Children

Dylann Hammond, 94th gradeMt. Forest Elementary

When I work with children, I often try to make as much eye contact as possible instead of burying my head behind the viewfinder. This works well with adults, but is particularly important with younger ones.

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If a child is timid or shy, including them in the process—letting them see a few shots, allowing them to take a picture—can warm them up to you, but be careful, this can backfire if,  after that, all they want to do is play with your camera.

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Keep in mind that their attention span is short which limits the time you can spend taking controlled portraits. When they lose interest in sitting for a portrait, follow them around for awhile, capture them in more candid settings. These are often the best shots.

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