Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Wait for it

Wait for it . . .

You know the thing I've learned while cruising around this photography business for a few years now, is that a lot of people don't call themselves Child Photographers. Even fewer really LIKE to take pictures of kids.


You see, kids don't stay still, stuff runs out of their noses, they cry at random moments. Some throw a tantrum if Mom walks out of the room. Other's lose their religion if Mom walks into the room.

If you say, "Smile" they make a scrunched up nose, squinty eyes face that shows all of their teeth.


If you say, "Don't smile." All kids under the age of 10 will smile, but all those above the age of 10 really won't smile again for the whole shoot because they're philosophically rebuffed that you tried to treat them like a child.

So my MO for child photography is: follow the child around, suggest lots of normal things for them to do, lots of whacky things for them to do and keep them talking.

And if you're taking pictures of any child under 1 you just have to wait for it.

Wait for it . . .
(click, click, click)Wait for it . . .

(click, click)

Wait for it . . .

(click, click, wipe runny nose, click)


There it is!
Lydia, 8 months

5 comments:

Karen said...

Oh, she is so gorgeous !

Kelly said...

Wow! She is so beautiful! I guess that's what I've been missing - patience.

Jody said...

Thank you girls for the accolades on Lydia's genetic structure. :) We worked really hard on that! And we, too, think she's pretty, pretty, pretty. But we might be a bit biased.

Ginger said...

Cute! Claire looks so much like you and the boys look so much like Mark. Who is this child?? Anyway, she's adorable. And what's an MO? I only know of one meaning and it's not appropriate.

Jody said...

Ginger,
I meant Mode of Operation for MO, sorry if you confused me with someone who would say something inappropriate. I'm sure, I would *never* say something like that! :)