The Magic of Childhood: Dress Up and Lovies in the Park
I absolutely adore this session for a variety of reasons. There is something a little magical about just capturing children at play, which is something I really love to do at every photo shoot I go into with little kids. Because, let’s be honest, children (especially very young children) have a very short attention span, which is why play time is so very important.
Typically I get about 20 minutes with a child in the beginning of a session where they are eager to sit still and pose for me in front of the camera. In the beginning it’s all new and fun and sometimes they’re eager to show off a little and show me how cute they are. I try to mix things up a little by not staying in one spot for too long, especially at a park, where we’re more free to roam. In the studio it can be a little different as we’re mostly confined to one spot, however, I do try to mix it up as much as possible there, too.
So, after 20 minutes of cute smiles and poses, they lose interest. Sitting, posing and smiling is no longer fun, no longer new and now they’re done with you (with me, as their photographer). They’re ready to leave, ready to move on to something that’s new and fun again. They need a little free time to just play and be themselves for a while. I mean, after all, kids are just little balls of energy waiting to explode at any moment, right?
Enter: the fountain. At this particular location, the fountain is where I the bring kids towards the end of any session as a special little treat. That is, as long as it’s alright with mom and dad with the full understanding their kids will not leave the park dry. Bringing an extra change of clothes and even a towel is high recommended. 🙂
But trust me, your kids will love it, they will have fun and it will renew their interest in having their photos taken again. The photos I take of them being silly, goofy and playful will make for some very special memories for everyone. Photos you will treasure forever. That’s what it’s all about right? Making memories and freezing them in time to always look back on and say “remember that time, at that photo shoot, when you played at the fountain in the park? You were having SO much fun.”
I’m so glad I was able to capture these moments for these kids. I simply adore them.
Alicea is a Professional Photographer specializing in newborn, baby and maternity portraiture out of Minneapolis, MN. She lives in Maple Grove with her husband, son and rescue pup, Masha. Her hobbies include reading, photography, gardening, trivia games and on occasion jamming to 90’s rock and hip-hop; mostly while cleaning the house.