Father’s Day is just around the corner and now is the time to think about Â photo sessions. Â If you’re stuck on ideas on how to photograph dads, here’s a hint : Let them play with their kids! Â Adoramapix Member, Â Natascha Lee ofÂ Natascha Lee StudiosÂ (Baby and Family Photography in Broomfield, Colorado), Â creates vibrant, natural images of families having fun, especially her photos ofÂ Fathers playing with their children. So in honor of Fatherâ€™s Day (June 16th), Â Natascha Â shares her top 5 tips for photographing Dads.
Recognize that Dad may being coming along at Mommyâ€™s request and might not be all that enthused about having photos taken. So itâ€™s important to honor his starting frame of mind, which might be, â€śLetâ€™s get this over with.â€ť By the end of the session, my Dads are amazed at how much fun they had!
Things may have been stressful at home, getting both parents and all kids ready for the photo shoot. So be friendly and upbeat but relaxed; make sure you donâ€™t â€śbark out ordersâ€ť or give too many directions, instructions or requirements.
Approach family sessions with the intention to include Dad + Kid photos. If your mission in similar to mine (to provide priceless family memories in a highly artistic fashion), then capturing the relationship between Daddy + Kids is a crucial part of providing that service. I also always photograph just Mommy + Daddy (or Mommy + Mommy, or Daddy + Daddy), for the same reason: to honor and celebrate their relationship as adults, as well as parents.
4) Set it Up
I now offer headshots to parents during my family sessions. It provides a great looking photo to use on LinkedIn and enables me to set up my Daddy + Kids opportunity. First I photograph Daddy alone. Then, when it’s Mommy’s turn, I ask Daddy to please take the kids â€śover thereâ€ť (someplace with a great background) and “just play with them.” When Iâ€™m done shooting Mommyâ€™s headshot, Daddy is inevitably playing adorably with the kids.
5) Shoot It!
First Iâ€™ll observe and take candid photos of them playing together. Then Iâ€™ll start to ask for some/all to look in my direction. I donâ€™t want to interfere too much, just to capture the natural love and energy they have together.
When I edit for the final gallery, having photos of Daddy with the kids makes for a much fuller (and harder to resist) gallery to present to your clients. It also creates two parents who are jointly AND individually thrilled with the experience and the images.