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Tips for Photographing Kids and Teens

At Kate Buckles Photography, we know that photographing kids and teens can be both fun and challenging. Here are some tips to help ensure your photo session is a success, capturing those delicate moments, joy, and laughter.


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1. Let Them Be Themselves

The best photos often come when kids and teens are just being themselves. Encourage them to play, laugh, and be natural. This helps capture their true personalities and results in authentic, joyful images.

2. Plan Ahead

Before the session, talk with your kids and teens about what to expect. Let them know it’s going to be a fun experience. Discuss outfit choices and any props they might want to bring. Being prepared can help reduce any anxiety they may have.

3. Keep it Short and Sweet

Kids and teens can have shorter attention spans, so keep the session relatively short. Aim for about an hour or less, ensuring they stay engaged and excited throughout the shoot.

4. Bring Snacks and Breaks

Having some snacks and drinks on hand can be a lifesaver. Quick breaks for a snack or drink can help keep energy levels up and spirits high. Just make sure any snacks are mess-free to avoid any potential stains on outfits.

5. Choose the Right Time

Timing is key. For younger kids, try to schedule the session around their nap times to ensure they’re well-rested and happy. For teens, consider their daily routines and choose a time when they’re likely to be most relaxed and cooperative.

6. Use Props and Activities

Incorporating props and activities that your kids or teens love can make the session more fun and engaging. Whether it’s a favorite toy, sports equipment, or musical instrument, these elements can help them feel more comfortable and bring out their personalities.

7. Be Patient and Flexible

Kids and teens can be unpredictable, so it’s important to stay patient and flexible. Go with the flow and be ready to capture those spontaneous moments of joy and laughter. Sometimes the unplanned shots turn out to be the best ones.

8. Make it a Game

Turn the photo session into a game or adventure. This can help keep kids engaged and entertained. Simple games like Simon Says or a treasure hunt can make the experience enjoyable and memorable.

9. Compliment and Encourage

Positive reinforcement goes a long way. Compliment them on how great they look and how well they’re doing. Encouragement can boost their confidence and help them relax in front of the camera.

10. Capture the Candid Moments

While posed shots are great, don’t forget to capture the candid moments. These are often the most genuine and heartwarming photos. The unguarded smiles, the shared jokes, and the little interactions make for truly special images.


At Kate Buckles Photography, we love working with kids and teens to capture those delicate moments, joy, and laughter. Ready to book your session? Contact us HERE and let’s create some beautiful memories together!

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