A Blog With Pictures of Crying & Pouting Kids

When I started to look at getting into photography everything I read said to stay as far away from child photography as possible. All these articles said you had to chase them, bribe them, put up with their crying, get dirty from getting down on their level, etc. It turns out that those are the very reasons why I love to take pictures of children. I love their individuality, sense of independence, and fearlessness. Personally, I like bribing kids. Guaranteed they’re going to like me with bribes! HA! When I first started I was afraid kids wouldn’t like me since I’m not a Mom. It turns out this is why they like me! 😉 Nothing melts my heart like my clients’ children whispering their sweet secrets to me or slipping their hand into mine so we can walk together. I just can’t explain how much I love every single child I have photographed. But the fact of the matter is they CAN be challenging. They do cry and throw fits because that’s what kids do. I don’t look at this as something negative. I look at it as a unique opportunity to capture them in their true element…being a kid! Some of my favorite images of mine are kids pouting; because let’s face it, that’s a bit more realistic than a huge cheesy smile (although we always get tons of those!).

So when you have a kid that’s not ‘feeling’ their photo shoot take a step back and let them cool down. Kids are extremely resilient and will likely bounce right back. Some parents (especially my repeat clients) just let me handle the situation. I normally sit down with them and let them look at the pictures we’ve taken, play with my camera, or just talk nonsense with them and let them know I’m on their side. I always recommend parents bring snacks and toys for bribery if needed. I am not above a good bribe so long as it’s parent-approved.

Here are some of my all-time favorite kids giving me some adorable sass 🙂
{You will also be able to CLEARLY tell which images were taken a few years ago! HA! No shame in my game!}
gorgeous little girl poutinglittle girl giving sass to the camerayoung boy frowningtoddler pouting in peddle carbaby girl poutingsilly kids making faces

Stephanie Lee - June 29, 2012 - 3:14 PM

You are so right……Kids are just so much fun to photograph! I love pouting lips or just the looks they give when their not into the shoot…….it makes for fun photo’s….yes the “pose” pictures are great but the “moody” ones are so real.
Love your work……I look forward to seeing your sneek peeks on FB.

Stephanie Lee Photography

Frances+Olive | Tulsa Sibling Photographer

These are my 2 little cousins that travelled all the way to Tulsa, Oklahoma from up state New York. Frances (who dubbed herself “Free Free” at a young age) is the BEST older sister! Miss Olive was super excited for her “princess pictures”. These little girls’ beauty absolutely radiates through them. No lie.

Julie B - June 19, 2012 - 11:09 AM

I love that field. Those girls are beautiful!!!!!

Parker | Tulsa Child Photographer

I make no apologies for how many images you are about to see. This kid is TOO MUCH. His cuteness knows no boundaries! His parents, who are equally swoon-worthy, brought TONS of props. I can take no credit for the amazing creativity that they brought to this session. Clients beware: they just raised the bar.
Meet Parker. The little boy who is guaranteed to steal your heart.

why does size matter?

I mean really. Since when does the number of Facebook fans we have on our business pages validate our talent? I get countless emails asking me “how did you get so many fans?!”. I see photographers every.single.day posting how sad they are that they just lost ONE fan. It makes me so sad! How much of your time is spent looking at that ridiculous number?? Probably much more than you’re willing to admit 🙂 If you own a boutique or sell items I can absolutely see why that number matters; those are potential customers! But for photographers why do you desperately want so many fans? When did that become so important? Personally, I have over 10,000 fans. Not going to lie, it makes me feel like the cool kid I always wanted to be when growing up! But what advantages does my business get having 10,400+ fans? In reality…not much. Of all those amazing people that choose to follow my page hardly 1,500 are local.

Do I feel SO humbled that people in Australia, Germany, Italy, Canada, the UK, etc follow my page? You bet I do!!!! But at the end of the day I focus on my clients. I focus on my potential clients and as awesome as my over-seas fans are I doubt they will be booking a family shoot with me anytime soon 😉 So if you are a photographer please stop looking at that silly number and letting it get you down. It has nothing to do with how amazing you are. It has little to do with how many sessions you book. It has NOTHING to do with how happy your clients are. All of that is what matters the most and all of that can only come from YOU. So stop doubting yourself. Stop thinking that number has anything to do with your talent because it doesn’t. Focus on your business and your clients. Because really, what else matters?