Black and white photography is one of those things that can seem alien to portrait photographers. After all, why shoot in monochrome when you can use full color? If you give it a try, you’ll find that you can make powerful portrait images just by removing color. While you can certainly change your camera settings to black and white, you can also experiment with changing a full-color photo into black and white using photo editing software.
This article from Digital Photography School covers the basics, from visualizing in black and white to changing photos after the fact – give it a try and see how it can add depth and drama to your kids’ portrait photos!