We all love looking at photographs of our children and seeing their development over the years but ,did you realise how much it can boost our childrens' confidence!Psychologists and experts have done some work in recent decades exploring the link.
A revealing study was conducted in 1975 with a group of fourth graders at a Tennessee school by Tulane University. During a five week period, the children took Polaroid instant photos of themselves with provided cameras in a variety of assigned poses, compositions and expressing various emotions. The children worked with the printed images of themselves and created scrapbooks once a week over those five weeks. Testing of the students and teachers at the conclusion of the study revealed a significant increase (by 37 percent) in the students’ average self-esteem behaviours. This Murfreesboro Study shows some key evidence that personal photography of children seen and enjoyed in a specific way can help boost a child’s self-esteem.
Here are some examples of my portrait photography with children and comercial portraits.