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Stephanie Moyer
 

Photo shoot with a toddler...


I am planning to do a photo shoot with my son, who is just about 3, this weekend. I have a tripod, blackdrop and a toddler music CD. I never tried this before with my son, any advice? I'm excited about trying this, but nervious too. He's not always one to cooperate. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Oh, and my camera is a Nikon 4300.


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9/15/2004 2:47:13 PM

 
Lucinda Griffin   Okay, first of all my disclaimer says I'm not a pro at this by any stretch but am a mum of four if that helps. My suggestions are purely to help the shoot go smoothly asI don't have tons of technical knowledge. Firstly make sure he has a full tummy before you start. Have a drink handy because they always want one and some baby wipes for the inevitable mess. Try doing the shoot when he's at his best, early morning, after a nap, etc so that he's not feeling tired or cranky. Make sure you are shooting in a place where there are as few distractions as possible, i.e. no TV, radio, play equipment or siblings nearby to catch his attention. My last suggestion is to maybe buy him some small toy that he hasn't seen before. It will keep his attention for a reasonable period of time for you to get shots of him while he is not looking at you. If needs be have things like hand puppets to hold up for him to look at. I know the photographers do this for kids and it always seems to work with mine, regardless of how silly I feel doing it. Last bit of advice, don't expect miracles in regard to his attention span and behaviour. My kids have the attention spans of parakeets and so I space out my shoots with them to a max of about ten minutes or so. Then I let them go play for a while, quickly change and clean up if need be and try again for another ten minutes. Hope some of this is helpful for you. Lucinda


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9/19/2004 9:06:13 PM

 

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Lucinda had some great tips. Also, just shoot fast. Don't wait for the perfect expression or try to get a certain thing. I have two myself and have shot my friends kids. The one thing I have learned is that with kids, you just have to burn film, or MB's. You just have to. I'm not saying that great shots are lucky, but sometimes, waiting makes you more unlucky.

Here's an example of a very impromtu shoot, where I just took the shot of my daughter (2 of them actually). Rather than waiting for her to make a great expression, I adjusted my point of view to capture AN expression. Not the one I wanted, but when my wife say it she almost cried.

Jerry


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9/20/2004 12:21:41 PM

 
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