Photographing Playful Children

 
Children are always the most comfortable when they are in their own environment. This is also a place where they will be themselves. Photograph/Dibyendu Dey Choudhury

Children are always the most comfortable when they are in their own environment. This is also a place where they will be themselves. Photograph/Dibyendu Dey Choudhury

Turn into a Child
Children are quick to notice and will be the first ones to see you photographing them with your bulky DSLR. Don’t be secretive and appear like a stranger or even worse, a stalker. Approach them with a smile and engage yourself in their little games. This will help them open up to you and be more receptive to your picture-making process.

Take Permission First
When you are approaching children, avoid giving them toffees or gifts. If the parents are around, they might find this gesture suspicious. Instead, approach the parents and seek their permission. This might make them less wary and more accepting of you.

Sometimes children find the most amusing companions to play with. Don’t miss out on photographing such moments. Photograph/Sutirtha Chatterjee

Sometimes children find the most amusing companions to play with. Don’t miss out on photographing such moments. Photograph/Sutirtha Chatterjee

Always Be on Your Toes
Children are very unpredictable. Even before you realise it, they may sprint off to another spot. Learn to anticipate their actions. For instance, during a game of football, when you see that one of the players is approaching the goal post, switch to the Burst Mode on your camera and shoot away.

Remember to Be Respectful
If you want to be respected, you have to earn it first. Don’t force your authority over children because this can put them off easily. Be a friend to them and talk to them gently. You will be surprised at how approachable children are when they realise that you can be their friend.

This article originally appeared in the July 2016 issue of Better Photography.

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