The Observer. The observant child will watch closely, take in his or her surroundings, and may be hypersensitive to uncomfortable clothing and poses. He or she will also display expressions that seem to show a number of emotions all at once. This type of child will respond well to your attention and plenty of forewarning about what’s coming next. Abrupt interruptions of activities will annoy or alienate this child.

The Sick One. When you invite a sick child into your studio, you risk poor photogenic expression, as well as the spread of illness. A children’s photographer can shoot a sick child and be satisfied with the results, but that child’s parent will always view that photo as a “sick photo.” A parent can read deeply into a child’s expression.

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