For the last three years, we have been photographing these beautiful twins. Now I can identify them more and more by their personalities. Even though, sometimes it is hard to tell them apart . They are both very cute. They love playing with each other. One of them seems to be more adventurous than the other. I bet, she gets more in trouble. The other one is more introvertive. I love to see how much children change from one year to the next. How their faces change. And how their personalities start to shape.
It was the last day of the kids soccer season. Like every Saturday, kids were very excited to play a match. And we had our camera there to document it. This is one of our son’s teammates. He loves to play soccer and to move the ball around. He is also very athletic. His moves are strong.
We captured most of the match. It is great to photograph kids sports. And like any kind of photography, it is challenging. You need a fast shutter speed. Maybe a higher ISO setting. And you need to set up the camera to track movement when it is focusing. A telephoto zoom is a must and a monopod is a great tool to have. Make sure you know the sport you are going to photograph. It’s important to anticipate the moment and to know what is the best angle to photograph from. Look at sports magazines to know the angles sports photographers use. Stay out of the way of the athletes. And mind the background. A beautiful picture of the athlete with a trash can on the background will ruin the picture.
Fall is beautiful in New England. The weather starts to get colder. Leaves start to change their colors and trees lose their leaves. Kids play in the park wearing warmer and colorful clothes that contrast with the leaves. The sun is at a lower angle. That means the light from the sun is warmer. And once we combine all of them together, it is simply the perfect time to make photography.
While I was writing this post, my son sat next to me. He read it, and said, "it needs more". He started to dictate what he thought we needed to say. "It's fun in fall. The leaves start to change their colors. It gets colder. Kids like to play in leaf piles. It's the perfect time to have some fall fun. Also, birds fly south for the winter to survive in a warmer place like Florida. Because it never snows there or get even colder"
Every year when we go to Maine, we take Elizabeth's and Grace's family portrait. We enjoy to see how they interact with each other and how much they grow from one year to the next. Elizabeth is very mature and has patience for posing. She enjoys getting her pictures taken. This year we saw Grace growing a lot. She was a lot more comfortable in front of the camera than previous years. She gave us beautiful smiles and allowed us take gorgeous pictures of her having fun in the water, baking, etc.
One of my favorite themes to photograph is the love between children and animals.They have such genuine feeling. Dogs, for example, are magnets to my children. Every time they see a dog, they stop and ask the owner if they can pet it. This one in particular is a dog that belonged to a farm that we visited over the weekend. My son fell in love with this dog. And I have the feeling that the dog was also happy to receive all this love from my child.
As kids grow, it gets more challenging to get natural smiles. Somehow, once they turn five, they start to give you a "cheese" smile when they stand in front of the camera. That being said, it is really important to learn ahead of time what makes the kid happy, what makes him or her smile, what things he or her gets excited about. This information, along with a proper studio setup is key to a successful photo session.
The set up for this session was rather simple. To the right, I used a studio light with a softbox as the main light, a reflector on the left to fill some light and a light with an umbrella directed to the backdrop to create some separation between the kid and the backdrop.
Today's sky was a little overcasted. Perfect for taking pictures at the park. What I like the most in this picture is how serene and confident the girl looks. There are also diffent elements that work very well here. The diagonal lines created by the bench, the triangle created by the way the girl crosses her arms, the triangle created by her hair in her face, and also the color or her top that complements very well her eyes, that by the way are beautiful.