Photographing Preschoolers

March 12, 2010

Preschoolers are some of the more interesting subjects when it comes to photographing children. They are discovering the world around them, and they can find a squiggly, dirty worm every bit as interesting as a brand new slide and swing set. The simplest things which adults ignore become fascinating and they want to share them with us.

They can communicate with us, act silly, talk constantly and are very playful, all of which provide so many opportunities for interesting photographs that our heads may swim. They are fun to be with, engaging and generally very interesting to talk with.

Photographing Preschoolers

Photographing Preschoolers

Between the ages of 3 to 5 or so they still have that innocence, trust and chubby cheeks of a baby, but they will co-operate enough to get them to sit still or pose for you for a few minutes. They are curious about everything, and it is fairly easy to get great looks when you ask them to focus on something like listening to a bird chirping or other noises just out of visual range.

As you can see in the photo on the right preschoolers have the ability to focus their attention on a task like coloring or drawing on a piece of paper, and the intense concentration as they try to make their little hands do what they want can be precious.

Most of them have a favorite stuffed animal they tote around everywhere, and can be talked into holding a doll, teddy bear or small pet creating some interesting looks as they interact with them. Find a book they love, watch them as they look through the pictures, and photograph them as they discover something new or interesting in it.

At this age they will let you choose their clothes, and you can color co-ordinate their outfits and have them wear the cutest clothes. Catch them when they are fresh from a bath, without colds and having slept well, and you have a terrific chance to create a wonderful photograph you will treasure forever.

Remember, keep taking lots and lots of photographs of your kids. You will be glad you did!

Betty Muscott, Child Photographer

Betty Muscott, Child Photographer

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