Photographing Children, with Jack Reznicki

Join Jack for some great instruction and tips for photographing children.

Capturing the personality of a child in a photo is challenging. A photographer has a limited amount of time to find what it is about that child that will make a great photo. Some kids are shy and some are outgoing. The trick is to take what they offer and be ready for the unexpected. Photographer Jack Reznicki goes through a series of portrait sessions with children, ranging in age from infant to toddler, to preteen. Jack’s rules for children are simple: The first rule is to have fun. The second rule is to be flexible. The third rule is to throw out all the rules. Join Jack for some great instruction and tips for photographing children.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 06:20)

Jack talks about the challenges of photographing kids and talks about a few of the methods he uses.

Lesson 2: Baby Wrangler (Duration 09:10)

A photographer has to have an assistant there just to keep the attention of the children.

Lesson 3: Second Baby Shoot (Duration 03:06)

A second baby comes on set and Jack works behind the camera to get some shots.

Lesson 4: Third Baby (Duration 03:43)

Jack and his assistant work to get smiling shots of a third infant.

Lesson 5: Serious Toddler (Duration 04:55)

Jack has to take what the subject gives him in this example.

Lesson 6: Patience (Duration 06:06)

Sometimes the photographer has to wait it out and let the child get into its comfort zone.

Lesson 7: More Bubbles (Duration 04:03)

Bubble machines and Cheerios are tools of the trade.

Lesson 8: Two Girls (Duration 04:03)

Lesson 9: Rock Star (Duration 05:17)

Jack starts his next subject off with a microphone.

Lesson 10: Pizza Pie and Cheeseburgers (Duration 03:47)

Jack gets the facial expressions he wants by getting the child to repeat after him.

Lesson 11: Facial Expressions (Duration 06:05)

Experimenting with some different facial expressions.

Lesson 12: Solid Colored Tshirts (Duration 06:15)

Any kind of brand or logo on the child's clothing is distracting to the eye.

Lesson 13: Just Hanging Out (Duration 04:38)

Jack works with a 10-year-old boy in this lesson.

Lesson 14: Conclusion (Duration 02:02)

Jack wraps things up and emphasizes some of the important points.

Meet Your Instructor: Jack Reznicki

Jack Reznicki is a commercial photographer specializing in people and children based in New York City. His creative problem solving has helped promote products and services for many companies such…


  1. Not a bad course. Good insight for working with kids. My only critique, is that the course is almost void of any technical information such as the type and setup of the lighting (not just that it is a strobe). I would have liked to have more discussion on lens selection and why, shutter speeds, f-stops of the background and f-stop of kids (as they look a bit hot), use of the panel reflector and the type of floor matt material.

  2. I love watching Jack at work with kids. As a grandfather and designate family photographer, I mostly shoot kids- our own, our grandchildren and friends kids. Jack has helped a lot. Thanks !!

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