Welcome to Photo Love. This is the title I give to the blog posts I write about one photo and why I love it. Sometimes I love the photo because of the composition or lighting, while other times it is because of the story behind the photo. My favourite photos are when there is a combination of both. I hope you enjoy the story and the photo.
Taking photos of children can be tricky at the best of times, but when they are shy it gets even more difficult. No parent wants to book a photographer to take photos of their child and have 50 images of the kid’s face buried into mum or dad because they are too shy. When I arrive to meet a family, either at their house, or a location of their choice, I introduce myself to everyone, including the kids. I like to crouch down to their height, smile and say hello.
This is how the experience often plays out. I introduce myself to a child and they go running to mum or dad. This is either because I am hideously ugly, or because they are shy. It could be a little of both. It might seem counter-intuitive to crouch down in front of them and get in their face and say hello given they run off, but I find that before too long, the kids start approaching me to show me their favourite toys or their favourite part of the house. I know that if I was just in their presence but didn’t approach them that children would naturally warm up to me, but being a photographer, I don’t have the luxury of time. When parents book you for an hour, they want results. By approaching the kids straight away and being really friendly and smiley, the kids take me into their world a lot faster.
A perfect case of this was with William. He was so shy to start with, but after a few minutes of being held by his dad with me talking to him, he warmed up and wanted to show me the front yard of his house. As we walked down the driveway I noticed the wooden fence would create a fantastic backdrop for a photo. I crouched down in front of William and snapped two quick photos. As I was crouching down, I asking him what his favourite flavour of ice-cream was. Ice-cream makes everyone smile.
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