Baby and family photographer in Essex, Cambridge, Hertfordshire and Suffolk

Children & Family photography in Essex – skills required for a successful photo session with the kids?

Interaction skills with little ones are as important – if not more – than your ability to take good pictures. Undeniably.

Establish a rapport with your subjects, connect with them and you’ll get genuine expressions. These will make the best portraits. Children need to feel comfortable and be entertained. Parents will relax and this will in turn bring comfort to the child.

Baby and family photographer in Essex, Cambridge, Hertfordshire and Suffolk

You can be an excellent photographer, on a technical level but do you genuinely interact with your subjects?

If there is one sure I am super confident about is my ability to interact with babies and children of all ages. I LOVE children photography and I am a mother myself but what I believe sets me apart is my ability to establish a connection with young ones in a short period of time. I adore the way little minds work. Kids are mostly crazy, happy and have a total lack of worries and responsibilities. They are fun to be around and are generally easy to suss out.

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Entertaining acts from parents during shoots are always well received but I usually let them have a break and I will happily step in the clown role.

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Older children will also connect with me rapidly. I am non pushy, smily, give them space, allow them to be themselves and I am genuinely interested in them.

Baby and family photographer in Essex, Cambridge, Hertfordshire and Suffolk

Of course my special skills are transferable and don’t apply to studio shoots alone 🙂 Outdoor shoots work great with older children although these shoots are weather dependant. Whatever the option – studio or indoors – I will make sure the session is as enjoyable as possible, that your children have fun in the process and guarantee great results providing you with a selection of images to keep forever.

All my sessions are children led so the duration will depend on your child’s happiness. It is easy to pick on when a child is not longer willing to take pictures and it is important to respect that.

Baby and family photographer in Essex, Cambridge, Hertfordshire and Suffolk

Chloe – ‘you were really fab with Billy’

Kerry – ‘Stéphanie is very good at getting and keeping the child’s attention’

Nicola – ‘Somehow you’ve captured the spirit of each of the boys in photographs, it’s amazing’

Carla – ‘James and I are just discussing how talented you are! How did you manage to get great pics from two non-complying boys!!!??’

Claire – ‘Stéphanie is a natural with kids & has a lovely way of talking to toddlers so our daughter loved her straight away and was really enjoying the shoot too’

Trisha – ‘Stéphanie was amazing with our 3yr old and was so patient and really did help to bring out some beautiful smiles from the whole family’

Natalie – ‘Grace hates having a picture taken but within minutes Stéphanie had Grace posing. She really knows how to work with a three year old’

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To book a baby, children or family session contact Stéphanie on 07854 815 859 or email at info@fairweatherphotography.co.uk

Stéphanie Fairweather

Modern and relaxed children and family photographer based in Essex