Ava Grace's Closet: An Amateur's Guide to Photographing Children {Part 1} : A Different Perspective

Thursday, May 8, 2014

An Amateur's Guide to Photographing Children {Part 1} : A Different Perspective

I take a LOT of photographs of my children.
And while I am not a professional photographer by any means, I have learned a lot along the way. 
When I look back at early photos of Ava, I shudder. 
My skills were even less stellar than they are today and my editing was so off. 
I really loved playing with effects often to the detriment of the photo itself. 

As mentioned numerous times on the blog, I have an enormous amount of respect for children's photographers. It is no easy task trying to get a subject to be agreeable on top of trying to get that "perfect" shot. 
Sometimes, I find that my very favourite photographs are often those that don't require the child to even look at the camera.

Often, a different perspective, in this case one photographed from behind, makes for a unique photograph. 
And often, one that truly encompasses the mood of the day since more often than not, it captures the child in movement. 
It also makes for oblivious happier subjects.
The very last photo above is one of my favourites to date. 
I love the contrast of the green grass, the destroyed from so much lovin' swing and the juxtaposition of Ava dressed formally in such a casual setting. 
I won't talk about the head of curls.

I plan on sharing a few of the other tips + tricks I've learned along the way. 
Hoping you will join me here over the next few weeks and share some of your own secrets for getting your cutest subjects to cooperate. 

13 comments :

  1. They are a difficult subject to capture! And I do love the shots from behind. It captures real life so well. You do a great job with your photography. Can't wait to read your tips!

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  2. You know what they say-never work with children or animals ;) Seriously, these photos are stunning. I take a lot of photos without showing Wee Mans face for Instagram and the blog- it is a skill I am still seriously honing!
    xo Emma
    http://strollingthecityinheels.com

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  4. Love these photos ... especially her running in red coat!!! ... your tips transfer to furbabies ...they are just as opinionated as the human babies ;) ..hugs..Celia m. (HHL)

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  5. Love these photos ... especially her running in red coat!!! ... your tips transfer to furbabies ...they are just as opinionated as the human babies ;) ..hugs..Celia m. (HHL)

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  6. this is a great reminder! i always make austin smile at me in pics, but i have to let him "play" and then take pics!!

    xo,
    Sandy
    Sandy a la Mode

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  7. Yes, it is so difficult to photograph children!! I have some real doozies... with crazy faces and tongues sticking out! I love these photos you've taking from behind... adorable!! :)

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  8. I agree, their little backside are some of the best pictures...plus you don't have to bribe them to smile...or in some cases threaten!! LOL! Love them all of sweet little Ava!

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  9. Oh my! The Uggs n denim skirt is my fav! Such a cutie! I need to snap my 2 more often! xx

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  10. such a cutie miss ava is! also, great tips. i was an art major and took 2 years of photography...my strategy for taking photos is take about 100+ and your bound to get at least one that is blog worthy :)

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  11. what a stylin' little girl!
    Love the pics AND the tips!

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  12. Dearest Susan,
    You sure did capture some lovely photos in motion, very natural and great treasures for 'later' - much later!
    Hugs to you,
    Mariette

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  13. i try to capture them from unique perspectives as well...makes for interesting photos! love the shots you got here, especially lovin the first one!

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I love reading every last one. Thanks so much for stopping by our little blog. xo.

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