Moses Farrow Photography Blogs

Moses writes about his experiences as a photographer.  He invites you to join him on his photographic journey as he shares insights and lessons he's learned along the way.

Creating the moments worth capturing - Child Portraits

Photographing children is about energy, activity and capturing who they are.  It also helps to have a fast lens and your camera set to burst mode.  In this blog post, I would like to share a couple stories and offer a few tips to help make the photoshoot an enjoyable, comfortable and memorable experience.

Every photoshoot is like an empty canvas waiting to be brought to life.  When I arrive on location, I never know what I'll find.  Together with the family, I create the moments worth capturing.  It helps to take some time to engage and create a positive rapport with everyone involved.  

While I tend to be more of an observer allowing the scenes before me to unfold, there are children who allow me to offer a bit more direction.  Whatever the approach, the goal is always the same - to capture natural and authentic expressions.  At the end, I enjoy reviewing the images with the family, both ensuring their satisfaction as well as giving them something to look forward to.   

When it comes to children, it's all about keeping them happy and having fun...well, as best as possible.  This means keeping the energy up and the transitions quick.  It was beautiful to witness the love between this mother and her daughter (in the photo above).  Between the laughter and giggles, I was there to capture this moment of pure bliss.

When it comes to unexpected surprises, like getting a ball stuck in a tree and having to pull out the ladder, it's all about instant inspiration.  The unexpected can lead to new (and often original ideas).  The boy in this photo said at first he thought this would be another boring time taking photos, but actually had a lot of fun.  Sometimes, we can still surprise them, and I'm always finding that every moment is memorable.