Posts Tagged ‘children’s photography’

October 20th, 2011

Found Light Portrait Tips

A quick portrait turns into a keepsake because of a few quick tips.
1. First look for interesting light.
In this example, it was near sundown and the light was passing through a window and falling onto an interior pillar.
2. Good strong composition.
The light was even helping out in this scenario. It was on part of the pillar, so when I placed my subject in the light, she was already composed correctly!
Her face is in the upper left area of convergence and her body is in the left vertical. Perfecto!
3. Connection.
There’s always some sort of connection between the subject and the photographer. Good or bad, there’s something.
If you can quickly connect on some level, it will make your portrait that much stronger. Saying cheese, isn’t good enough.
A quick joke, a compliment whatever it takes, get into the soul of your subject. In this example, I’ve known the subject since she was born.
She happened to be walking by when I noticed the light and asked her to jump into the light and let me take a quick portrait. Her mom said okay and that’s all it took.
4. Point of View.
It’s where the camera was actually placed during the portrait. In this image, I knelt down and the camera is just below the subject’s eyes. It isn’t looking down on her because of her age, but at her level so the viewer can look directly into her eyes.
Utilize these tips and make stronger more intimate portraits every time!
Be inspired!

September 4th, 2011

Iconic Photography

I was on assignment today at an opening ceremony for a local AYSO league.
I was asked to make a number of images including portraits, detail shots, news photos and even check presentations. It was indeed a busy day.
The last image I was asked to make was a feature image that represented something beautiful about the community.
It could be anything, which is freeing but can be overwhelming.
I saw it happen in a different way and area, but I wasn’t quite quick enough, so I waited and saw another man holding his son’s hand walking away from the event.
It said everything I wanted it to say.
The future.
Fathers and sons.
It was perfect!
I decided to semi-silhouette the subjects. There was a clean expanse of lawn which served as a nice clean background.
It was really distracting everywhere else that I looked so this was perfect.
The boy and his dad were walking under a tree and were shaded but the lawn was in bright sunlight.
I let my camera meter for the lawn and let the subjects go underexposed.
That way they would be more symbolic than a particular dad and son. They would be my every dad and son.
The boy is in the lower left area of convergence and that was good enough for me and I let the rest of the composition stand on it’s own.
Hopefully, all of us can aspire to a day with our kids or a day with our dad. A day when everything is okay because our hand is safely in his firm grip.
Be inspired!

August 28th, 2011

Children’s Photography

The eyes have it!
I was asked to photograph another family today.
Their children were relatively small, 9, 3 and a bit over a 1 I think.
The middle child was a girl and she showed up with a small bouquet of flowers that she had picked on the way to the beach.
I immediately started talking about the flowers as a way to win her favor and to get her to let me take her photo.
It worked!
She asked me to photograph them and that was my first image.
Once the ice was broken, she was a fantastic subject.
I moved in to capture her eyes.
She looks natural and not posed, because I was able to gain her trust which kids can sense from a mile away.
Be fake, just to make a photo and you’ll get nowhere.
Be interested in the details and they open up to you and let you capture the real person they are beginning to become.
The last image was something her parents asked me to try and capture.
A natural streak in her hair that they hadn’t been able to photograph, yet.
I still utilized her eyes as compositional elements by placing them outside the grid to attract the viewer’s eyes.
On your next portrait shoot, be real, be genuine.
Be inspired!

May 20th, 2011

Children’s Portrait Tip

I was talking to my friend, Sarah Jane, who has a children’s photography studio in the land down under. Australia! Not only that but it’s in Bunbury which is on the far side of Aussie land! Check out her facebook page at

Our conversation sparked this post. I’ve noticed that the best children’s photographers always seem to have a certain shot in common that I think most don’t consider.
It’s the walking into the future image.
I think it gives a great perspective the the time frame that the photos were made.
See, whatever age the children are at that moment, this shot gives emotion and energy to the fact that these kids are going to grow up.
They are moving on to the future!
Capture that and you will be giving your images another great reason to be looked at, admired and hopefully purchased by your clients!
I took these images about 3 1/2 years ago and they are becoming such a milestone for each of the kids in my own family.
Next portrait session, don’t forget to look to the future.
And be inspired!

January 11th, 2010

Children’s Photography – the secret to making great photos

A lot of cameras were given and received as Christmas presents. Here’s an entry about children’s photography. Too many times in my earlier days, I tried to make the perfect portrait of my children. It usually ended with me being frustrated and my kids crying and a lot of bad photos.

Forget about the perfect smile and the kids looking directly at the camera. What works and is the best way to make photos is to just have fun during the portrait session.

Whatever the kids do is cute.  That’s the key. If they cry or run away or smile it will be fine.

In a nutshell that is the key or secret. Too many sessions are ruined by overzealous parents trying to make children do what they want.

You cannot reason with a tired or hungry three-year-old! However long they give you, consider it a gift.

The gallery photos that I have included are from a recent session for a 16 month old and his mom. I made sure that the timing of the session was after his nap and that he had eaten. Then we went to a local park and let him run around.

I utilized a lot of compositional techniques as he ran around and waited for various lighting situations to maximize my opportunities for the most good photos. Practice photographing a small child with your main subject in the areas of convergence. Don’t expect great results on your first session, but practice to achieve greater and greater results.

Enjoy and success!