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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.

Bands of Santiago Sharks

Great Year With The Band

I am nearly finished spending a great year photographing BOSS (Bands of Santiago Sharks).  These young musicians led by Kris Parish and Joe Dudek comprise the award-winning bands that have marched in the Rose Parade and performed at Carnegie Hall, just to name two.

It started off just before school started, at “band camp”.  Three days of MARCHING under the hot sun.  Most of the kids didn’t know me, nor where they entirely comfortable having a camera pointed at them.  This quickly changed.  Over this past year they have learned to ignore me, in a good way.  It’s been a combination of me becoming somewhat invisible to them and they becoming more comfortable with the camera.

The first half of the season they MARCHED – football games, parades and competitions.  The second half, they performed in one of four bands and/or one of four jazz ensembles.  In being the photographer, documenting there growth visually, I had the added honor of hearing them grow as musicians.  This is especially exciting since my son is involved, playing multiple instruments in multiple bands. I spent a large portion of my life in the music business as a player, audio engineer and producer.

It’s been an amazing ride.  I got 7 more years to go with BOSS, can’t wait to see what is captured.

For more images go to 3penguins.shootproof.com/santiago

Joe Randeen
3 Penguins Photography
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Black and White or Color

Black and White or Color?

After you take a photograph you many find yourself faced with the following question: black and white or color? Each type can create a completely different emotion or convey a differnt message to the viewer.

A couple of weeks ago I took the following photograph of a young boy in front of a brick wall with a painted sign on it.  It’s a nice photograph, warm, conveying some attitude on part of the boy despite the fact that the sign next to him states, “drop on it.”

Drop On In Color

The sign on the wall looked much more vintage that what this “color” photograph could convey.  Plus, this boy is wearing crocks with blue socks and a modern t-shirt.  I wanted a more vintage feel so I converted it to black and white. What do you think?

Drop On In - black and white

Albeit, the photo doesn’t look totally vintage, but it does certainly convey a different message and emotion from that of the color version. It takes the focus away from the blue socks and crocks and brings the majority of focus back to his face and the message, “drop on in.”

Color vs Black and White

Here’s another example: a wedding party in front of a graffiti wall.  Do you see how “different” the emotion that each version conveys?

Challenge: Take a look at your photographs and see what they would look like in a black and white version.  You may like it better.

Joe Randeen
3 Penguins Photography