A Father's Day shoot with the Caldarola family was a fun family event on a special day. It also reminded me of a few things to keep in mind when dogs and/or children are part of your photo shoot.
3 Rules to Follow Instead of Waiting for the Perfect Shot
- Go for the arranged shots you planned, but don't waste time waiting for everyone to settle if there is too much fidgeting going on to control. Let it go and stick to rules #2 and #3.
- Be spontaneous. Expect it.
- Keep shooting. Digital allows it easily, and the more shots you take, the better your chances are of capturing the rare moments when they occur.
You never know what's going to happen when you have children and/or animals in your shot. Both are easily distracted, but the key for the photographer is to watch the distraction for those insightful shots that can occur. A child becoming interested in a wildflower may wander to inspect, and take off running with the dog in the next moment. Keep your camera up and follow along. The impromptu changes will challenge you and help you get the shot that makes your artistry stand out.