Kids photo shoot for Arbeitskreis richtiges Spielzeug
Photos of children are the cream of the crop in people photography. This is particularly so when working with children who have no modeling experience, just as we did for this assignment. The top priority for our client, Arbeitskreis richtiges Spielzeug, was that the pictures showed children playing in a natural, pure way. Amateur models with little experience in front of cameras offered the level of naturalness our clients had requested.
Casting kids in private networks
This is why we decided to cast the models for the magazine’s editorial content ourselves. Our staff members approached parents in their respective private networks, convinced them of the project’s merit, answered questions, and prepared contracts. This allowed us to recruit a number of kids with strong characters who did not have to pretend to act natural.
Location wanted: a tree house on a pirate’s island
In addition to casting the children, our client requested that we take the pictures at genuine locations where children actually play, laugh, and dream – no catalog looks, simply real life. To honor this request we went looking for locations and ultimately took photos inside and outside private homes of friends of our staff members.
Fun and adventure, session after session
Jeannette Brugger, our children and adult photographer, captured images of the children in several sessions. They were very dedicated, acted naturally without any trained poses and obviously enjoyed themselves immensely. The children even tolerated being styled with powder puffs and concealer without complaining. The resulting high-quality photographs were well worth the effort!