Dads have such a great bond with their kids. It changes a guy when he becomes a dad. And I love capturing that connection. I used to be intimidated when photographing guys. It’s weird, I know. But, I just felt the sense that sometimes they weren’t pumped about being in front of the camera. But, let’s face it, most people aren’t extremely comfortable in front of the camera.
Instead of letting the situation turn awkward, the first thing I do is acknowledge the feeling and move on. I might say something like, I bet this isn’t on the top of your list of ‘things to do on a Saturday afternoon.’ It gets a laugh and then they know I don’t expect them to be a model. Just relax and have fun.
I also constantly keep the focus on the kids. Instead of trying to pose someone, I’ll help create a moment. Asking what they do at home when they are just goofing around usually results in throwing the baby or kid up in the air! Sometimes I’ll tell the kids that when I count to 3 their dad is going to tickle them. And if it’s more of a serious child or an older child I will just tell the child to be sweet with their dad or to cuddle with their dad.
Thanks for letting me share how I photograph dads and hope it helps if you are sometimes intimidated like me!