What makes a strong documentary photo of a child? There is some concepts that just seem to work again and again. The mother holding her child. The child alone and crying. Children playing in the middle of poverty and destruction. Children staring from down to up, into the camera. With eyes wide open and a desperate look on their face. These photos motifs have almost become clichés, so it is up to us, the photographers, to use our artistic talents to avoid overdoing the cliché. As a general rule though, if you can capture a child displaying a strong emotion in your photo, you have a good chance to make a powerful photo.
There is another couple of tips to make strong documentary photos of children. Generally speaking, try to go close to the child and avoid interfering in the child’s natural behavior. These rules can of course be contradictory. If the child