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Photo Tip: Photographing Toddlers

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I am blessed to have a toddler who is very normal: he won’t sit still for photos. How to get them to stay put, now that is the question. Toddlers, while not well versed in their speaking skills are, in fact, quite able to understand what we say. A recent photo I took of Jacob was only captured because quite literally bribed him. He would not sit on the chair and while he was casually walking away I asked him in a calm voice that if he sat back on the chair and let me take a few photos of him that I would give him an M&M. He stopped in his tracks, turned around, walked right back to the chair, climbed up, sat down, and stared right at me. He actually let me have at it for 5 minutes and then wanted his prize. I am not saying you should regularly bribe children, but as a photographer, you will want to check with the parents before hand what the best thing to offer their toddler may be in a tough situation. Toddlers, while smart, are the most stubbornly illogical and irrational people on the planet. If you want a good photo, you have to pull a few tricks and treats out of your sleeve. The above shots were taken as a result of the offered M&M.

Jen O’Sullivan is a boutique wedding photographer based out of Beverly Hills, California.
She specializes in alternative, photojournalistic wedding photography and is known for capturing the unique definitive moments during your event.

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Photo Tip: Play Tic-Tac-Toe

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One of the basic rules of photography is called the rule of thirds. Simply put, divide your frame into three equal parts horizontally and vertically like a tic-tac-toe board. The visual hot spots are where the lines intersect. Place your main subject or area of interest on one of those hot spots. It is that simple. The hot spots when used correctly will help move the viewer through your photo more fluidly rather than a one stop, bam, right in the center shot. Once you start playing with this method, you may be surprised at how your composition will become more interesting and engaging. You may even notice that you now have to start looking at what is in the background or what falls on the other hot spots. This will make you a better photographer because you will start to pay closer attention to everything that is in your frame. Have fun!

Jen is a boutique wedding photographer based out of Beverly Hills, California.
She specializes in alternative, photojournalistic wedding photography and is known for capturing the unique definitive moments during your event.

To view more helpful photo tips go to JensTips.com and learn something new today!
Copyright © 2009 by Jen O’Sullivan http://www.jenosullivan.com