Anne Darling Photography

Photographing Children

If you are stuck for ideas on how to photograph children and want to get some natural, fun-filled shots, just go to the park!

Photographing Children Tip No. 1: Have Fun in the Park

Since children move constantly, and speedily, pick one spot in the park that you know they will have to go past, the still point of the ever-turning wheel if you like, and then wait.

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Fun in the Park: Photo by Anne Darling

Sit down, get your camera settings just as you want them, and then wait for the express train to arrive at the station. If you are in the park, the slide (or chute as it is called in my native Scotland) is a great place to park yourself and your camera.

And kids love an audience, they have done something so very exciting and special, the joy will be evident in your shot, and it will look very natural. You just have to be patient and make sure you have selected a fast shutter speed!

Photographing Children Tip No. 2: Enter Their World

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Underground World: Photo by Anne Darling

Children love secret places, the kind of places adults can't go. This photograph was taken of some children playing in a park which bordered on a road with space under the road for the kids to crawl through. It makes you feel drawn into the space by the crouching boy at the near end and the dark figure of the boy at the other end.

With this kind of shot you have to keep back quite a way otherwise you'll find the children acting unnaturally. You want them to get lost in their own imaginative world without intruding. I like shots like this because they trigger memories from my own childhood. Do you remember the secret places you used to play?

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Intergenerational Communication: Photo by Anne Darling

Photographing Children Tip No. 3: Interacting with other Children or Adults

You have to be careful if you photograph children in public spaces if you don't know them or their parents. As a female photographer, I think it is a bit easier for me than perhaps for a male photographer. If I am in doubt, I will interact with the adult first or ask permission but in this instance I just clicked away.

In fact, the shot is as much street photography as anything. I liked the way all the children in the photograph were looking anywhere except at the woman who is clearly displeased with them. Do you remember the powerlessness you felt when an authority figure wagged a finger at you?

Interesting images of children can easily be found when we enter into their world. It's readily available to us, through our own memories and imagination.

Photographing Your Family: And All the Kids and Friends and Animals Who Wander Through Too

by John Healey & Joel Sartore

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Photographing Your Family is a National Geographic Photography Field Guide lavishly illustrated to show the many ways to make pictures, how Sartore captured these images specifically, and the philosophies a world-class photographer brings to his work at home - with emphasis on the contributions that relatives, friends, and pets can make to the story that is family.

In this unique guide, National Geographic staff photographer Joel Sartore takes the mystery out of making extraordinary pictures of kids with a hilarious tour through his own family albums. His photographs delight and inspire, from the first moments a newborn enters the house to Halloween parades, from visits with family and friends to fireworks on the Fourth of July.

Easy-to-follow tips and instructions make the creative process simple, helping parents approach photography in a whole new way. Digital photographers will appreciate tips on editing techniques, album innovations, archiving methods, and printing. Sartore's charisma and humor make learning a pure delight.

The Sandy Puc' Guide to Children's Portrait Photography

by Sandy Puc'

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In The Sandy Puc' Guide to Children's Portrait Photography the author presents every conceivable aspect of children's portraiture. As great portrait sessions begin with top-notch planning and a working knowledge of the equipment, Puc' first offers her insights regarding the benefits of being well prepared from the start, including strategies for enhancing the technical aspects of the shoot, from lighting to posing to post-capture techniques.

Puc' then uses her renowned interpersonal skills to offer advice regarding working with parents as well as eliciting enthusiasm and cooperation from children of all ages, including teens.

Additional tips include effective ideas for photographing parent-and-child combinations, incorporating the family pet, and working with kids who have special needs. Puc' also relays her extensive sales-savvy to help photographers with marketing, client retention, and obtaining top referrals.

Professional Children's Portrait Photography

by Lou Jacobs Jr.

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photographing children Blending advice with example images, Professional Children's Portrait Photography marshals the wisdom and experience of 15 seasoned professionals to present a comprehensive resource on one of the most challenging subfields in the portrait-photography genre. Chapters feature the varied approaches and practices of each photographer while covering topics such as helping children warm up to the camera, choosing clothes for subjects to wear, and how to deal with kids who simply will not cooperate. Each professional also discusses the business techniques that have helped make his or her studio successful—including tips for pricing, hiring assistants, and effective marketing strategies to reach a target audience.

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