Prop/pose ideas....

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  1. Corry

    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    Ooook....I have a portrait session coming up sometime in the next month (gotta figure out the exact date yet!), and my subjects are going to be two liiittle liiiittle girls! A 1 year old and a 2 1/2 year old....I plan to take them to the park, and do some there, and now that I have a decent place for my studio, will probably do some in there if possible, as well. I've only done one other portrait session so far, and it was a little boy, so I've only got boy props at the moment. I do have a small wooden rocking chair, and a kid sized park bench that I definately plan to use...but other than that, I need to figure out some props and poses...and could definately use a refresher on tips for working wif widdle ones ( ;) Alison ;) ;) ) :) Oh, and WISH ME LUCK! Oh...and I do plan on doing a lot of candids, but would like to attempt a pose or two.
     
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    aussiemummy TPF Noob!

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    hi. I have only just completed my first official photo shoot. it involved taking photoes of two little girls. one 20 months and one almost 1.
    It was really hard to get them to stay still for very long, so you need to be quick. always use a shutter speed of no less than 1/100 sec. i made the mistake of having a shutter speed of around 1/50, and quite a few of my pics came out blurry because i just wasn't quick enough.

    it's also quite a challenge to get them to look at you when you take the shot. they are usually so imersed in what they are doing that they don't have time to bother with the silly lady with the camera ;)

    as for girls props, you can make a quick and easy tutu from instructions here:
    http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/pg.asp?cmd=display&layout_id=651484

    i had the little girls i photographed sit/play on a little childs wodden chair in front of a white sheet and next to a window.
    that's how i got these shots:
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    HTH. goodluck :)
     
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    aussiemummy TPF Noob!

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    i thought i'd add this too. it's a pic of my daughter in the tutu that i made from the instructions on the link.

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    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    Thank you, those are some cute pictures.

    Anyone else have any ideas or tips for me?
     
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    Soraiden TPF Noob!

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    Great thread guys! This one is helping me as well...

    Going to take some of a 4 year old little girl within the next month or so. Just for a friend...just for fun (practice for me), but these are definitely helping me.

    Thanks :)
     
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    Not sure if you are crafty? Along the same lines as the tutu... little, sparkly fairy wings...could look cute in the park. :) Really easy to make, too!

    The chair & the bench are always classics! :D

    If they are at a park...
    Experiment with the many angles of jungle gyms. :) Waterfountain...hmm...
    Too late in the season for blowing dandelions, but how about the many colors of fall leaves.
    Apples? Apples or bails of hay for fall...
    Picnic blankets
    Tea party in the park?
    A wagon
    Old fashion wheel barrow full of apples, their favorite stuffed toy, or kids!
    I'm not a big fan of wicker...but I have seen some lovely poses with pieces (chairs, baskets, benches, etc.)

    Here's one about child photo tips...
    http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=14337&highlight=child+pose

    I liked this one...
    http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=28315&highlight=pose
     
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    You could have the older one holding the younger ones hand the older standing the younger sitting. Taken with both whole bodies in view. I see it as straight on but maybe another angle would work.
     
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    I can see it.
     
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    As for props, I usually stay with very simple and my favorites are a chair and a little wooden bench. The key to working with very young children is NOT to try and pose them. Little ones have very firm ideas on what they do and more importantly don't want to do. If the youngest is walking, a classic shot is to get them holding hands and walking away from the camera. Most kids this age like to play peek a boo. I got a very reluctant girl to smile a bit by playing that game using my reflector while Aubrey snapped the picture. I've also noticed that children usually photograph the best when they don't realize they are being watching. You're more likely to get a natural smile or expression if you can stay out of view and use a longer range lens, I love my 70-200 for this purpose.

    Also, some of my parent favorites have been pensive looks, or even crying because they capture what the child was really like at that stage. Toddlers have such a range of emotions :D
     
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    Well, a lot of it just depends on the park and the time of the day (where the shadows/light is). One I did in the park with a young one wound up being at his naptime (oy, what a mess) but I got a few passable shots anyway. I would suggest doing the playground equipment ones as sepia or B&W - kinda hides the dirt and scratches.

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    Some others I did were at a botanical gardens and there were lots of stuff to use like a little waterfall and garden statues..even an old hollow tree stump!

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    Wow, LizM, what a great collection... such sweeties, too. I like that tree stump!
     
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    Thanks! And unfortunately I can't take idea credit on the stump. My best friend (like a sister to me for nearly 3 decades) and mom of the cutie (really a terror in disguise) had the idea! But it worked out great!
     

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