My business partner and I are photographers. Our photography concentrates on families and children, and that means we take tons of photos of children (including children's team sports, preschools and elementary schools). In the process, it has often made me wonder whether you can predict what a child will be like years from now based on the interaction they have in front of the camera. So much of their personality actually comes through in the blink of an eye. We get to observe so many children in their natural, in-the-moment style.
Here are a few of the classifications of children we've observed in our work:
The Crowd-Pleaser. Despite you're being a "new" face to them, these children have no problem whatsoever and they just jaunt up to the posing chair like they own it, follow your directions rapidly, and smile like there's no tomorrow. They start telling you about their birthday, how many presents they received, and what they are going to do tomorrow. They are happy-go-lucky children who have a trusting and easy going nature. They make my job look easy.
Bashful. This child is very shy, but not scared. They want to check you out, tend to need a familiar adult within easy reach, and eventually loosen up and earn your trust enough to get a cute shot.