Last weekend, Kayleigh and I had a really quick photo shoot in my father’s front yard. The only direction I gave her was, “Stand here, and face this way.” I then took a step back, and was amazed as she went through a quick series of poses. This entire series took less than a couple minutes to shoot. Where in the world did she pick this stuff up? Who knows. One thing is certain, she’s a natural.
Today, we’re revisiting the Santa Barbara Zoo because it has a main attraction, well, at least for our family. In the center of the zoo, there is a children’s play area where there is an astroturf covered mound. This mound is usually populated with kids and their parents toting around cut up card board boxes for one purpose…to slide down its slopes. The designers of this play area ought to be commended for coming up with this, the idea is simple, yet effective. All you need is to look at the gleeful faces of the children. Parents, if you’re lucky, you might even have a chance to take a seat and rest a bit, unless of course your little one demands you join them.
Children have a uniqueness about them at a wedding. Especially when they are the ones selected to be the ring bearer, or flower girl, there are two types out there, the ones that are shy, and ones that shine, both are adorable to shoot. Today, I’m featuring a little girl that shines radiant, and bright.
I’ve got a tip for today’s quick-shot, and it’s pretty simple one too. When you’re at a family get together, there is bound to be a child or two running about. Too often I see my own family whip out a camera, and aim it down to take a shot of the little ones. Unless you’re particularly fond of that angle, you might as well take a picture of your feet…sorry…but it just isn’t an attractive angle. My suggestion, get down at the child’s level, or lower if you can, and take a shot. Your picture will be, and feel better for it, although your knees might think otherwise. You can capture the same emotion, the same action, resulting in a better composed image. Who knows, you might just wow yourself.
An added bonus, kids are sometimes like dogs when you kneel to their level, them become even more full of life, and a happy child is hard not to resist. Unlike dogs, they won’t lick your face, so the handkerchief can stay in the pocket.
If you think I get down on my hands and knees to take a picture of children, think again. I am guilty of being a bit lazy sometimes, but I am always happier with a picture when I do take the time to get down on the ground. Here is one such “lazy” moment:
Here is another picture taken on the same day, I couldn’t get any lower unless I dug a trench. If I remember correctly, I did need a hand getting up though, but hey, a little work goes a long way.