It's not always the case. Being an artist does not automatically make you good in all mediums. Nor does it make you knowledgeable in all areas. In some cases, a photographer can also know about graphic design, as well as a graphic designer can also know about photography.
In my case, I've been a graphic designer for 14 years. I started working for a car audio manufacturer at a very young age and was in charge of designing posters, catalogs, advertisements, and eventually product development. In the meantime, I had to take my own photos of speakers, subwoofers, amplifiers and so on, for all projects.
I've been photographing people for over 5 years now, but continue to design at the same time.
Which now brings me to the Neighbor family. Tom, Aneta, Anabelle, and Edison - all lovely people. Aneta asked me to take photos of the kids for their birthday milestones - Anabelle is turning 4 and Edison just turned 2.
With most children, there is an uncertainty in their moods, reactions, and participation. For the most part, I allow children to be themselves and photograph them being themselves. I give them time to warm up to the situation and hopefully get a few minutes of laughter in between.
Sometimes, there is a tiny window of opportunity and you take it. And you take it quickly.
Here is a series of the photos taken within a two-minutes time span.
Sometimes, you must bring your graphic design skills and make a photo out of pieces of other photos. It's not cheating, it's not altering the reality. It's enhancing the experience and the final product.
When it is done correctly, people will not notice. They will only see a beautiful image of what they remember was happening.