Shy child?? No problem!!
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Wednesday, January 03, 2018
By Shannon Rutherford

Danville, CA Family Photography

I think that most parents think that a "shy" child is more difficult to photograph.  I even had a mother tell me recently that her little girl is so shy that she didn't think a session would be worthwhile!  Au contraire, friends!!  First of all, I would never recommend holding off documenting your children in beautiful photographs because they are going through a shy phase (or any other phase for that matter!).  We want to capture them as authentically as possible, after all!!  That phase may not last forever but you will want to remember it all; the good, the bad, and the ugly, so to say!  Your children are beautiful just as they are.  

I LOVE children.  I love to get down on their level and have some fun.  I am not intimidated by a child who is a little camera shy.  I have four kiddos myself and I have photographed them in every which way possible.  Some of my very favorite photos of my own children and of my clients are those in which the subject is NOT looking directly at the camera.  I enjoy capturing the little things about children that make them so beautiful and unique.  

A lot of times, a child who isn't ready to ham it up for me ends up being the subject of some extraordinarily beautiful portraits.  When they won't look at the camera, it allows me to capture them in a candid sense, documenting their true personality.  These candid images are actually my favorites and the ones that will likely make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside when you look at them long after your little ones have outgrown their childhood phases.  

As your session approaches, here are some helpful hints to make things easier on you and your child:

  • Talk excitedly about the upcoming session!  We'll have so much fun! 
  • Please don't put any pressure on your little one to "perform" a certain way.  I want your child to feel at ease, not stressed.
  • Make sure your child is well rested and has a full belly.  If all her needs are met, she is more likely to feel comfortable with me and my camera.
  • Lastly, take care of yourself to take as much stress out of the process as possible.  Plan ahead (lay out outfits in advance, map a route to the location the night before, pack snacks for you and your kiddos, pack backup clothes just in case), eat a healthy meal/snack before your session, stay hydrated, and breathe!  Let me handle the rest!

So have no fear if your little one is hating the camera lately!  There is no reason to hold off until they outgrow that tendency. I hope this post will help someone to feel less apprehensive about having their child photographed.  Bring on the challenge and you won't be disappointed!

Much love,

Shannon

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