I would like to tell you the story of how I like to take portraits. To get relaxed portraits, I think that it starts with literally just having fun. When you are in for pictures lets just hang out for a bit and let the little ones explore their environment. You will begin to see in their body language when they are ready to venture out a bit. Some children are ready right away but then others will take a little time and stay close to their parents. I really do encourage that you bring an item that they love with them as it is a source of comfort. Sometimes singing or bringing a book occupies them and they relax.
This is when you can begin to do the work and get many expressions. I just want you to hang out and enjoy your time together. I love big smiles and soulful looks where the child just looks into the camera. A beautiful classic relaxed portrait is where it is at.
I shared my story of taking relaxed portraits and I hope you will join Beth as she has a share for you this month. Once a month I join other photographers to share our journey.