“Never work with kids and animals”

November 07, 2010

You’ve all heard this “rule”, right? Yeah, well, I work with kids and pugs, so I ignore it :)

Yesterdays shoot was a fun one. My son goes to a home based daycare, and three of the kids there are the grandkids of the woman who runs it. Dylan loves them :) I was asked to shoot the three for their Christmas cards this year, so we brought them over for a shoot.

I have one rule I try to live by when I shoot kids – we work *fast* :) Kids have limited attention spans, and especially when there are other more interesting things around (like a baby, his toys, some pugs and their toys!) – it can be like trying to herd sheep. Or cats.

So, being well prepared, already setup, pre-meter the lights, pre-set the camera … everything needs to be ready to rock and roll. As a result, within 20 minutes of the young ladies walking in through the front door, we had half a dozen individual shots of each, group shots of them all, group shots of them in pairs, everyone was giggling and we had zero melt downs.

This is the end result of being prepared, working fast and getting the job done as quick as possible!

The magic word … preparation! Lesson learned from Syl Arena – always take a setup shot, and here it is (although I hadn’t put the backdrop up yet)

Thats a 580exII and a 430exII in bounce umbrella’s, set to 1/2 power, with a Genesis 200 in a Nova 22 softbox at the back. All triggered with ebay manual triggers. I’m so close to selling those studio strobes and moving to all speedlites …



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