Kids Portrait Photography Made Simple: Capture Their Creativity

Here are some tips for taking great kids photography that really captures their personality at their age. When you look back on these photos years from now, you’ll remember their unique qualities and talents and they’ll appreciate the fact that mom and dad thought so creatively about how to capture them in their younger years.

1. Use props. Consider your child’s interests and talents. Do you they love art, playing sports or constructing legos? Bring them to your photo shoot to get them relaxed in front of the camera and let me, the photographer, capture them in their element!

2. Tell jokes. Do they always crack up a certain joke that you like to tell? Or are they especially ticklish? Don’t be afraid to get a little goofy with your child to help loosen them up for the photo shoot.

3. Prepare the beforehand. Most kids don’t like surprises. Have a gentle, yet fun talk about the upcoming photo shoot. Practice poses they’d like to try, and let them know how long they will be taking pictures. Providing as much detail about the session, including location, who the photographer is, and what will happen afterward (photos will be delivered and you can create an album together!), will give your child the needed information to visualize what the day of the photo session will be like!

4. Eat a mean beforehand. Make sure your child is well-nourished just before coming to the photo session. And don’t forget to wipe faces! Crumbs do show up in photos! 🙂

Do you have any tips you’d like to share?

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Spring Family Portrait Session — National Harbor, MD

I had the privilege of photographing the Huggins clan at the National Harbor, Maryland on the waterfront recently. In fact, we photographed on probably one of the busiest days — Mother’s Day!

All I can say, it was extremely crowded on the waterfront when we started our shoot around 6:00 p.m., but we made it happen anyway! The Huggins are troopers. And I’m sure they felt like mini-celebrities as we maneuvered through people to stop for poses along the pier and waterfront.

I managed to get some great shots of the family (see slideshow below), despite the challenging environment. The kids, having just woken up from naps on the car ride over, were still a little groggy and (as most kids are) weren’t as excited as I was to take pictures. So I encouraged mom and dad to take them for a little stroll to get them warmed up for our shoot. [Read more…]

My Top 5 Family Portrait Photography Tips

family portrait photography session at the Gaylord, National Harbor MDAs I head into a busy photography season, I thought I’d share some of my favorite tips for preparing for your family portrait session. Photographing with kids at just about any age — whether you have a toddler or pre-teen — can present several unexpected challenges.

My first and foremost advice is to be flexible! If your child isn’t feeling up to taking family photos, let me, the photographer, take the lead. Sometimes kids are more likely to let their guard down in the presence of a friendly photographer. I have my way with kids, ya know!? LOL Actually, as a photographer with two young kids of my own I’ve had tons of practice with my own two little ones getting them to cooperate when mommy is trying to get the best shot. Trust me — I know a thing or two about getting kids to cooperate and it doesn’t always include tooth-decaying bribes. 🙂 [Read more…]

Kristus Ratliff: Mrs. Maryland Plus America 2014

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I had the pleasure of photographing my friend and Mrs. Maryland Plus America 2014 recently and these were some of my favorite pics! Kristus competes for the title of Mrs. America Plus 2014 this summer. I think she has exactly what it takes to go all the way. Go Kristus!! You can check out her website at www.kristusratliff.com.