Children react. They laugh and play all based on how you interact with them. As a senior portrait photographer, I don’t photograph families or children that often. However, every year during the holiday season, I take on a select number of family sessions, and this was one of them. The first few times I photographed kids, I couldn’t understand how to pose them. They’re completely different than photographing high school seniors. Most children don’t take direction well, and sometimes they can get really shy in front of the camera, so they hide. As a photographer, I don’t want to ever disrupt their inner whimsy to the point they feel like they have to “act” a certain way or be different than who they actually are. That’s not honest photography.
When I spoke to mom about her session, I told her I’d like to have an interactive type of session for her family, so as to bring out everyone’s natural smiles and reactions. The theme was “Christmas Morning in Bed.” Dad was going to bring hot chocolate and cookies for everyone. The total time it took for this particular segment of photos was around 15 minutes. We probably spent more time prepping than actually taking pictures. Like on a movie set, I set up the scene how I wanted it, cued action, and let things happen naturally. The result is a truly genuine set of photos full of sweet love between family members, and of course, the adorableness of the kiddos enjoying hot chocolate and cookies.