"Say Cheese!!" typically results in canned, awkward, and exaggerated smiles. Instead, get reactions that look more natural and fun. Getting a clean and classy look of kids requires one to get into their world of fun and make-believe. Understanding their level of thinking and reasoning is important. For example, kids under 6 years don't think logically or abstractly and respond better to rules and concrete and short directions rather than lengthy and in-depth explanations. Follow the lead of kids as they take you on a journey into the impossible and fun! Get into their worlds by being silly, playing with them, make up running games, have them be your helper, and take movement breaks to get some natural and awesome looking shots. Oh, and be patient, have fun and go with it, which may not always involve your initial well thought out plan or typical rule structure. BTW, some of the best and cutest shots are kids looking away with their own unique expression...priceless images to be remembered and enjoyed forever!






So your child needs to share out about her or his summer vacation at school. As kids are hands-on learners and love experiencing life, a fun way to jazz up the reporting is through cool and stand-out photos. This goes for teens as well who may think the school assignment is lame. Get their ideas on what would make an interesting and fun, but appropriate, report with pictures. Below are ideas on getting good photos and making them interesting for others.


Get Good Photos

Many personal photos are taken in harsh outdoor light or taken too far away from the person. So, first, take or use existing pictures of your child in a less lit area with the flash on your mobile or actual camera. This way, you won't get harsh shadows on the face and can actually see the person! Even without flash, some of the best looking photos are taken in places with soft light like cloudy days, under trees, sun behind the person, under overhangs.


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Make Photos Interesting For Others

What may look cool to us, may not look cool to others. Make the photo pop. Look for something interesting outdoors and place the child strategically. For example, have your child stand on the left side of a waterfall instead of in front. Have the child run away from parent instead of the traditional line up looking into the camera. Get a close shot of the child.


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Have your child jump, run, get in a tree, dump water over themselves, make silly faces, strike a serious attitude look, etc.! Or pick the best of the photos you already have.


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Updated: Aug 3



In this age of social media, people develop visual impressions very quickly. You can direct that impression by how you present yourself. To this end, strategically deciding on the kind of headshot you choose can significantly help your success.


Owning a camera and a flash is not enough. The strategic and artistic creation of developing the impression you want to communicate is critical. The look and feel will depend on whether it's meant to be casual, formal, entertainment-related, career, corporate, etc. Careful lighting, clothing decisions, expressions, positioning, and backgrounds will depend on your specific goal.

Be You. Be like your headshot. If the real You looks very different from, or not at all like, the image in your headshot, people will likely become confused and possibly mistrust you. Additionally, how will you set yourself apart from all the other headshots out there? More articles to come on different industry/headshot approaches and prep for both adults and children!


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