It often seems like it doesn’t matter how cute and adorable kids can be, one true fact always seems to remain. Kids do not like cameras! I try to think about this from their point of view. This about being a very small human. Your parents disrupted your schedule, put you in funny clothes that you can’t get dirty, and drop you off in front of someone else. Now this person is holding a large black box and towering over you while pointing this black thing at your face!
It’s no wonder they seem to want to squirm away and cry! Fortunately after years of photographing many different kids there are a few things that you, as a photographer, can do to ease the tension. Remember, the tension isn’t just coming from the kids! The adults are stressed because things aren’t going the way they planned, their kid won’t stop crying, and possibly the other child is off getting dirty and playing in the stream nearby!