{A Two-For} Westfield, New Jersey Child Photographer

Over at Shutter Sisters today, Kristin write on her secret to really capturing those “in the moment” images.  Her trick is a very good one.  I’ve been known to do it, but I admit, I don’t have much practice in that type of shooting.  I’m very bad at getting my camera at the right angle to actually capture something in that way.

My trick is similar with my girls.  In this picture, I started her talking on her favorite subject.  You can see her forming the words, it is literally on the tip of her tongue.  Sssshhhhhaaaarks. I asked her questions about them that were open ended – no “yes or no” questions, or else the “shoot” will be over before it starts.  I asked her things like, “what is your favorite sea creature?” “what colors do sharks come in?” “where do sharks play?” and “what do they play?” on and on.  While this is going on, I didn’t really make eye contact or get too excited.  I fiddled with my camera like I was trying to change the settings, very passive about the whole thing.  I would lift it up, shoot a frame or two, and again act like I was changing a setting.  Talking the entire time to her.

She won’t look at the camera. EVER. Well, unless it is some total stranger then she’ll go right up to them and give them the most gorgeous smile.  But anyway, this is my trick and it is all I can do.  It is how I got these shots, and these shots.  And, I know they aren’t perfect in a technical sense, but to me they really don’t get much better than this.  They really capture little bits of her personality.

P.S. – I want to make this: http://ashleyannphotography.com/blog/2010/08/05/diy-chicken-wire-frame-memory-card-clips/

  • sharks! i love that she loves sharks! so perfect.
    i love her expressive eyes.
    thanks for sharing with us on SS today meg!

  • These are awesome conversation starters. Thanks for the tip. Your photo above is awesome but I absolutely love the one with a yellow flower in her hair. Stunning!

  • Hmm. I will have to try that. I have a bit of the opposite problem. My son seeks the lens out in such a vicious manner that it’s impossible to capture his true personality. all I get are frames full of a crinkled nose and snaggle tooth, semi-growl.

    Maybe trying this it would slow him down a bit.