Cleveland Child Photography

24 Nov

Photographing Toddlers

I love photographing kids! People ask me how I can do it all day, every day, but I love it! Kids are unpredictable, funny, expressive, and just fun… what’s not to enjoy about capturing all of that?!? Over the five years I’ve been a child photographer in Cleveland and DC, I’ve developed a style that seems to work for me, the kids, and the parents. For me, photographing kids, especially toddlers, is as much about my interactions with the kids, as it is about my photographic technique… After all, if the kid doesn’t like me, he/she is not going to relax and let their guard down enough to enable me to capture portraits that truly represent who they are. That’s my goal… to produce a photograph that captures the essence of the subject. If he is serious, then let’s see that. If she’s a performer, I want to show that… Pensive, thoughtful, sweet, coy, mischievous, goofy… whatever the personality is, I want to show it! So how do I go about doing that…?
First of all, I want the kids to not feel intimidated by the large camera I’m holding. I want them to be interacting with me during our photo session. I begin by allowing them to warm up to me, and getting to know them. Are they shy? Do they like peek-a-boo? Will they start crying if I make a scary face? Once I get a feel for what makes them tick, we can start taking the pictures. If we’re in the studio, I need to work with them to keep them where the lights will reach… Playing games, distracting them, sometimes (often) making a fool of myself!! When we’re outside for a natural light, on-location session, the photo shoot has a whole different feel. This is my favorite type of shoot for toddlers because they can go where they want! I follow them wherever they go, and they feel free to explore, climb, play and have fun. Outside, we can get the most variety and the most natural expressions in the portraits, and often with the least amount of hesitation from the kids. The at-home photo session is another great option for toddlers– they are most comfortable in their own environment, and often have so much fun showing off all of their toys, blankies, and favorite places.
Wherever we take the pictures, one thing always stays the same… that is my approach. I always want to make sure the kids have fun. Having photos taken should not be like going to the dentist for a kid! They should have a great experience so they’re excited next year when it’s time for their anual portraits. I work to become their friend. To learn about who they are. I litterally get down on their level (mentally and physically). Doing this not only yields better images, but allows the kids to feel comfortable, which to me makes all the difference.

 

Toddlers are so much fun!

Toddlers are so much fun!

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27 Sep

Family Photo Video Slideshow

Here is a sample of the new and improved video slideshows we’re presenting your photos with…!  This video is from a outdoor location session that was part Bar Mitzvah photos, part family photos, and part child portraits.  These videos have been a huge hit in the studio– so many people have wanted to take them home with them, give them as gifts to grandparents, or even post them to Facebook, that we’ve added them to our product line!

Check it out!

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1 Sep

August Photography Recap

August was a great month– filled with weddings, lots of pregnancy and newborn sessions, and tons of family photos, both in the studio and outdoors with natural light!  Here is a slideshow featuring a little bit of every photo session from August 2009.  Can’t wait to see what September brings…!

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28 May

Perfect Little Ladies

This family photo session was a part of a bigger surprise photo shoot for Grandma & Grandpa’s anniversary… Shhhhh!   I met these little ladies years ago through the Playmatters mini-sessions, and have been lucky enough to photograph them numerous times!  This was the first time we involved Mom & Dad, and went outside for an outdoor family portrait session.  

 

Miss A and Miss E are the sweetest little angels-- always so polite & sweet!  But thank goodness Mom brought those Smarties!!

Miss A and Miss E are the sweetest little angels-- always so polite & sweet! But thank goodness Mom brought those Smarties!!

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8 Apr

Mini-Sessions at the Avon, Ohio Playmatters are off to a great start!

This past Saturday we began this Spring’s installment of mini photo sessions at Playmatters Toystore in Avon.  With only a few time slots unfilled, we saw many familiar faces, and got to meet some adorable new ones!  As always we want the kids to have fun during their photo session, so this year we came armed with a list of questions… Here is a sneak peek at some of our favorite shots from this weekend’s portraits (along with some of our favorite kid quotes)!

Out of the mouths of babes...

How beautiful are these two?? They make my job too easy :-)

Here are some more of this weekend's adorable kids!

Here are some more of this weekend's adorable kids!

Pickup date for the April 4th photo sessions is April 18th.  At that time, you’ll find out how to see the rest of your kids’ pictures online!

There aren’t many spaces left for the other sessions, so don’t wait too long to sign up!  Call 216-229-PICS (7427) to reserve your space.

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