Photo of the week
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Last week I had a chance to have my first portrait session of our friend’s two children, a 2.5 year old boy (Mikey) and a 10 week old baby girl (Matilda). This was most certainly an interesting experience that was different to anything that I have done before, dodging balloons and whatnot. There were lots of commonalities between photographing children and adults, except that children are so much more active with a significantly shorter (30 second) attention span. This meant that the lighting and composition needed to be very quick, and shooting in hi-speed burst mode really helped catch each moment. The following is my favourite photograph from the shoot.
One of the biggest advantages that I noticed was that kids lacked some of the self-consciousness of adults. Another advantage was that when Mikey was playing with his toys he was completely oblivious of the camera which made for some great candid shots, of course it helped that he felt comfortable in his environment with his toys.
I also learned that patience and a little luck are also needed, especially when trying to get both the kids to cooperate at the same time.