Capturing families of young children at the park is honestly one of the biggest challenges and most fun parts of being a photographer. Sometimes you only get one shot to get it right before a kid looses interest or takes off running in another direction. You've got be quick on your feet, flexible (literally and metaphorically), and get on their level. Frankly, I love it. I say, if the only way a kid wants to be apart of the family photo is if you let them be an animal--I'll rawr right back and pretend to be part of a nature documentary. It's a great reminder to the adults that photoshoots in 2022 don't need to be formal portraits that you have to be bribed to sit still for 20 minutes to get taken--they can be action shots, they can be spontaneous and candid, they don't have to be "perfect"--in fact, I think I family photo that shoes each members real personality shinning through is a much more valuable keepsake of this once in a lifetime moment in time of your family, than a stiff and mandatory grin.
My motto is "Keep it fun!" If a kid is curious about the camera, I don't mind spending a few minutes showing them how out it works and letting them try to take a picture of their family member or suggest shot ideas. I think photoshoots are most fun when everyone's input is valued, and everyone can create and play together.
Looking for a family photographer of kids portraits that really show off their real personalities and a photo session that doesn't feel like pulling teeth? Shoot me a message and let's talk!
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I'm Andie Bottrell, a multidisciplinary creative based in Springfield, MO. This blog is designed to give you an inside peak into the process behind my projects and to share my work.