It’s that time of year when sugar is free flowing and costumes are ever-present for lively bright subjects. Most kids LOVE to vamp in their costumes. Normally shy children will often be at ease when dressed up as someone else. So go ahead and ask them to “growl like a monster” or twirl like a princess or whatever costume related pose they can do – to get an extra oomph to your pics. Happy Halloween!
Kids birthday parties are fun and challenging at the same time. The fun part – lots of kids running around make for great photo opportunities – the challenging, because there is so much activity it’s sometimes overwhelming to figure out where to shoot beyond the classic blowing out the candles and opening of the presents shots. Some tips. Try the bounce house. Remember to brace yourself in the corner (you will be moving – a lot!) hold your camera securely and shoot with the widest depth of field and fastest shutter speed that your camera will allow. Don’t be afraid to crank up the ISO as high as you can go and see your those adorable little monkey’s hair and feet fly.
Went to Berkeley for a family trip and went to a Cubs vs. Giants game at the AT&T park. I choose not to bring my big camera to the park and got there and was sorry I didn’t. So much raw emotion and excitement from the crowd watching the game. The park was beautiful, and even knowing the bare minimum about the teams and the sport – the spectacle of a live game at the park is truly exciting. Took a bunch of photos the next few days to make up for it. Archer frowning, scowling, smiling, yelling shouting and then Charlie who also was hamming it up.
I took photos of twin toddlers last weekend. LOTS of movement – lots of fun! They were sooo cute. I followed them playing and I got great shots. And then we tried for some posed photos, but really if you are having fun playing, why stop the fun? The planned family portrait was in danger of disaster until – their dad swung Patrick upside down. Solved! For moving little busy bodies, trying something different to get the giggles going is a great strategy for those challenging posed portraits.
Little Olive is just on the edge of learning how to walk and babbles THE cutest baby talk ever! I spent much of the afternoon crawling on the ground, chasing her and giggling. When I take photos of little ones I try to get low, low, low on the ground as much as possible, and to laugh a lot. Try it when you are taking photos of your little ones. It really works. And guess what? It makes shooting lots of fun!
I had the pleasure of photographing Eli on vacation with his father from New York last month. One of my favorite places to take photos is a local park in the Hollywood Hills near the bat caves. Lots of trees and a great place to play and run around and perfect for a little boy.