As a candid children’s photographer from Pasadena, I’ve learned what I believe to be the singular most important aspect of establishing rapport with my subjects. When I know a child’s personality type, I can bring out their best qualities for that spectacular shot.

The entertaining child wants to take the camera by the horns and tell you how to do your job. He’ll suggest poses, flash the pearly whites over and over again, and bring drama to the session. A children’s photographer’s dream, right? Maybe not. Don’t forget that the parents have seen all of this before, and it’s up to you to capture something unique.

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