The Perfect Tool for Portraits of Children — Pez Dispensers

Getting young children interested in a photo shoot can challenge the most talented professional photographer. Many pros have a bag of tricks to use for taking portraits of kids.  But if you are a mom taking pictures of your own kids, or even a new photographer, you may not know all the tricks quite yet.  Here’s one of our favorites.

Start collecting a sampling of pez dispensers (filled is okay too – if the parent approves).  They fit perfectly on the hot shoe of most SLRs and cameras. They entertain and get kids looking in the right direction. So keep these inexpensive, yet invaluable, candy toys in your camera bag in the future.


Now it’s your turn.  Tell us in the comments other tricks and tips you use to get young children more interested in getting their pictures taken.

Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions

Jodi Friedman is the founder of MCP Actions. She designs popular Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets that make editing faster, easier and more fun.

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    You’re right, GS, every pez dispenser I have only fits in backward.
    I took a metal file from the hardware store and shaved the sides down to make them fit.

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