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Why is this child portrait not compelling? What went wrong and what could have been done better?

In addition to what has been written (cropped feet), in my opinion the greed hedge in the background draws a lot of attention away from the child because it is so heavily saturated. Since the ...
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Why is this child portrait not compelling? What went wrong and what could have been done better?

The leaves in the background aren't an interesting part of the photo, and they're a bit of a distraction. Blurring the background by shooting at a wider aperture (smaller f-number) would turn the ...
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Why is this child portrait not compelling? What went wrong and what could have been done better?

The first and obvious problem is framing. Almost never do you want to put a small head in the middle of a large picture. There is much space to the left of the child in the picture, but it doesn't ...
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Why is this child portrait not compelling? What went wrong and what could have been done better?

To improve your portraiture, try simplifying your composition to better focus the viewer's attention on your subject. How? (No particular order): Square yourself with the background. You are closer ...
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How can I take pictures of active children with a DSLR in low light?

Your exposure is a function of - The amount of light reaching the subject (with the quality and direction of the light allowing you to control the effect) The shutter speed (too long leads to ...
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Why is this child portrait not compelling? What went wrong and what could have been done better?

The vegetation in the background is way more saturated than everything else on the photograph and that it looks rather disturbing — I have never seen leaves saturated that much. Leaves should be ...
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How can I take pictures of active children with a DSLR in low light?

The answer @eftpotrm gave is pretty comprehensive, but let me highlight the single piece of advice that is by far the most likely to give you the desired results: Get a lens with a large maximum ...
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What do I need to shoot student portraits for elementary students who missed picture day?

You have several things to think about. First off, you would probably like the photos to closely match what the photos of the other students look like, so pay attention to the background, the pose, ...
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Why is this child portrait not compelling? What went wrong and what could have been done better?

Ignoring the composition, color and editing that everyone else has answered perfectly clearly, I'd like to point out the blanched areas on the cheeks and forehead. These areas are a product of ...
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Question for Portrait Photographers who have normally photographed 4 or more children at the same time

This is a situation where you need to be flexible and able to play it by ear. Evaluate which child is the highest risk for lasting the shortest amount of time before they become harder or impossible ...
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Why is this child portrait not compelling? What went wrong and what could have been done better?

Some of the strangeness can be attenuated by rectifying the horizon.
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How coach children to smile nicely?

Avoid posing your subjects You'll get more natural expressions if you can compose shots where the subject is actively doing something, rather than just looking at the camera - and you may well find ...
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Where can I find a camera for a photographer with a severe acquired disability?

The place to start would probably be with organisations that support individuals with severe disabilities. Those type of organisations are very familiar with the unique needs of individuals ...
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Why is this child portrait not compelling? What went wrong and what could have been done better?

In my view the problem is depth of focus. The distracting background of the hedge needs to be softened by being out of focus. If your camera allows, try setting aperture priority with a large aperture,...
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Why is this child portrait not compelling? What went wrong and what could have been done better?

The girl is very cute, but it has this "deer in the headlights" look, what Joshua called a "fake looking smile" in a comment. That's unfortunate because I feel drawn to look at a cute girl in a nice ...
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Why is this child portrait not compelling? What went wrong and what could have been done better?

There are many ways to improve this picture. The green in the background and the ball was brutal, I turned them down. The grass looked a bit strange. I brightened it up a bit. Many of the other ...
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Are wide angle lenses suitable for portraiture of children?

Do portrait photographers ever use wide or ultra-wide angle lenses as a main lens for children portraiture, or are long focal lengths the better choice? It is highly unlikely that any portrait ...
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Are wide angle lenses suitable for portraiture of children?

As always in photography (and most other arts), rules are generally accepted, but they are ment to be broken if it fits your cause. To answer specifically to the question about children photography: ...
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How can I take pictures of active children with a DSLR in low light?

You can't have your cake and eat it. Use Aperture priority mode at maximum aperture (smallest f stop) -that lets in as much available light as possible. The shutter speed you get will then be a ...
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How Much Should I Ask for Photographing [School] Groups at an Outdoor Center and How Much Commission Should I Pay to the Outdoor Center?

Your competition is not other photographers, it's a teacher with a point and shoot. Schools care about the quality of the education, and the relatively minor quality difference in a staged group ...
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What lens and flash should I get to take pictures of kids?

I'm new to having a camera and I'm not sure how everything works with my DSLR. Just basic advice, but before buying anything, I'd say practice enough to be comfortable with using your camera. Bad ...
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How coach children to smile nicely?

For a group of kids Tell them to put an "angry monster face". Take a photo. Tell them to put a "happy face". Take the photo. You can play with a lot of concepts. Sad faces, ...
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Why is this child portrait not compelling? What went wrong and what could have been done better?

Consider the type of the image. If it is a picture for family album, I wouldn't do anything artistic, just try to squeeze some good technical "pro" quality Next time find a framing where you don't ...
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How do I choose between an SLR or an expensive P&S?

I'd like to add two points 1) If you are shooting indoors in low light then a zoom lens can be a handicap. Most zoom lenses are slow. That is to say they have small maximum apertures, so they do ...
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Why is this child portrait not compelling? What went wrong and what could have been done better?

The horizontal white and yellow curb in the background is very very distracting. It draws your eye away from the subject. The subject is also incomplete - you cut off the feet. Having the subject ...
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Why is this child portrait not compelling? What went wrong and what could have been done better?

Looking at the toys - I would ask: "What do they add?" - they're not helping to tell a story about the subject. IMO, if you have other objects in a portrait, they work better if they are background, ...
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Why is this child portrait not compelling? What went wrong and what could have been done better?

I'm a know-nothing internet guy, I take lousy photos, you shouldn't listen to me, but here's an uneducated opinion anyway. My first impression was that I like this picture. Her beaming smile would ...
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What do I need to shoot student portraits for elementary students who missed picture day?

First things first, use bounce flash if you're doing head shots. Then use the 50mm. With the crop factor of the 60D it will give an 85mm equivalent. If you can, take the shoot outdoors; that way you ...
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