Number Four

March 18, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Tip of the Week: Always have a camera ready (especially with children around). There is a popular saying among photographers that "the best camera is the one with you". You can never predict the next photo opportunity, so it's best if you keep a camera ready to capture the special moments when they happen. I like to leave a camera out when I'm playing with my daughter in case something happens that I want to photograph. When she came out of the room wearing her mom's shoes, I knew that was a great photo opportunity....I grabbed the camera on the table next to me and started taking photos without her noticing. If I had to go to another area of the house to retrieve the camera, she would probably quit playing with the shoes to follow me (ruining the possible candid photo opportunity).

If something does happen when I don't have my camera available, I make a mental note to have my camera with me for the next opportunity. I did not have my camera with me the first time I washed Amelia off in the sink after eating spaghetti for lunch (she is a big spaghetti fan). I knew that the next time that we had spaghetti that I would need to have a camera ready because I loved the natural light coming in the window on her face. I waited a few weeks later for another sunny day to have spaghetti and I made sure that the camera was waiting beside the sink after the meal. The mixture of natural light, red sauce, and blue eyes make the photo for me. Even though the image is a 'planned candid' it remains as one of my favorites.

   

 


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