As many of you may already know, my heart melts for all children and I can assure you that no one child is alike.
In my experience with photographing children is that you have a 15 minute span time to get them to first to trust you, get their interest, and finally grab their focus so you can capture their action and reactions to your directions. As preschool teachers, we teach through play. So, I have learned to apply these skills in my photo sessions with children. A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing Nolan. He is a former preschool student of mine and he has grown to be very dear to my heart.
Nolan, is a very assertive little boy with a big heart. He takes direction well so it was easy for us to have a fun time during the photo shoot session. After our “Bear Hunt”, Nolan, his parents and I had a wonderful picnic and watched the sunset that evening. I felt very special when Nolan let me know that he really liked the sandwich and grapes that I had prepared for the picnic part of the photo session. I later learned through his mom that he enjoyed the photo session so much that he could not stop talking about it and had taken on a new photography project of his own and was now applying “laying down” when taking his new pictures.
Here is a fun page I put together of the “Bear Hunt” of that evening…
– Let’s not forget that we were once children ourselves. Play, laugh and get dirty. ~ Connie Gudino