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Vital Signs: Working with difficult children - PPA Today

Vital Signs: Working with difficult children


Dear PPA Member,

Let's begin by saying that I was a good kid--or at least I thought I was being good. When I was five, I had long hair that my mother loved to curl, pop into pigtails or braid. I didn't care what my hair looked like, but I did want to help my mom. So, I tried to save her time the night before our portrait session.

I cut one braid off. Just one. (I would have cut both, but she walked into the room and realized that I found the scissors and would never have a career as a hairstylist.) The next day's photo session would have been a disaster if not for the photographer who kept my mom cool despite her frazzled nerves, me giggling, and my brother entertained--all while capturing images I still adore. I rocked that Florence Henderson / Mrs. Brady short hair flip.

My point? As a photographer, you will meet every kind of child--the good, the bad, and the well-intentioned. So, remember the power you can have over the little ones in your lens (and the parents who are behind you). This week's Vital Signs will help with some tips and tricks to make even the initially difficult sessions joyful.  

Christel Aprigliano
Director of Member Value & Experience

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