I’m not a great proponent of formal portrait for adults, let alone kids. They rarely sit still and pose how you’d like, and I find the pictures usually end up looking stilted and a bit false. I admire photographers who can get good results from the studio, but I prefer a more candid approach.
Here are a selection of pictures I’ve taken of friends’ kiddies.
[Alexander in front of a window, natural light. His mum was behind me]
It’s best to get the children in question doing something – perhaps playing with their toys or dressing up. Or, if you’re lucky, “caught in the act” of getting sticky, etc.
Of course, if the children aren’t yours, you should always get their parents’ permission before taking their picture.