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Childrens Portrait Shoot

I had the pleasure of doing some Kids Portraits with Lucy and Emma recently, and while photographing children can be challenging there are some simple things you can do to make things run smoothly.

Emma, Childrens Portrait
Emma, Childrens Portrait

Firstly be realistic. Kids have a relatively short attention span, so don’t expect to get more than twenty mins with them before the Natives start to get Restless. Try to keep your setup as simple as possible. In this case I pulled a few curtains and used window light and a white reflector. This means that there are less things for you to worry about and also less things to distract the kids.

Secondly, you absolutely need to know your camera settings inside out. While adults will be patient while you work out some technical difficulties, kids won’t. If it tales you ten minutes to work out your camera settings, then you have just lost half your shooting time.

One of the things I always do when I first talk to them, is advise the parents to dress the kids in relatively plain and simple outfits. While kids love strong colours/patterns/text, it can date very quickly and be very distracting. I also warn them that there is a €5 fine for using the S Word (SMILE).

After that it’s just a question of engaging with the children and working with the parents, and hopefully they will sit/stand still long enough for you to get the shots.

Finally, as they say in the Boy Scouts, Be Prepared. Often the best images are the ones you get in between the posed shots. In the first image Emma was starting to get tired and her Mum was helping to calm her and comfort her. I really like this image, as you can feel the bond between a mother and her child.

In the second image, just as we were finishing up, Lucy started messing and pretending she was a model without being prompted. So I picked my camera back up and got this shot.

Lucy, Childrens Portrait
Lucy, Childrens Portrait

Photography Workshop for Fashion Retail Outlet

Great workshop with Jiliana, Lorraine and Ciara from Place Gorey. In this session we worked on basic camera settings and played with several different “Three Light Setups” so that Juliana and the team at Place can take consistent, high quality images for use on their Web Site and Social Media.

Place Gorey, Photography Workshop
Place Gorey, Photography Workshop

Next session will concentrate on lighting for product images, jewellery/accessories and some post processing using Adobe Lightroom.

Place Gorey, Photography Workshop
Place Gorey, Photography Workshop

We will also be checking homework! Start taking lots of images for next week.

P.S. Sorry Lorraine, the only shot I had of the behind the scenes setup was one with your eyes closed. I promise I’ll make up for it next week.

Event Photography Tips and Challenges.

When photographing events, particularly public events, you generally have no control over your environment. You have to deal with bad and changing light, schedules and itineraries are a moving target and the event organisers have no idea how minor changes can have huge implications for photographers.

The image below was take at a recent public street music festival. The light was very low level LED Lighting which was constantly changing in intensity and colour. The violinist was right at the side of the stage and only lit infrequently.

Tasmanian Dust Devils, Party in Pink
Tasmanian Dust Devils, Party in Pink


After moving five or six times, I finally found a spot where I thought I might be able to get a shot. I then spent several minutes figuring out what camera settings would work and then after taking shots for another ten minutes I finally got a few images that I was happy with.

If you want to get that difficult shot you have to;

– Be patient and spend time figuring out which is the best angle to shoot from taking the available light into account.

– Know your camera settings inside out, so you can get the most out of your equipment. (RTFM, Read The Fecking Manual)

– Don’t expect to get the shot straight away. It will often take several minutes, but sometimes a lot longer, before the right opportunity presents itself.