Good Day Everyone!
I thought spring was here to stay, but after hearing the extended weather report this morning it's questionable. They say the temps for a low could dip back down into the 30's this weekend. We enjoy winter weather, for we snowmobile, but I’m over it for this year, let the warm weather come to stay, for golf leagues have started and I admit I’m a fair weather golfer. ;~D
One thing about taking pictures of my grandchildren especially the young ones is that they know me to well and not afraid to take off running or want me to pick them up or be in my lap. I often wonder how they would be if another photographer who they didn’t know were to photograph them if they would stay put better. With that being said, a few posts back I wrote about taking pictures of my youngest granddaughters and that I needed to come up with a new plan of attack to take photos of the two year old, Ava. Well this blog is about my plan and the outcome of my attempt. The one thing about two year olds is that you can only count on them being attentive for about 2 to 3 minutes at a time then you better give them a break or change it up to keep their attention. So my plan of attack for this session was to put the camera on a tripod so I didn’t have to be behind the camera and I could move around easier. It was set up to focus on an area where I placed a chair where I was going to try and have Ava sitting. Then I would use a remote control where I could trigger the shutter from in front of the camera. With a clean fuzzy duster (never used for the purpose it was designed for) that is about three feet long works as a tickler (I think I need a longer handled one though). I could be close to her talking, playing and teasing, and tickling her then I would jump back out of line of the camera and take a picture with the remote. Neither, Ava nor Olivia realized that I was taking pictures at first. The plan definitely gave me a better outcome than previous attempts. Although before to long Ava was more interested in sitting behind the camera to see the pictures that I was taking.
One of my favorite photos of Ava, even if she wasn’t smiling in it, was from the last set of photos that I took. I had some fake rose petals and was trying to get her to throw a hand full up in the air. I was throwing a few from the side to show her what I wanted her to do. I manage to get one where she is squatting down picking up some petals from the floor looking up where I was throwing some petals into the frame. I love that shot. Over all I feel like the plan was a success, it resulted in some of the best pictures that I have gotten of Ava since she has been able to walk/run around. The main downside of this procedure is that I have to shoot wide and not able to get close ups. Since the attention span of young ones is short lived, the close ups will have to be another attempt, on another day. Stay tuned to see what happens the next time it may end up being another blog post.
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P.S. As always, comments welcomed.