How to Photograph Fussy Kids at Your Kindergarten

Posted on: 13 May 2019

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Unless you have some professional photography training or experience, even getting the perfect snap of something as simple and immobile as a flower can be difficult. So when it comes to photographing the fussier kids in your kindergarten, the task can feel impossible. Whether you have a child who throws a tantrum just as photo time starts or a shy little one who adamantly says no to the camera, here are three tips to try.

Turn It into a Lesson

As a kindergarten worker, you likely spend most of your day answering the questions of inquisitive young children and explaining the world around them. While photo day may not be part of the curriculum, educating the children about the photography process will encourage them to stay calm and cooperative when it's their turn in front of the camera.

As part of your kindergarten photography lesson, explain a bit about what happens during photoshoots, the right way to behave, and why they shouldn't be worried. You could also include roleplay activities that put the children in the photographer's position. This way, they'll be less fearful or antsy when you take on the role of photographer.

Use a Distraction

Once a child gets particularly wound up about having their photo taken, it can be hard to bring them back to baseline with words alone. That's why props can be a huge help in kindergarten photoshoots. Props and décor items distract young children, pulling them out of their fuss and drawing their attention to something more positive.

Using props that the children can really engage with—for example, funny glasses or little toys—can also help you capture more candid photos with big, genuine smiles.

Let Them Take Control

As a professional with young children, it's your job to keep control of the children you look after at all times for the sake of their safety and well-being. However, there's no harm in letting children have a little control when it comes to taking photos. In fact, this is a great way of turning a fussy child's frown upside down.

Of course, you shouldn't let a child call all the shots. You should, however, give them choices where it's possible. Some options include letting them pick their own poses, giving them a range of props they can choose from and letting them see the photos if the camera allows for it. Even the youngest children like to feel respected and included, so involving them in the process can help prevent a lot of tantrums.

If you still struggling to get great pictures of the fussy kids (or any kids) in your childcare centre, consider booking a shoot with a professional kindy photographer.