Photographing Children
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Photographing Children

Children's Photography Means Getting the Most out of Children Expressions
4.5 (1 rating)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
10 students enrolled
Last updated 3/2016
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  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You will learn techniques to get cooperation from difficult children as well as the very shy.
  • You will take amazing pictures of children of all ages.
  • You will have the confidence to take single as well as groups of children.
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  • Students should have a strong command of the principles of photography.
  • You should have a decent camera and flash.
  • You need to be willing to develop the patience to work with children.

This course will show you how to take amazing photographs of children. You will learn the technical, psychological and business aspects of children's photography. There are 26 video lessons totaling over 4.5 hours of instruction. The course will take you through different steps of taking pictures of individual cooperative children to groups with some high energy as well as extremely shy children. No stage models here. Real children in real photographic situations. There is a 1 hour bonus lesson on the business aspect of children's photography. Take this course and gain the skills and confidence you need to take amazing pictures of children.

Photographing kids can be a challenge. Children have different personalities. By understanding the psychology of how to get the reaction you want, Manny Pontoriero's "Photographing Children" will show you what you need to get great shots and great expressions.

Who is the target audience?
  • People who want to get great expressions from children.
  • Photographers who want to have more confidence when working with children.
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Curriculum For This Course
28 Lectures
Photographing an Individual Child
12 Lectures 02:04:58

You will be introduced to 3 goals- to learn the technical aspect, psychological aspect and the business aspect of childrens photography.

Preview 04:42

Getting ready. What to do before the child arrives.

Preview 07:28

Manny takes you on location to photograph 2 year old MacKenzie. Short attention span means working fast.

MacKenzie Part 2

Manny uses different backgrounds on location to help make great photos while getting terrific expressions from MacKenzie.

MacKenzie Part 3

Make sure you choose location with optimal lighting. Use psychology to keep child's attention and get expressions.

Technical and Psychological Aspects of Children's Photography

Manny photographs Gianna in shady area at a park. Building a rapport with child is important.

Gianna Part 1

Manny works with Gianna in the studio using flash photography and props.

Gianna Part 2

Manny explains studio lighting setup before his session with Savanah where he gets a natural and pleasing holiday look.

Savanah Part 1

Manny works with Savanah with various poses and creates full shots and close ups while keeping her focused throughout the studio session.

Savanah Part 2

Manny changes the lighting and takes more photos of Savanah. We then review the best photos from the session.

Savanah Part 3

This photo shoot with Lily starts off slowly. She is very shy. With time, Manny matches her energy and get some adorable expressions.

Lilly Part 1

In part 2, Lily warms up and Manny gets some great photos. The key is patience.

Lilly Part 2
Photographing Groups of Children
5 Lectures 55:59

Working with 2 young girls that are different ages has it's challenges. Manny shows you how to get them to cooperate and get wonderful expressions.

2 Sisters Part 1

On location at the beach, Manny uses off camera flash to enhance the picture and psychology to get the 2 girls on the same energy level.

2 Sisters Part 2

2 hyper brothers can be a handful. A toddler who wanders everywhere and his older brother make the session challenging. Manny works his magic and gets great photos with split second timing.

2 Brothers

Manny gives a lecture on how to work with a group of children. In this case, 3 brothers and 1 sister are his subjects. Preparing in advance to dealing with a child that doesn't want to cooperate are all discussed.

Gang of 4 Part 1

On location, Manny shows you how to match the energy of 4 very high energy children. How to keep everyone focused and find the moment where it all comes together for a great shot.

Gang of 4 Part 2
Other Aspects of Photographing Children
11 Lectures 01:37:53

Basic equipment needed for taking great children's photographs.


Color correcting and exposure corrections.

Photo Editing Part 1

Cropping, color correction and overall image enhancements.

Photo Editing Part 2

Using the white balance tool and manually changing color tonality.

Photo Editing Part 3

The phone call.

Business and Sales Part 1

Volunteer the price.

Business and Sales Part 2

Communicating by e-mail.

Business and Sales Part 3

Studio policies.

Business and Sales Part 4

Selling the photographs.

Business and Sales Part 5

Common objections.

Business and Sales Part 6

Closing comments on sales, buying signals and taking the order.

Business and Sales Part 7
About the Instructor
Emanuele Pontoriero
4.6 Average rating
4 Reviews
34 Students
4 Courses
Photography Instructor at Udemy

Winner of The Fassbender Award, Telly Award, Communicator Award, Emanuele "Manny" Pontoriero started his career as an apprentice.

After 3 years he became a full time professional photographer

Throughout his career he has been a member of the:

Professional Photographers of New Jersey
Professional Photographers of North Eastern Pennsylvania
Professional photographers of Greater New York
Professional Photographers of America

He was Print Chairman for the Bergen, Passaic, Hudson chapter of the Professional Photographers Association of New Jersey for 3 years.

Averaging about 55 weddings a year and traveling to New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Manny has photographed over 2,000 weddings. Besides the hundreds of Christian and Jewish weddings he has photographed Italian, Greek, Croation, Cuban, Polish, Korean, Chinese, Iranian, Ethiopian and many other ethnic weddings.

Although most of the photography revolves around weddings and portraits Manny also does commercial photography. He has done photography for;

Unelever Brothers (North Bergen, N.J.)
Palisades General Hospital (North Bergen, N.J)
Prudential Securities (New York City)
Prudential Bache (United Kingdom)
Seamans (Orlando)
YKK Zippers (New Jersey)
Johnson and Whales University (Florida)
Rasmussen College (Florida)

When not taking photos he is lecturing and teaching photography. He has lectured at the Professional Photographers Assoc. of.N.J and B & H Photo Video in New York City. Has been on the Advisory Board for the Photography Dept. of St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, Florida.
He is Co-owner of Get The Picture DVDs which are the popular instructional DVDs that teach photography and are sold on Amazon.
He is a frequent guest on Studio 10, a Tampa morning TV show.

"When you love what you do you never have to worry about going to work"