As our children get older, I think it becomes a struggle to photograph them and this stage in their lives. My son in particular is a gamer, so I encourage him to get out and about. Of course, I bring along the camera so that I can document it. He's not a cute little toddler anymore, but that doesn't mean that I want photographs of him any less.
If your child (or children) are anything like mine, then sports play a huge, important role in their lives. While I don't love lighting in the gym, I do love a good baseball game at sunset.
Documenting our fun adventures has become a passion of mine. We do a lot of hiking and other outdoor activities and they make for a wonderful opportunity for capturing some magical images.
I feel that it is especially important to capture them with your pets. My son is an only child, so the bond he has with our pets is a special one. My childhood involved a lot of pets as well, and I love looking back on our memories with them. Especially considering their time on Earth is not near as long as you would like it to be.
4. Grab a Friend
Or in our case, a cousin. While he does have a friend over from time to time, we have a lot of opportunities to be with family and I especially love to document their relationships and have done so for years.
While they don't love chores, it is part of growing up. Now that they are older, they most likely have more responsibility and this is yet another way to document this stage in life.
My son is an avid reader and loves music. (The Eagles are his absolute favorite!) These are things he is passionate about and something that I want him to remember about his childhood.
When all else fails, bribery works wonders. When my son is resistant to me taking his photograph I like to remind him of the deal that we had made some time back. For every stock image I sell with him in it, he gets $20. I told him to consider it our job. Sometimes this extra incentive is all it takes. And other times I just have to respect that he's not into it and let it go.
I hope these tips help you in photographing your own older children. If you have any other tips, please feel free to leave them in the comments!