Exciting world of young child photography
Certified Trainer, Photographer (Current Employee) – Fort Wayne, IN – May 21, 2017
I generally wake up by 5:30 am during the week. I drive to my Day Care Center or School. I set up my equipment and begin photographing children within an hour of arrival. While the set up procedure is basically the same everywhere I go, the kids are different in each environment which provides endless variety! You NEVER know what a child could say at any give moment. You NEVER know what they might do. Little children make me smile; I naturally gravitate toward them. I've learned to work with a lot of different types of people who are under a high level of stress normally, and even more so on Picture Day. I've learned to multi-task heavily: engaging the child, making sure the child is safe, making sure the child looks his or her absolute best, knowing my correct camera settings, knowing appropriate poses for children of different ages, knowing the technical side of the computer system I use, choosing the best images that parents are likely to purchase, moving at a quick pace, etc.
My Lead Photographer conducts weekly conference calls, sends many emails and texts, and tries to observe me in the field as often as her schedule allows (she often has to photograph as well).
The hardest part of the job is when you have a child that is upset, scared of the camera, won't let go of their parents or teacher, or refuses to take a picture. The most enjoyable part of the job is all of the different children and their heart-warming smiles!
Working with children, travel, variety, contests
Seasonal, not always full-time