Tips for Taking Great Photos of Kids

Now that practically no one uses camera film anmore, we don’t have to worry about wasting money developing awful pics of our kids. But we still have to worry about wasting time taking dozens of pics. In this guest post, Ken McDonald tell us how to up your chances of geting that gorgeous shot of the kids without having to keep everyone captive for hours.

There’s in old adage in the film production world that says: “Never work with children or animals.” This logic can be applied to portrait photography as well. That’s because, as any parent can attest to, getting a young child to sit still for an extended period of time often proves to be a difficult undertaking. But that’s no reason portrait photographers should shy away from children subjects. Under the right circumstances child photographs can turn out particularly well. Not only that, but a good child portrait can provide a lifetime of happiness to the parents.

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Some shameless gushing–but not about myself

My amazingly talented daughter, Tirzah, just finished her junior year at Bard College in upstate New York (Annandale-on-Hudson, for all you Steely Dan fans). She’s a photography major, and over the past year produced a wonderful body of work. Okay, I’ll admit to being  a little biased, but once you take a look at her online portfolio, I’m sure you’ll agree. You’ll just have to take my word that she’s also delightful, smart, funny, and beautiful. Am I sounding enough like a proud dad?

Here’s a link to Tirzah’s portfolio.