June 2021 // The Children Edition

Creating Children’s Portraits with Impact | Kahran & Regis Bethencourt


We often develop moodboards which give us an idea of the direction we’d like to go with our shoot. It also helps our team bring together a cohesive vision before the actual shoot. You can include things like hair, makeup and fashion inspiration, even color palettes so that you have a game plan before the shoot. We are inspired by many things around us: hairstyles, cultural traditions, fashion, as well as our own childhoods and upbringing. We merge all of those things together to create unique portraits. One piece of advice we’d suggest to new photographers is to give creatives room to be creative and allow them to show off their talents. We certainly don’t claim to be makeup artists or hairstylists, so we allow our team members room to let their creative talents flourish. The moodboard helps keep everyone on the same page so that we’re not going in different directions, but we enjoy seeing each team member add on their own creative elements.

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Once we’ve determined the overall direction, we’re typically gathering all of the elements that we think can help tell each child’s story. Hair, makeup, jewelry and accessories are all part of the overall character’s story. We often get creative by reusing existing elements in a completely new way. As creatives, it keeps us on our toes and forces us to think outside the box to make something old new again.

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