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This picture uses the "rule of thirds" in its framing. It is also an excellent "side" profile which could easily be used to make a silhouette of Jennifer.

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This picture uses the "rule of thirds" in its framing. It is also an excellent "side" profile which could easily be used to make a silhouette of Jennifer. Watch for the very special moods that only your child has and capture those in a very special picture. Jennifer is a very gentle child & this picture shows that quality. When children are playing in water, there will be many opportunities for great pictures! Because this was an overcast day, there are no washed out areas anywhere in this picture. Sometimes the most gentle pictures that you take of your child can be very beautiful. Notice the focus on Jennifer's eyes, the shallow depth of field on the background, and the rule of thirds being applied. Here you can see that by turning the camera to the vertical format space is not wasted on the sides of Jennifer. Notice, again, the application of the rule of thirds, and, of course, watch that histogram!! When you see a picture like this one, move in close for some images, and then, as in the previous picture, zoom out or walk back for a more complete picture. Keep re-focusing on the eyes, because the eyes say it all!! Josiah has two blow fish named Jade and Bluebird interacting out of the water! The look on Josiah's face is one that only a parent or grand parent is priviledged to capture & share with family & friends! When Josiah is involved in make believe, it takes several pictures to even begin to tell his story! In Josiah's imagination right now this is a real toad! When you photograph your children often, they will play naturally & act as though your not even there! You don't have to photograph your child's face to get a good picture. Child photography can be very natural. It's fun to put water in a laundry tub! The innocense of childhood is beautiful. Children are intrigued by their friends. When you photograph your child often, you will get some great natural pictures that you will come to treasure more than those taken at a studio. Take pictures of your child doing just about everything they do!  You'll be surprised at the ones that turn out to be your favorites! You can almost hear the "wheels & clicks" that Jennifer is having in her mind from this picture!  This picture could also easily be cropped at the left side, or it might have been better if more of Josiah had been included in it too. If you take your pictures on an overcast day,  you will like the results much better than pictures taken when the sun is high on a bright sunny day! If your kids are used to your camera being around them, they will very easily flash a happy smile your way! Jennifer is squeezing water out of a toy frog she has named "Croak!" This picture can easily be cropped to make it a more dramatic picture.  Please see the next picture for the results! Sometimes, the simplest picture will turn out to be one of your favorites! When you capture two pictures that are nearly alike, but still different, they would make great companion photos on canvas to give as a gift to yourself, or someone you love. With a little practice you can get natural pictures of kids like this one.  Fill flash was used here to lighten the shadows on Josiah's face. Josiah checks out a small hurt on his finger.  Because the sun light was on his right shoulder, fill flash was used here so that Josiah's face was not left in deep shadow! Children love to have you record anything that is important to them! You will want to be sure to capture the images of your child and their cherished friends together!  You can ask them to do simple things like what these little girls are doing, and they will be more than happy to comply. Kids will naturally want to "ham it up" for you when you take their picture.  Go ahead and take a couple, but don't encourage too much of this, and pretty soon they will be back to acting natural again.

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