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Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

When photographing families, especially families with young children, I find myself reminding the parents – “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” (Pun intended).  Most people are not comfortable with having a camera pointing at them, even more so young kids. There are those “hams” that love to show off and have fun but, it’s not the norm.

This shoot took place late in the day and even though I knew these kids somewhat, one wanted to showoff and have fun and the other just wanted to go home.  No problem.  I get it.  The moral of the story is that I will still get the shot.  Maybe not exactly as planned but I will get the shot.

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You can see by this shot that the little may not have been at her happiest but it still turned out to be a great shot, in my opinion.

Father and Daughter

Here comes daddy to rescue.  A few tickles and we had her back AND got another great shot of her.

Mother and Daughter

Now mom got a second change with her beautiful and happy girl.

Kardemark Family

Kardemark Family

Siblings

Brother and sister out for a stroll.

Mom and Dad

When all was said and done, we got a great shot of mom and dad.

Boy and His Dogs

A Boy And His Dogs

It’s never easy seeing your kids sick, even if it’s just a cold.  You try and comfort them as much as possible but no one can do it as well as a pet, or so it seems.

When you’re not feeling well there’s nothing like falling asleep with unconditional love.

This is an example of a photo that lends itself much better in black and white rather than color.

KeeganDogsBoth

There are too many shades of the same color and different colors.  It got too busy.  With the shot in black and white the emotion of the photo pops better.

Experiment a bit with your photos.  See what your favorite photo will look like in color and black and white.

- Joe Randeen (Lessons)

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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Buddies

Buddies - Joe Randeen © 3 Penguins Photography

“Bubbies” is a set of 6 shots taken (in succession over about a minute of time) of two friends hanging out.  They were watching the performance of a middle school band playing on a stage at Disneyland.  A conversation ensued during some loud percussion.  I love their expressions.  Nothing that could be set up.  It happened.  Goes back to what nearly every photographer will tell you – “Always have a camera ready to shoot.”