Allow children to have fun in their element.
It’s as simple as that. Children aren’t meant to be restricted in a studio for a lengthy period of time where they have to sit still and forcefully smile. The child and parents will become frustrated, and frustration doesn’t always provide the best photos. Studio pictures should be short and sweet if you choose to go that route, but outdoor pictures are great for learning, playing, and exploration. Let’s face it- children are the best explorers.
The Brummett family and I started taking pictures at the Grist Mill and a field in Norris. I could tell their sweet little ones wanted to play in the creek, so guess what? We played in the creek at the end of the session. Not only was it a reward for their behavior, but it was a time to capture genuine smiles and authentic happiness. Isn’t that what it’s really all about?
“Children are born naturalists. They explore the world with all of their senses, experiment in the environment, and communicate their discoveries to those around them.” Thank you, Brummetts, for encouraging your children to be the natural little explorers they’re meant to be.