One of the beauties of photography is being able to catch someone in the act. It’s what I would call still video, because it adds so much life to an image.
Here are a few tips that will help you magnify he effectiveness in your shot.
- Always have your camera cued up before you find a subject
- Keep your camera on the appropriate settings
- Being still and making observations is most important
- It’s imperative that you have your subject in viewing range while not paying attention.
A great example is this is exemplified in the shot I created. I was in Whole foods grocery store. I had my camera on hand; when I captured one of the most moving images of a mom and her five children. She gave the boys instructions on where to find items she wanted. They were listening very carefully . I’ve held on to this photo for many years. Often times I wish I could have sent her a copy. It is just a precious time spent with her little ones.
Capture your children while there sleeping , having a conversation amongst one another or at play. Don’t let them see you. The best shots are the natural expression and mood. Honestly anyone can shoot candids, because there is so much freedom. As a photographer I take it to another level looking far and wide, for that one in a million shot. Like this one. Most people would have been afraid to be this up close and personal without any awareness. That’s what makes a great candid shot! Get out there and try it. You’ll create better images.
These are my girls. The younger one in the long sleeves is actually my niece, but I helped raise her, like a daughter. She received all of her shots along with my son and daughter . I have photo albums of her growing up and I can tell you every cute little story about her when she was a baby. When she was little she’d call me Aunt Mama. I thought it was so cute. Her mother didn’t raise her. Therefore, I was the closet thing to being a mom to her.
One hot summer day, my daughter decided to help my niece ride her bike. This brought so much joy to my heart to see them riding together. My daughter always said she bugged her when they were growing up. She followed her where ever she went and wanted to be like her. It was out of admiration ; she looked up to her like a big sister. Back then it seemed as if , my niece was so much younger than my daughter. In essence they are only 5 years apart. In lady years, this mean you are the same age. Females have so many challenges to face, the commonality makes us the same age for sure.
I can’t believe how much time has past. I taught my daughter to drive a car and now I’m teaching my niece. Where did the time go? It’s frightening , but I have to let them go. Being independent is part of life. It’s healthy and natural . Yet, it doesn’t erase the fears of letting them go out in the world. They have to face disappointments, just as I did. No one is shield from it. Men will hurt them , jobs will reject them and people will let them down.
As a mother, I wish I could hold them and rock them, the way I use too. Each night I’d give them a bath, give them a snack before bed and massage their faces and backs until they were sleep. I remember the 3 am feedings and the early morning fevers. There was the time my daughter was a newborn and she was so constipated. I took her to Kroger at 2am, in my jammies to get a jar of apple juice. She screamed the entire time in the grocery store. I opened the jar of juice in the store and placed one of her nipples on it, from her bottle. As she sucked on that juice, I got in line to pay for it. She was a huge infant. My angel was a 10 pounder at birth. God’s work is amazing the way HE enabled her to fit in my tiny body.
One of the fondest memories of my niece was her loud piercing screams. She’d startle me with the scream. The weird thing is, she’d scream anytime she was excited while playing. No one could play games with her unless they were ready for the scream. Some times I’d have her sit down and rest to calm down. The more excited she got, the more she would scream. It drove me nuts!
Now my little girls are no longer little. They are 20 and 25 years old. I’m so proud of them. Yet, I cry when I see them drive away.