Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Propping up Children

Like most days, I only have a few minutes, so I'll keep it brief. I'd like to talk about the use of props when taking photos of children. The truth is not everyone is a fan, I however, think it is the best way to get the best photos of kids.

My experience is that when kids are at play, they are ultimately relaxed, therefore you can capture the child in their fullest. Anybody can pose a child and try to make funny noises or use squeaky toys to try to get a smile, but if you can find some good props or toys to let the kids play with, the natural smiles come automatically.

This is a photo I took of my daughter Naomi. I realize it is not the best photo in the world, but you can't get a smile like that very easily without the use of a good prop. I took this photo before we were heading to a birthday party. She was already in her car seat and we were trying to get the other kids out the door. Naomi was starting to get grumpy from sitting in her seat, so I grabbed the first prop I saw and put it on her head. Everyone in the room started laughing at how cute she was. Naturally, she started laughing too. I simply grabbed my camera out the bag and took a shot!

Your prop doesn't have to be anything spectacular, but be creative. A soccer ball, tennis racket, slinky, wig, a piece of fruit (yes it's ok, go ahead and let them eat it), an old cell phone, whatever. Put them in the setting, give them the prop, and let their imagination go to work for you!

Your job is to simply capture the moment!

Until next time -- Peace!

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