While some of my favorite portraits don’t have eye contact, or maybe even show a face, there’s no denying that strong eye contact is a great way to pull your viewers into your image. It can really help a viewer to connect with your subject. With older cooperative subjects it’s usually easy to get a mix of images with eye contact and without, but with the littlest ones it can be tricky. Here are some of my favorite strategies for(…)
If you’ve ever photographed young children, you know they can be some of the most challenging subjects on earth. They are tiny balls of energy with a mind of their own and they may not be wild about letting you invade their personal space to get a photograph. Almost all of the families I photograph have at least one child in the 2-5 age range, so I have developed some strategies for engaging with these children and getting natural, happy expressions as quickly as possible.(…)
If you read photography forums, you are probably aware that toddlers are supposed to be a photographers nightmare. They don’t listen to instructions, move all the time, run away from you whenever they can, drive their parents crazy, throw your props away and will probably hate all of the brilliant ideas that you had carefully prepared when you planned the shoot. I have to admit that every single thing in this list is true (and can be even worse in real life).(…)
The first year of a child’s life is filled with awe and amazement. It’s a time of many changes for a family and many opportunities to make new memories. It is a time, that as a photographer, we get to stop time when babies keep growing. For parents, they simply want beautiful images of their equally beautiful baby.
Educating parents in the process that we take is a very important part of the experience and memories tied to the portraits we(…)