When I was a kid, I had a bad habit of losing things (unfortunately that habit has stuck a little more than I care to admit). It’s not that I didn’t care about things, it would just slip my mind and poof it was gone next time I thought about it. This is a very big reason why my parents would not let me have a digital camera when I was young. They knew that I would end up misplacing it and never have anything to show from my travels. Well eventually at the age of 17 or 18 I believe, my parents finally bought me a digital camera: A Panasonic Lumix DMC - TZ3 point and shoot. No have the time this thing felt so advanced, it had a 10 times optical zoom , A metal body and took very decently sized photos. I never had the need to print over 8 x 10 often but I did end up using one of my images for a poster which turned out very good. Detail wise the photo itself actually kind of sucked haha.Read More
Today, I thought I would share a shot from a recent photo session I did for a family here on vacation. The family was wonderful and so easy to work with, but the baby of the family was ready for sleep for sure. She was not in the mood to be directed but she would cheer up long enough to get her photo taken in most cases.
This is something completely normal on vacation shoots. People are here all week and their sleep schedule get interrupted. Even for most adults, we usually get tired quicker by the end of a vacation because of the random sleep schedule we normally keep. Well this little sweetheart is no exception. She was not having it, in some cases and we had to wait her out but that's all part of the job! I loved hanging out with this family and because we took our time and kept everything smooth, we were able to get some very fun shots like this:
As an alternative, if you have a baby who is a little less than happy and getting their photo taken, give them something to do. When they are concentrating on something else they are much less likely to be upset. For some children, give them a physical activity while others prefer something to hold and tinker with. Either way, be prepared to inspire the parents to get the child active!
One thing I have found that keeps a child's attention is my Holga 35mm plastic toy camera. The more beat and banged up it becomes, the different leaks it produces. Very cool little camera, in most cases I even leave film in it and tell them to take photos. I am hoping for some cool shots when I develop the roll!
Thanks for reading!