Holidays, school and kindergarten events, photo shoots are on the nose, and here it is — the child refuses to be photographed! What should parents do in this case? It turns out that the problem of children’s dislike for the filming process is not so rare, but it can be solved with the right approach.
Why does the child not like to be photographed?
First of all, parents should find out the reason for the refusal to be photographed. After all, it is on what served as the main factor of dislike for the process of photographing that the ways of interacting with the child depend.
Most often, children do not like to be photographed, because:
- the baby is very shy, timid, so he does not like to attract increased attention to himself, especially if not only parents are involved in the shooting, but also a huge circle of people (distant relatives, photographers, friends and acquaintances);
- the child does not like being forced to do something, and the persistent parental “Look at the camera, a bird is about to fly out!” every time it awakens negative emotions in him;
- the child is rarely photographed, so he is not used to the process of filming;
- the child does not like the atmosphere of the photo session, which is often accompanied by running around, stress, endless dressing up, being late, screaming and tension;
- the baby does not like it when his freedom is restricted (they are forced to sit still, stand in a certain position, smile when there is no desire or mood to do this);
- the child has complexes that do not allow him to enjoy the result (for example, he believes that he has big ears, too small a head or broad shoulders).
How to interact with the baby
If a child does not like to be photographed, then the first rule of moms and dads that they must remember is no violence. In no case should you put pressure on the baby and force him to stand under the camera’s sight. Such actions can undermine trust, lead to neurosis and increased anxiety.
However, some useful tricks and recommendations will help to competently interact with the child. How to involve the baby in the process of photography and awaken in him a love for photography?
one. Take pictures more often. No matter how paradoxical this advice may be, it is effective if the baby’s reluctance to act in film is associated with the rarity of photo shoots. Everyone gets scared when they find themselves in an unfamiliar environment. For a child, such a frighteningly distracting thing is the camera. But the more often you take out the camera, the faster the baby will get used to it.
2. Introduce your child to the camera. What if the kid does not like to be filmed because of the fear of an unfamiliar object? Show him that there is nothing to be afraid of. Allow me to press the buttons, rotate the lens, feel the heaviness of the technique, take my own picture. Perhaps this will awaken hidden talents in the child, or at least arouse interest in the process of creating a photo.
3. seize the moment. If the baby does not like to pose and hates when he is given instructions (“Turn around! Stand straight! Don’t grimace! Stand there! Turn your head to the right!”), do not play director. Simply seize the moment and capture natural, vibrant shots, without emaciated movements and simulated poses.
four. Don’t ask the child to smile. Which is better: a real photo without a smile or a face stretched like a mannequin? Children, like adults, experience a wide variety of emotions. And if at the time of photography the child is sad, serious, too focused, tense, offended, then there is no need to be deceived and try to show something that is not there. Allow yourself to capture the child as he is now — with all his experiences, thoughts, worries.
5. Take pictures when the baby can’t see. If the child does not like to be photographed because of the ubiquitous lens, then remember: good photographs are obtained without looking at the camera. Chad does not need to know that he is being filmed! Take pictures in such a way that he does not notice: while playing in the sandbox, decorating the New Year tree, opening gifts from Santa Claus, drawing, at any moment when the child is passionate.
6. Engage your baby. You can do this in different ways: in a game format (“Let’s take a picture first, and then you?”), Using printed photos of mom, dad or sister in a beautiful frame (if the baby likes it, he will start to wake up with the thought that he wants the same picture).
7. Negotiate. Do you want to have a photo session in a certain style? Talk to your child and promise him a surprise, bonus, or gift for good behavior.
It is important to remember that photography should be comfortable for everyone. Therefore, do not be upset if something does not work out or gets out of control.
Do not scold a child who does not want to be photographed. Of course, it is very nice to have bright and spectacular pictures, but a photo is just a photo. The key to success is the creation of an environment that causes only positive emotions and impressions in the child.