Photographing kids can be really challenging at times to say the least. This is especially true when you are trying to get them to look at the camera and you have all sets of grandparents standing behind you “helping” you get their attention.
One of the biggest lessons I have learned from photographing people and especially weddings is that there comes a time when I have to acknowledge that I am ultimately not in control. I can try and persuade a kid to look at the camera and smile, but if they are tired and grumpy, they are going to do whatever they want to do. This is true for adults too.
When I find myself getting stressed because people aren’t doing what I want them to do I simply say, “It is what it is.” and move forward doing the best I can with the people and situation I find myself in.
If a child is crying…I take their photo. If someone is making a ‘grumpy face’….I move in real close and take their photo. People aren’t always happy. Everyone knows this is true, but we still feel a desire to have everyone smiling and looking at the camera for a photo. Some of my favorite photos are moments I captured that are the complete opposite of happy, smiling, faces staring right at the lens.
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