Kids love fun, to them everything they do should spell fun. Where it does not, then it is boring.
From their bath time to meal times, till bedtime at the end of the day is fun galore. Any activity that does not spell fun, just count kids out of it.
Every photo taken of a kid, tells a true story. The smiles are real as well as that tear drop. The spotless face is not as a result of editing in Photoshop. To me the image of a child speaks volume, it has no hidden meaning. It speaks for itself.
I love kids and I love taking photos of them. I have taken shots of kids around the house, playground and done even window portraits of a baby but this weekend, I decide to do the studio portrait shots of kids.
In doing this, I learnt some vital lessons that can be tips to others in future. Since we were going to be at the studio for some time, I had to make Teejay pick what he and Sosa needed. We started with picking favourite toys. We took fisher price learning play table, Tee’s favourite red jeep, Mr. Snow bear, Elmo and birthday singing bear.
The secret actually was though we were doing the shots in the studio, I wanted the kids to be kids and not have stereotype adult sessions with them. I also packed their best meals.
At the studio, I had to set up my lighting pattern for my photos. I discovered that the Rembrandt, short and broad lighting were not ideal for kids because kids are always on the move. I used the butterfly lighting, placing the light above them. I then placed the white foam core board on the floor before placing their toys on it, to enable the light bounce back on the kids faces.
Having their toys on the floor actually worked the magic, from there it became fun all the way. Getting good shots was no longer a problem, it was pose after pose. Teejay actually got into the groove by taking charge.
There was no dull moment all through our session. To me the magic wand to wave when having a photography session with a kid or kids is, “let kids be kids” this is the gate way to fun, to have good and wonderful shots.
Finally, I had to take photograph un-baby my friend’s pregnancy. She was in the studio to assist us. What better way to introduce another cute one to the world of photograph, while still in the womb.