I want to break the misconception that children photography has to be shot in a studio! Taking kids to where they enjoy themselves most will show in the images instead of asking them to pose whilst you seat them on a chair in front of a large (and intimidating) light set up. Let kids be kids, and capture their joy and energy!
Keeping children preoccupied with games or activities either by themselves or with their siblings or friends will ensure that you do not intimidate them with your camera, and neither will they intimidate you because all you need to do is give brief guidelines, e.g ‘Shall we go over there?’, ‘How about if you sit down on that bench?’ etc.
Keep it relaxed and informal, because as a portrait or lifestyle photographer you want to capture their personalities not fake smiles or poses! 🙂