Axel & Phebe

Today I did a family photoshoot with Jody, Renske, Axel and Phebe.

For this shoot I had some compositions in mind, but those went straight out of the window once I started shooting these little bundles of energy.
Children are very hard to direct and I quickly realised  it’s better to just go with the flow. It turned out to be more of a reportage style of photoshoot, but I think it worked out pretty well.

I can see myself doing this more often.
It was a cool experience… I had a great time!

Thanks guys.

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Dolphins

“Are we going to watch the dolphins now?”
“Just a few more nights and then we’re going to watch them. ”

“Are we going to watch the dolphins now?”
“First just play a little bit with your brother.”

“Are we going to watch the dolphins now?”
So exited… Can’t blame her. They’re such gracious, beautiful animals…

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Party over Here

Here is a nice idea for a treat for your kid’s first birthday to give as a present to the other kids in the daycare center.

Ingredients:

  • a nice illustration of your kid (drawn by your wife)
  • finger puppets (Ikea has got very cool ones)
  • 200 grams paper, to print the illustration on
  • a box of raisins per treat
  • double-sided tape
  • transparent wrapping paper
  • colourful ribbons
  • some stickers to write the kids names on

 

First you cut out the printed illustration.
Then tape the raisins box to the back of the illustration at its base, so it can stand stable.
Put a finger puppet over the hand of your illustrated kid.
Wrap it up as a nice present.
Finally stick the sticker on the back of the wrapping paper…

et, viola! 🙂

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The images above were shot in low light conditions with the Fujifilm X-E1 using a 28mm and 35mm lens. I just used the jpg files sooc. Some minor curve adjustments and sharpening (which I’m still not sure if it was necessary) were done afterwards in Photoshop.

Ilvy in the Studio

Just before Christmas last year, my cousin asked me if I could take some photos of her daughter. Me, having in mind to set up this website already for a while, and trying to scrape bits and pieces together to collect some content to fill this website, eagerly said YES!

However, I had never shot children before in a studio environment. This would be my very first… Reading up a little on the internet I decided to use 1 softbox and 1 umbrella and one reflector to get the lighting right. Only problem with children is, they don’t usually stay in the spotlight for a very long time and like to run around the place rather than look at you, when you tell them to.

It was quite a challenge. But just as with Street Photography, with Kids Photography you shouldn’t be shy! Funny faces and making weird sounds to (try to) get the shots you want, are mandatory with children. But I think all and all it turned out pretty well in the end!

… Well, at least Ilvy was very happy! 😉

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