Photography, Portrait Studio and Children

I have been a photographer for many years and a portrait photographer for children and adults for only about a year. There is quite a bit of difference in taking photos of sporting events outside and shooting humans inside a studio. There are of course the lighting, and the fact that you are shooting indoors versus outdoors are the obvious. A few points I would like to make is about people in photographs. When you’re in a portrait situation, all are dressed in a fashion for the scene or shots for developing and maneuvering of poses. The outdoor photographs of sporting events like surfing, for example is quite different, its action, then shoots. There is no posing of people, they are as they stand.

This brings me into the portrait studio, where most of the time one is shooting children and they don’t pose or they over pose. There are props used for children to keep them occupied and to fill the voids in the shots. Its pure mayhem and chasing around little Johnny to get him to sit still is another talent that I think is the parents responsibility. That being said, the adults don’t usually say much about their bratty little child running around the studio and tearing up props and making the shoot a total hair puller for the photographer. I have to say that being a portrait photographer for little children is not my cup of tea. I have given in and up to shooting little children and will never return to this fiasco ever again. The end results of the pictures are usually fairly decent; because that’s the way the child acts at home. This is evident as per the mother or father commenting on the poses while showing the pictures to sell. Well enough of this is what I finally said, even though the money was quite good, yet was not worth the headache of chasing the little runts around my studio.

Therefore, I think if you are used to shooting sporting events like me and not having posers for so many years. One gets use to it, and the shots just come naturally and then look good. I don’t pull my hair out when I am shooting a sporting event or architectural structure. There is a sense of calmness to being a photographer that is not had in the studio where all is closed up. There are natural props that I use in outdoor shootings and I don’t usually have to re-arrange these. The use of props is one obstacle I never even thought of when I first started shooting portrait photography and how fake it is. There are some magnificent portrait photographers and use their props just right for the shot. I just don’t have the patience, nor do I like the fake element added to my photography.

I am an au-natural photographer that enjoys seeing the real surfer take on a wave and catching the action, instead of a child crying for ten minutes because of my lights in the studio. This is just my opinion on shooting outdoors versus shooting indoor portraits. The idea of photographing a very beautiful lady nude in a portrait setting is great and you get real lines and real flesh. This is the added plus to portrait photography is the adults you do get to shoot. Not all children are bad, yet lets face it, if your young and ready to play, you do not want to be in a hot studio with lights and fake props to get that shot mommy has to have for that month or year of their child.

This is just a little bit informative for those who shoot photography for business and for fun. We have our own challenges and this was one of mine and still is and will be as long as I am a photographer. What bothers me is forcing someone to smile and pose when they don’t want it. There is nothing right about this type of situation. There is also no excuse for putting infants just out of the hospital into a photography studio, they should be at home nursing or being a baby.

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