Introduction to Child Photography

A course by Leila Méndez
Photographer. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined May 2019
, Photographer

Learn to lead a kid’s photo shoot: prepare, direct, edit and present the final results

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 94% Positive reviews (36)
  • 562 students
Introduction to Child Photography

Learn to lead a kid’s photo shoot: prepare, direct, edit and present the final results

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 94% Positive reviews (36)
  • 562 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 17 Lessons (2h 48m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
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The productions and shootings with children involve a different direction and management with respect to the sessions with adults. Turning the session into a game and making the plan fun will create a fantastic dynamic where you can breathe naturally and where everything flows. This is just one of the many things that Leila Méndez has been learning in her long career directing and photographing shootings children. He has worked in publications such as El País Semanal, AD, The Guardian, and has collaborated with clients such as Uniqlo, Warner, Desigual and Adidas.

In this course, Leila will teach you the keys to conducting a shooting with children. From the preproduction and the direction of models, to the edition and presentation of the material. At the end of the course you will have the necessary knowledge to face a professional children's photography shooting, ready to be published.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. First steps: photography of children
  • U3
    U3. Preproduction
  • U4
    U4. Shooting
  • U5
    U5. Postproduction
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Leila will begin by telling you about her beginnings in the world of photography and, more specifically, in children's photography. He will tell you about his career and his work in campaigns and prominent publications. Then he will show you some of his influences.

You will make an introduction to the fundamentals of children's photography, seeing different examples and discovering that it is a field with infinite possibilities, and that encompasses two broad categories: fashion and advertising; in both, the theme lifestyle is king.

You will see what an assignment consists of, whether from a brand, an agency or a publication, and the role of the art director in this process. In your session the art director and the photographer will be you, you will create your idea and visual universe. You will learn to create a concept and see how to land it visually, helping you with a mood board with visual references; It is essential to communicate how you imagine it.

You will discover which people are essential in the staff (stylist, hairdresser, assistant, set designer ...) to carry out the shooting seeing the role they occupy and, also, You will learn to negotiate budgets for collaborations. You will decide if your session is in a location or set. Leila will explain how to find a space that works photographically, optimizing its possibilities. It will also give you some tips to get ideas and tell you about the types of languages at the time of telling a story.

Next, you will find out how to make a casting and how to define the profiles. You will see your options and learn to write your requirements for a casting agency, in case you don't do it personally. You will take note of legal documents to work with children. You will review materials and technical equipment necessary for the session, such as specific lenses and lighting for a children's session.

Leila will give you many tips to work with children, turn the session into a game and give you the three basic keys to directing them. It will also teach you to manage time well, since you do not lack essential things for your well-being. He will talk to you about the acting of the models, how to strengthen and control their attitudes and dynamics.

You will select the best images based on what you want to enhance and thinking about the set. There, you will think about order and how to group them to get your narrative. You will edit the photos making very simple touches to avoid losing naturalness and freshness. Leila will address three important points: skin, color and visual cleansing. Finally, you will see your dissemination options to show the final material: editorial, portfolio, book, and some final tips to achieve your goal.

What is this course's project?

You will do a shooting of professional children's photography ready to be published, which you can do with the knowledge learned during the course.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

To amateur and professional photographers, who have the restlessness and desire to work with children.

What you need

To take this course you must have basic knowledge of photography and basic notions of Adobe Photoshop for the final retouching of your images.

Of materials, you will need a SLR camera and flashes if you do your session in a studio, and a computer with Adobe Photoshop installed.


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Leila Méndez

A course by Leila Méndez


Leila is a photographer specialized in portraiture and with a special predilection for working with children. Leila is from Barcelona, and after more than 20 years working in the publishing and advertising world, she discovered that what interests her most about photography is the contact with people and learning from others through the camera. Believe strongly in the power of children to communicate and tell stories. That's why he tries to turn his sessions into something special and magical, through color, props or clothes.

His work has been exhibited in festivals and exhibitions in many cities, such as La Caixa Foundation, Iguapop Hall, Fnac or FashionWeek Barcelona, among others. In addition, he has worked for The Observer (The Guardian), Vogue Spain, Architectural Digest (AD) or El País Semanal (El País), and has done advertising campaigns for Uniqlo, Fly Emirates, Diesel, Adidas, Vodafone, Virgin, IKEA, Desigual, El Corte Inglés and Carolina Herrera.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course
  • U2

    First steps: photography of children

    • Introduction photography of children
    • The order
    • The creation of a Moodboard
  • U3


    • Who are part of the team?
    • Location
    • Casting
  • U4


    • materials
    • illumination
    • Work with children
    • Model Address
  • U5


    • Image selection
    • Retouching and color adjustment
    • Last details
    • How to present the material
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Introduction to professional photography with children

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Introduction to Child Photography. A Photography, and Video course by Leila Méndez

Introduction to Child Photography

A course by Leila Méndez
Photographer. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined May 2019
  • 94% Positive reviews (36)
  • 562 students