Kids photoshoot ideas: A photographer's guide

Discover how to plan and capture beautiful photos of children and get ideas for your next photoshoot.

“Every happy memory created for a child is another treasure of a lifetime.”- Donna Marie

Children's photoshoots can be both challenging and rewarding. They may not have the patience or interest for longer sessions, depending on their ages and personalities. That's why having a game plan will help you get all the shots you need.

Planning your photoshoot

It's important to make your photoshoots with kids playful and fun. Unless you know the children in advance, you should discuss photo and pose ideas with the parents beforehand. You can let the children choose the location and props to help them feel more comfortable and involved in the photoshoot.

Time it right

Although most photographers like to shoot during the last hour of the day for the best light, this time is not always convenient for children's meals and bedtimes. As a substitute, consider the early morning golden hour or shoot when the light is still soft and diffused before the sun gets too high.

Capturing kids at their best

When photographing kids, try these photoshoot ideas

Be creative in your photography

Once you’ve finished your shoot, bring your photos to life with some creative photo editing software, like Lightroom and Photoshop. Edit photographs, apply presets, add creative elements and share them from anywhere.