Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Photographing Little Kids - Real Life Strategies

Photographing little kids is HARD. So hard, in fact, that even Casey at Moosh in Indy admits it's challenging.

Today, though, I offer you one strategy that I have used successfully to snap some of my best shots of Linus.

Be strategic in your choice of time-out spot. 

That's right, use time-outs for mini-sessions.

Sure, you're technically supposed to ignore the child when he or she is in time-out, but I've learned that a camera in front of my face works about the same but with BETTER pictures.

This strategy works especially well when your doing something tourist-y... say, strolling through a patch of giant redwoods in California. The new location, open environment, and change of pace are sure to bring out the, um -- best in your child.

I'm not saying to be looking for misbehaviors to reprimand, but instead when they do happen - because they WILL - use it to your advantage.

You'll have time to adjust your settings and secure a pretty tight focus, and you might just be rewarded with a pretty darn decent shot.

But then again, you might not.


Joy said...

That second pictures looks a lot like the ones for my younger kids. *sigh* hard to catch them at good times! LOL

Circus Daily said...

Lovin the puffy vest...saw it in your last post "outfits" as well. It's best being able to dress our boys. I have our lil' toddler running around in baby UGGS, and despite his father saying they make him look "gay" I keep going to them because they are just too cute. And baby legs...they may be pushing it a bit...but like you said, as long as we can dress them...then leggings it is.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I am laughing SO hard. Hee hee. I thought for sure you'd advise us to use Benedryl for making little kids sleepy and easy to photograph.
He's cute, even while mad at you.

Convertible Girl said...

Love both pics!

Tiffany @ Lattes And Life said...

*snort* Love it!! Seriously though, that first shot is absolutely amazing. Definitely one to frame!!