- Smarties make for the "PERFECT" treat! They are small, melt in your mouth quickly and they do not stain clothing. You can give one at a time which will allow for lots of cooperation time. Brilliant, right?
- Remind the child of what a great job he/she is doing... "You can do it" is worth repeating several times. The encouragement given will keep the other children on task as well and what child doesn't want to do a great job with positive encouragement coming their way?
- Put the child on a chair, a top a dresser, or in a wagon, etc. Props like these keep little runners from running away and they add fun style to your images.
Getting children to cooperate during a photo shoot can be challenging, but with a little coaxing, you can reap the rewards of a well behaved child. Some children find having their picture taken a bit intimidating and some kids just don't want to disappoint because they may not have a clear idea of what you will expect of them. A little direction from you, the photographer, will quickly put a child at ease. Positive reinforcement and little reminders of what a great job they are doing are all that children need. Here are three examples to getting an un-ruly child(ren) to cooperate.
Great photography doesn’t take fancy equipment or college degrees—just passion and a willingness to invest in yourself and in the memories you’ll be preserving for generations to come.