There’s an old adage about never working with children or animals. But children and animals are at the very centre of our portrait work, so that adage can’t apply here.
To be honest there are occasions when things don’t go according to plan. Or to be more accurate – sessions do go pear-shaped.
One client recently captured a classic moment in the camera room and I’m showing it to you here along with my photograph of the same family with their pet – who also decided to lie down on the job!
The real work of capturing small children at their best involves managing these situations and coming through them with a smiling & happy child.
Sometimes a child can be feeling unwell, sometimes they can be tired (so picking the right time of day for young children is really important) and sometimes we are being treated to a performance.
The skill is to know which scenario we are dealing with. Then we work with the child & their family and manage the child back into the picture or else to defer the session and try again another day. The latter is thankfully a very rare situation.
The years of experience we have helps us take a child from melt-down to portrait magic. The melt-downs are usually just storms in a teacup which can be diffused very easily with a bucketload of patience.
The little girl on the floor in this picture was sitting up with her sisters within the following few minutes and we have beautiful, happy images for the family.
How did we do it? Well, that is one of the secrets of our success.
Children? Animals? All in a day’s work.