In my almost three years experience in photography doing a photo shoot on location is one of the challenges a photographer must be able to conquer. There are a lot of factors to consider to be able to have a successful on location shoot. Continue reading Project 52 – Week 4 On Location
I am starting a new project this year, one photo for each week for the whole year hence PROJECT 52. Each week I would be publishing a photo or photos with a specific theme and for this week it would be Happy Child.
I took this photo during one of the events, actually the last event, I got to cover for 2014. It is his first birthday and this was before the party started when guests were just starting to arrive. Although they say that child photography is one of the most difficult genre, I find it very fulfilling. Unlike working with adults or models where you can give out instructions, with child photography you have to be very patient to get the shot and create an atmosphere that would make the child comfortable with the camera.
One time, even before we began shooting, I got told by the child right to my face that she doesn’t want to have her pictures taken by me. It was a good thing that the child’s mother thought about faking it so that it would seem she was the one taking pictures using her cellphone. After the shoot and the child saw her photos, she can’t wait to have another session with me.
Child photography might be difficult but for me it is the most fulfilling.
Photo taken with Canon EOS 600D with Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens.
In a country that is predominantly Roman Catholic and a society that is conservative and traditional, glamor photography is very difficult to execute. Compared to the Western societies where they are more open-minded with this kind of photography, here in the Philippines photographers have hurdles to overcome when undertaking a glamor photo shoot and here are a couple of the most common. Continue reading Difficulty with Glamor Photography
Besides landscape photography, I like doing child photography because of the challenges that it gives me as a photographer. Unlike doing fashion photo shoots or even sexy photo shoots, a child will not hold a pose for the photographer or will have a pose ready to shoot. Instead it is the job of the photographer to have a keen eye, an accommodating outlook and a quick trigger finger to capture that shot, that perfect moment.
Just like the scene of the photo below, it might look staged but it was not as I have to follow the movement of these two and let them do what they would normally do to get this shot. Kids will be playful and they will have their tantrums and sometimes get sleepy during a photo shoot so as a photographer I have learned to be patient. So I parent would ask me how long will a photo shoot take and my reply would be I normally don’t set a time or how many hours a photo shoot will last as these factors are dependent on the child.
Another thing that I had learned with child photography is that the best time to have a photo shoot with a child is right after they awoke from sleep. Though this is easier when the shoot will be indoors but when it is done outdoors which I prefer, more planning on the part of the photographer is required as more factors are to be considered. A child will get easily irritated when it is already hot and as a photographer I don’t like doing a shoot when the sun is at its peak or almost at its peak as this gives a too harsh of a light and also produces very dark shadows on the subject.
Now after all that you might ask why I still like doing child photography and my answer would be the fulfillment of getting these kinds of shots. Shots that would capture these moments, moments that will not be repeated again. The satisfaction that I see on the parents faces when I deliver the photos to them is another bonus that I get when doing child photography. Knowing that they will have something to look back to when their kids are all grown up and has lives of their own is also one of the factors that drives me to get the best shots as possible.