Back the hazy days of summer, you know, that good weather we had two weeks ago, we planned a barbecue for Sunday just gone. Well the weather let us down in a big way, so all the outdoor entertainment we had for the children was off the table.
Fresh from the Sam McCauley’s Photo Day in Bunclody on Saturday, I decided to arrange an impromptu mini photo-shoot at home. I had my bag of props still handy, mostly a selection of hats and sunglasses, so all I had to do was say the words “Dress Up” and the kids were completely on board with it!
Now getting kids to pose for photos can sometimes be a chore. It’s no great experience for the children who are being told to “do this,” “stand there,” “say cheese,” “do as you’re told,” and million other things we want them to do for the camera. And it’s no fun for us to be always telling the kids what the have to do, only to end up with photos which lack something, because lets face it, we can all spot a fake smile from a mile off.
Well all kids love to play, and dressing up is always a hit. It’s a great way to get some fun, natural looking photos which are a bit different. I usually throw in a few questions to distract them too, like “what’s your favourite TV show?” Or “what did you have for breakfast today?” That moment when they are thinking of their answer and not about the camera in front of them, is pure gold.
Do you have any tips for photographing children? If so, leave a comment…
was trying to take a photo of my daughter recently. I wanted to get a close up of her eyes, focusing on her eyelashes.
All I wanted her to do, was to stand still and look at the camera.
But kids being kids, she fidgeted, kept bouncing up and down and kept pulling the most ridiculous faces possible. It was a little frustrating, but if a 6 year old is hyper, there’s no hope of getting the image you have in mind.
I could have told her off, and made her sit still, but I want to enjoy taking photos and that would spoil the fun.
I could have given up, and ended up with nothing.
Instead, when I realized she wasn’t going to listen to me, I just went with it, laughed with her and took a few shots of her silly faces.
Once I got them onto the laptop, I saw I had something special and it wasn’t what I was after at all. So the moral is, whatever happens, just take the damn photo!
You may be surprised with the results. I know I was.
100 Things I’ve Learned About Photography – Digital Photography School.
This is a really nice list. Full of Very good advice.
I recommend you go and take a look at it!
Let me know which one you like the most, for me it’s number 66: “If you have an idea and immediately think ‘No, this is not going to work’ – Do it anyway. When in doubt, always shoot.”
I would be guilty of doing that quite often, so I’m going to try and follow through in future. Who knows, I might get something interesting…
40. You can’t take photographs of everything