Ryder’s 6 month photoshoot was the first shoot I have ever done with children. When I went out to take these photos I wasn’t expecting Ryder’s big sister Brynliegh to want some pictures too but I happily obliged because she loved posing for the camera. Luckily, the kids were pretty well behaved and mostly easy to shoot. I did my research before I went out for this shoot though. I looked into many tips and tricks to keep in mind while photographing kids.
As with any kids, of course it is hard to get them to sit still for a picture. I made sure I had props that were kid friendly and that would keep them busy while I took some photos. I used some small foam pumpkins as my kid friendly props for this shoot. They worked great not only because the kids loved playing with them but they also played into the October/Fall theme of the shoot.
One other important thing I learned from this session is to have fun. I feel like it is very important to make sure the kids are having a good time while you are taking their photos. I played around with them and made funny faces so that they would smile at the camera. Overall, it was a really fun experience and I learned a ton from it.
On the post-production side of things, even though I didn’t have a lot of experience editing this kind of photos, I tried to keep it as natural as possible. Nobody wants pictures of their kids that are overly edited with a lot of effects on them. I think the most drastic editing I did for this set is some light spot removal for some distracting objects and small blemishes. I wanted a clean and natural look for these pictures. It was very interesting to learn a subtle, clean, and natural editing style for these pictures.