Lately I’ve found myself trying to build my family portraiture portfolio. This is a learning experience because there is so much to consider. I’ve been building my infant and child portfolios, too, and they have similar challenges. When young children are involved a photographer needs to keep in mind that it by necessity needs to be a short shoot. Get in the beginning the shots you really want because that is usually the best chance you have, then you can try to fill in a few others if the child/infant is up to it. As a pediatric nurse I know what to expect from most kids, but each child is an individual and one is never totally in the know. Some kids work better when Mom and Dad are present, others are better behaved when they are no where in site. Sometimes the parents think they are helping by adding comments and such, but sometimes they just distract. This can be said for any extra person in the studio…if that is where you are shooting. Being outside has it’s own challenges…and add in pets…and one could easily throw ones hands in the air and say ENOUGH, but I love the challenges that each of these things have brought.
Through these shoots I’ve dealt with an healthy infant, one who had shoots earlier in the day, and one who had a stomach flu. Sometimes we get thrown curve balls, but good results can still be had!!