Last week, I had the chance to photograph a child for her acting portfolio. I’ve not photographed her before, and had met her prior for about three times. She’s one of the most energetic, vibrant, and expressive children I have ever photographed. The session occurred later then I normally work, and I’m quite sure both the child and myself were tired from the day’s prior activities. After getting comfortable with a few rounds of shots, we both started to have fun with it. She needed some photos which were able to showcase a range of expressions, and teasing them out takes a good deal of letting go and just being silly. I found myself often just aiming the camera somewhere in the general direction of her face while I was talking to her. Here’s some of the expressions I was able to capture:
Of course we managed to get the more traditional posed shots and had some fun with those, “glamouring” a photo and being more relaxed as the next two pictures show:
Below the Glamour shot:
In the end of a shoot that took about an hour and a half, we came up with over thirty images that the mother wanted. One image stands out as the goal I aim for every child session: If you’re this happy, then you are doing it right!