Children’s Commercial Photography
Commercial photography is so different from portraiture. But, because I’m good at working with kids (hello four years as a first grade teacher) they tend to run into the same vein.
Some of the differences I notice is that portrait work tends to focus on the connection between two people. Sometimes it’s a mother and newborn, other times it’s a brother and sister. The connection trumps everything else in the photo.
With commercial work, you want to convey a feeling. But you’re also focused on showing the clothing. Each photo should show movement in a way that makes the clothes appealing.
When I’m working outside for a commercial job, I can use natural or elements of architecture to add movement to the photo. When I’m in the studio on a white backdrop, I have to rely on the child. I’ll give direction and have them do a movement several times over to make sure I’m getting the expressions AND the flow of clothing I’m looking for.
*Images for Little Skye Kids