Children Photographers: Embracing Kids for Who They Are

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Most people have a left brain and a right brain. I have a children’s brain and an adult’s brain. Being one of the children photographers in Los Angeles and working with kids, I have learned to play in my brain.

When I am in adult mode my brain is in command, frustrated at anything not moving fast enough, and insisting that things have to be a certain way in order to be right.

When I am in child mode I laugh. I make fun of everything and I dance or jump. I enjoy my kids in child mode- – I soak them up, embrace them and let them take me down the path of their love of life. They teach me so much.

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And so when I see a child in my photography studio get that look in their eye and that jiggle in their legs, I know that I have to change modes. And that’s when they show me. That’s when they reveal where they are. And I join them.

Boys will be boys and girls will be girls. With boys it’s usually a wild thing like jumping off a chair. And often with girls it’s the mastery of dancing and twirling. Most times they will do what they will do.

You have to be ready to perceive it, embrace it, and not prevent that moment. Most parents will say, “No, no, don’t do that,” to their children in my children’s portrait studio. But that’s when I say to the adults, “No, no, don’t hold your child back.”

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Written by Linnea Lenkus

Linnea Lenkus

Linnea Lenkus has been a photographer for over 20 years. She specializes in studio photography in Southern California, having a portrait studio in Long Beach that is equidistant to Orange County and Los Angeles County. She is well known for her finer lighting techniques, the authentic feeling of her poses and for exceptional maternity, baby and family portrait photography.