Take pictures of children during weddings is a crazy, exhausting and fun, experience. And it can be quite rewarding if you know how to work with them. They run, they wiggle, they explore. With all the wedding excitement all around them, they are most likely too excited to sit still for photographs. What you need to remember is that the images at a wedding party are meant to immortalize memories; therefore it is necessary for it to be a sweet one. So how do the experts get toddlers and babies to sit still long enough to get such beautiful pictures of them?
Here are several tips from professional photographers on how to get kids to sit still and capture those perfect shots at a wedding party:
Marina G, a Brisbane wedding & commercial photographer says a bride shouldn’t worry about kids misbehaving on the wedding day especially if you have hired the right professional photographer who will know how to handle kids to ensure they get the best shot. Trust your photographer and relax.
Owner/Principal Photographer at Leoni Bolt Photography, Leoni Heaslip believes photos involving children should be fun and short, as their attention spans will not last long.
Couple’s Choice award-winning photographer, Vail Fucci always brings peanut-free to give to children in the wedding party and suggests getting a shot of the wedding party without the children and also with the children. She also suggests to have a shot of just the bride and groom with the children as this puts less stress on the kids making them unlikely to act out plus you should remember to keep looking at the photographer, not the kids.
Ben, a leading Brisbane Wedding Photographer, believes children do not care too much for the formal photos, so don’t expect them to be excited about the photos. He would typically get a bridal party photo at the church with the kids included and then leave them with family while they do the bridal party location shoot.
Another Sydney Based Photographer, Glamorous Photography uses a trick to get the kid’s attention to look directly onto the camera before shooting; they also carry a whistle which sometimes works too.
Kids are particularly wriggly at the best of times, and getting kids to sit still at a wedding party can often lead to a lot of effort and frustration. Photographing kids takes a sense of humor, patience, and flexibility. There’s not a right way or a wrong way to get kids to sit still at weddings; the right way merely is whichever way we choose.