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Angie M. Nemanic
 

How to wrangle a two-year old


I just finished photographing a two-year old but he never sat still. I shoot digitally now and shot an enourmous amount of photos, but I edited them down to only 10 that I really liked. He never sat still, ran around the backdrop so I just tried to shoot more "on the go" photos. The only good shots I got were head shots but I wanted full body in his little jeans with no shirt--he was so cute...but it just didn't work.

This was more of a practice run because I just got new lights, and my friend and I decided he was done, but I would have liked to have gotten more of a variety of shots. I mean only 10 out of about 75 is pretty bad. Since this was a practice it wasn't that big of a deal, but what happens if this is an actually paying client?

What can I do in a situation like that. When I can't fire off many good shots or get the variety I'm hoping to present to the client. Tell the Mom we will reschedule at no charge??

Thanks!!


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3/21/2006 1:45:40 PM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
 
 
  Bruce on a Grooming table as a Posing table
Bruce on a Grooming table as a Posing table
This is to show that the grooming table is a good sturdy posing table.
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   holding prop
holding prop
This is a holding prop on top of a grooming table
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  same prop used on the floor
same prop used on the floor
smae prop used on the floor can take several trys if the subject does not want to stay
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Good day Angie,
Small Children can be a challenge, but things like Holding Props and Posing Tables will help.
Any time you can lift a small child or pet off the floor you will gain controll. They are now worried about leaping. and thier "Playing field " is now quite smaller.
I have found Grooming Tables to be a cheaper way to get a quality Posing table. Using 1 is good 2 is really nice.
Do keep safty in mind, A parent should be next to the table at all times for a child or pet.

Holding Props are abjects that hold a child and that usually they have fun being in as well.
If your holding prop has wheels or rockers make sure and secure them before using them on a posing table.


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3/21/2006 2:29:54 PM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
 
 
  a wooden crib
a wooden crib
you can usually find wooden cribs for dolls at toys R us
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  Coming up Daisies
Coming up Daisies
Basket is at most Micheals art supply
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  Come on We're all goin'
Come on We're all goin'
again wagons can be found in most stores, just remember to lock the wheels
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ok, I thought I should put a couple kids in here,lol


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3/21/2006 2:41:02 PM

 
A C
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/6/2004
  I tried putting my daughters (one is four and the other is 18 months) on bar stools to take their individual shots. Wow, what a difference. I don't have a posing table but should think about getting one. Debbie is right, they aren't likely to leap.


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3/21/2006 4:51:27 PM

 
Lori McCoy  
 
  Easter picture
Easter picture
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I'm having the same problem. I am shooting easter pictures for my friends. I tried a table but this is what happened.


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3/22/2006 7:10:11 PM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  Lori,
That would have been a good start,
you would have had to ask ister to move a bit clser and angle her back to the baby a bit and then turn toward the camera.
and turn the camera vertical in stead of horizontal.
I have a reverse one in my gallery .
big sister standing and the baby sitting. but you can always reverse it.
just make sure you have someone spotting the baby.lol.
they are just so fast if they are brave.


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3/22/2006 7:20:07 PM

 
Lori McCoy   Debby,
Any advice on how to get better lighting and limit shadows? I'm using 1 light (silver umbrella) near camera and 1 flood light at 2 o'clock shinning towards background. Camera set at f8/80 and flash at 1/4 to 1/2 power. By the way, I love your pictures!


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3/22/2006 7:44:54 PM

 
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