Photographing Children

Expressions of Kids

Capturing Real Life

I just love the expressions of kids.  At some point in a persons life, they start growing shy of the camera.  Not of their own camera obviously, because selfies are a must in most peoples lives.  But, when they see a DSLR pointed in their direction, they turn, shout “NO” and/or run away. But not kids.

In fact, sometimes it’s hard to have them play down the cameras presence.  Who cares though.  If you can capture some shots of realism – let them run the show.

It Don't Fit

Photographers are taught and strongly encouraged to get the eyes in the shot.  Albeit very true and important, sometimes you can’t and shouldn’t.  This girl is so focused on getting the food on her fork.  If I had called out her name she would have looked up and it would have been a nice shot, but I much prefer this.

Kids Portrait

In this shot, the eyes are necessary.  She’s inviting us in to her world, which currently consists of this wonderful dessert that she may or may not share with us.  Her eyes, along with her smile, tell such a wonderful story.

Kiddos

This photo is a mixture of posed and spontaneity. I gathered the kids but they all made up their individual minds on how they wanted to be shot.  Take a look at the redhead in the left lower corner versus the blond girl next to her.  How about the young man in the back?  Everyone is in their own little world, telling their own story.

Kids Running

From a technical standpoint, this shot is awful.  It’s over-exposed and under-exposed.  If this was entered into a contest it would get thrown out immediately.  Who cares.  I love it.  It shows the joy of these kids running, playing and having fun.  In such a case, the rules get thrown out.

the look

Again, in this shot, the eyes are essential – the girls’ that is – not her dads.  I’m sure that her eyes speak something different to me, since I was in the moment with her, than they do to others who look at this picture. Regardless, they are telling a story.

Kids at Play Run, Run, Run

I love these two pictures because, as a parent, there are NO electronic devices.  It’s kids running, playing, having fun, the way I did growing up – the way kids should have fun.

Cooper's Eyes

This may look posed to some, but I saw this young man sitting on a bench just trying his all to keep warm.

As a photographer, my preferred way to approach a shoot with children is to let them play, have fun with them and allow them to be themselves.  That is one of the reasons that most shoots will take a couple of hours, at least.  I often hear from parents, “my kids won’t last that long.”  If we are trying to pose them the entire time that is probably true.  Instead, let’s get together and play – the time will fly by and we will come out of it with some fantastic memories, in pictures.

Joe Randeen
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Bands of Santiago Sharks Concert Photo

Event Photography for Programs

Event Photography

I had the pleasure of photographing the Bands and Color Guard for Santiago High School for two seasons now.  This year I was asked to design the programs for the Band Concerts. My experience in event photography came in handy.  Most of the photographs needed to be taken in low-light situations, both indoor and outdoors.

I love photographing events such as concerts, dance and theater performances, especially with kids and young adults because these photographs will become mementos for them and their children.

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These two initial programs needed both color and black and white photographs.  I wanted individual shots or the musicians as well as group shots.  At the time, most of the photographs I had shot were those of the marching band season, yet both programs where concerts.  That forced me to ‘fake’ some of them.  That is, I shot rehearsal, and close ups to give the sense of concert shots.  After the first event I increased the number of shots I could draw from.

At the time of posting this, there was a gallery of photos to draw from. (Depending on when you read this the gallery may no longer be available).

There is also an event page at EVENTS as well as at 500px.

Pop-Up Flash Help – Puffer

Puffer by Gary FongDuring this holiday season you will, undoubtedly, be taking a lot of family photos indoors. Your trusty DSLR will notice that there isn’t enough light in the room and active the little pop-up flash. You snap the photo and look at the small screen on the back of the camera. WOW – IS THAT BRIGHT.

The light is bright, unflattering and looks nothing like the moment in time you were hoping to capture.

If you have no access to a better flash, an off camera flash you’re stuck with that horrid little beast of a pop-flash.  UNLESS…

Gary Fong invented this little gadget that goes a long way to help your flash photography.  Granted, it doesn’t replace a better flash but it does make the most of your pop-up flash.

Check it out for yourself on Amazon.

Gary Fong Puffer Pop Up flash Diffuser for DSLR’s CANON / NIKON / OLYMPUS / PENTAX (excluding Canon T4i)