How To Photograph Introvert And Extrovert Child?

  • Jill peeped at me warily from behind her mother's skirt which she clutched tightly in her small hand. Oversensitive, this little girl was motivated by fear and suspicion and took refuge in sulkiness. This is also often the result of an inferiority complex.

  • The main temperamental types are the introvert, like Jill, who lived within herself, and the extrovert who tends to show off or become aggressive. The results of inferiority complex vary according to the temperament of the child. The introvert creeps further into his or her shell, becomes morose, sullen and anxious. The extrovert tends towards boasting, antisocial or neurotic behavior. This child may do and say things with the sole object of attracting attention to himself.

  • Jill's main desire is to go unnoticed. She feels that if she keeps quiet or hides she will not get hurt. There is no easy way to win her cooperation; it requires a long, patient, quiet struggle. It sometimes helps to leave her in the studio with her mother for a while. If her mother introduces her to some toys and novelties you have left with her for the purpose, when you peep in a little later she may have thawed in your absence. In extreme cases of this kind I sometimes set up my lights, leave a small stool on which I hope the child will sit later, focus my camera on the stool allowing some space round it and place another stool beside the camera. I quietly explain to the mother that I am going out and that she can help me by first playing with the child and quietly getting her onto the stool, ostensibly to play with a ball, then sitting on the stool beside the camera and continuing to amuse the kiddy with glove puppets or anything that catches her interest. My studio is so designed that I can be seen by the child to depart through the door, but can enter unseen later by another door and can observe her in a cunningly positioned mirror. I can also operate my camera from this vantage point by means of a release several yards long which I have previously fitted. Although I prefer only to use this method as a last resort, there have been occasions when, with the help of a cooperative mother, we have obtained pictures that could not have been taken any other way.

  • I have noticed that a carry-cot represents security to some young babies of a cautious nature and that they often show signs of anxiety when lifted out in the studio. In such cases it is a good idea to take some shots of the baby in the cot. Some good pictures can he had like this and baby will feel safe. Quite possibly, after the kiddy has weighed you up from the familiar and secure comfort of his cot, he will allow you to lift him out for some different pictures later and all will be well.

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