Recently I spent the morning at a school in Massachusetts doing portraits. At first they had asked for the traditional school portraits with a backdrop, lights, the whole shebang but when I suggested we utilize the beautiful grounds around the school they agreed.
It was a fun morning and after a few came through I had it down to a science. There were 38 students in all which was a nice size. The kids were sent out in pairs which worked out well – they were less intimidated and one could make the other laugh when it was their turn. Since most of the pairs were good friends I started off each round with a nice picture of them and ended with a funny faces picture (my favorite of course).
My goal with every commission I shoot is for it not to be miserable for the kids. Most children cringe when they hear a photographer is coming – I want them to have the opposite reaction: cheer when they hear I’m coming, and beg me not to leave.
The most important thing I learned is that I need to increase my repertoire of jokes – simple ones with a good punchline (and they have to be appropriate for kids) – please leave suggestions in the comments section 🙂