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aileen cockburn
 

Mother's Day: Better Photos of Kids & Teens


What props - if any - would you use for 3 girls ages 16, 15 and 12? Thanks!


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5/5/2007 2:03:05 PM

 
W.    Have them come in their favorite outfits.


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5/5/2007 9:08:35 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  That age group makes me think of make-up, lipstick, etc. Also you might try hats. Are you going to shoot them together or individually?


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5/6/2007 4:01:11 AM

 
aileen cockburn   Hi: Thanks for the response. WS, I have told them to bring clothes that they want to wear and they can change as many times as they want. Carolynm I love the hat idea - I never thought of that. I will also tell them to bring lipstick, etc. I plan to do them in groups and also separately. Thanks again!


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5/6/2007 11:33:25 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
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Aileen,
Wicker chairs are great, and stools of course. A mirror effect is always a WOW shot! Pose the oldest with two youngest in mirror or youngest playing with make-up and pearls, etc., with older girls behind with "Oh NO" faces or a bit angry expressions - like they just caught her in their stuff. Mom, will love them!
Debby


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5/7/2007 6:14:34 AM

 
aileen cockburn   Thanks debby great idea I will give it ago can I ask a silly question how do I focas the shot is it mainly on the mirror or the person or can I manage to get it all in focus. I think I will practice with my daughter first to make sure I can do it.
Aileen


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5/7/2007 9:39:07 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
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  You focus on the Mirror.


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5/7/2007 11:20:38 AM

 
aileen cockburn   thanks debby I will give it ago and let you see the results if that ok
Aileen


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5/7/2007 12:39:49 PM

 
Melinda Hambrick
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  I have taught all three age groups in school, and I have a thought to share. I think there is the potential that a twelve year old will resent being posed as if make-up and all are too grown up for her. Believe it or not, many of them wear it regularly. I would ask the girls how they feel about that idea beforehand, and see if it's a fit for their personalities. It may be, and they may love the idea. But if I were doing the shoot, I'd go for something more natural and casual - have them wear jeans and white shirts, and group them together outside in a really pretty spot. Much like I would for three adult sisters. It will draw the focus to their similar features, and the bond they share, and will be a more "timeless" shot in the long run. Teenage girls are young women, and want to feel as adult as possible, and the hat and make-up thing just makes me think of 5 year olds playing dress up. Go for a shot that puts them on equal footing and highlights their lifelong bond as sisters.

Just my thoughts... hope they help.

Melinda


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5/8/2007 6:46:36 AM

 
W.   
"Teenage girls are young women, and want to feel as adult as possible, and the hat and make-up thing just makes me think of 5 year olds playing dress up."

Isn't that what ALL women of ALL ages LOVE to do all their lives long: playing dress up.....?


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5/8/2007 6:55:59 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
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really!
I agree, I do this all day every day and have not found to upsat a kid yet.
and a great sitting should have all of these not just a single shot series.
The more you provide the happier mom will be.
And if I am still correct no matter the age, Mom brings them in and Pays for it ,because SHE wants portraits.
I know with my Teenage boys, I make them, 16 & 15 or not,lol.


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5/8/2007 7:40:34 AM

 
Anne Harb Photography
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  I agree, girls wanta have fun! Here are some more ideas...Cell phones & laptops, and funky patterned pillows,a bed! Bedroom stuff, lamps, old bears..a table full of cookie baking stuff and bring it outdoors! Go to get ice cream, coffee or big giant cookies.
Lots art supplies spread all over the place or go outdoors with an easel with some past piece of art on display and one girl pretending to paint/draw...Shoes,shoes, & more shoes... favorite books and if they own a series like Harry Potter..stack them up to sit on, flowers...picking or smelling even just standing in a row showing the size of each child with simular flowers draped across arms.


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5/8/2007 10:31:21 AM

 
Mary E. Heinz
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/23/2005
  First, I think you have an awesome opportunity to do the photography with
all three....I did some teens recently and they were so much fun....I took them outside and used my backdrop ...
I had to "hang" it from the side of my explorer and then out on the grass/ it worked...or taped it to the brick building nearby....

Now,,,I even took a magazine and had
them "read"...etc....

samples...at http://www.pics-ties.com
under TEEN gallery 2007

I love candid photos...and you can
"set" up candids...ex. in my gallery
above...

When I read this I thought about some
really neat Senior shots I've seen/
on location...wading in the water, etc.

Good luck/ let us see what you get !
I did 2 girls and a boy/ sister/ brother/ and cousin.


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5/8/2007 12:28:27 PM

 
Mary E. Heinz
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/23/2005
  I would just do at least a set/ try to
get them enjoying themselves together/
like I said, candids...those are the
most "expressive" to me. Find out what
THEY enjoy doing.


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5/8/2007 12:31:28 PM

 
W.   
Hi Mary,

"candids" are photos of subjects who are NOT aware that they are being photographed. The photos you describe, however, are set up, directed photos, where the subjects are very MUCH aware that they are being photographed.
Your descriptions paint "Life magazine cover" style photos, so they can be great.
But "candid" they are NOT.

Have fun!


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5/8/2007 4:12:45 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Hi Aileen,

http://supermodels.com/profile.php?id=17776

You might look at this portfolio online. It of a young lady Keshia (age 12) that I shoot on occassion. It has different works by different photographers in the portfolio. Click on view photos.

You can also click through on the site to her One Model Place site. Click on the portrait with her name on it by Bruce Smith.

There are all different kind of ideas in the two portfolios that can be obtained by looking at them for shooting teens.

Kerby


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5/8/2007 5:53:58 PM

 
Betty L. Saunders   Aileen,
Have the teens bring some of their favorite music CDs that they can play and hear on your CD player. This puts them at ease and releases their shy-before-the-camera attitude. Helps them move a bit, too!
Betty


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5/9/2007 7:00:49 PM

 
Denise A. Zabor   For little girls you can use teddy bears or other stuffed animals, hats, flower bouquet, a single rose, white lacy parasol umbrellas like you would use at a wedding shower, ballons,large plastic crayon banks you can find at most dollar stores. For the older girls teddybears hats and flowers still apply. China town sells beautiful Chineese umbrellas with colorful designs that make beautiful backdrops, pillows, colored tulle to create a draped effect, cardboard stars painted with silver metalic paint. The list goes on.


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5/11/2007 9:01:22 AM

 
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