One of my favorite things to do introduce kids to photography. Yes, I like to take pictures OF them, but taking pictures WITH them is a whole new ballgame. I give them a camera and give them basic tips like “get real close” aka filling the frame. You really need to figure out how much information they can handle and execute.
I’ve also realized that children nowadays only know about digital cameras because that’s what they see their parents using. When I shoot film with them, they always ask me to see the back of the camera, looking for the LCD screen.
I don’t do any actual film developing, but the final part of the project is to drop off the cameras/film at the local drug store and go back after an hour to get the prints. It’s interesting to see what kind of shots they get. I love the perspective of their pictures, most of which are shots really low to the ground or portraits from low angles…oh right, because the kids themselves are short. See, it’s so
funny much fun.
The image above is my friend’s daughter Bethany, taken on our photo walk in Golden Gate Park. Funny, she shoots with her left eye, just like me.
Caught at Niece #2′s birthday party last week. I feel bad. Look at the fear in his eyes…
Still procrastinating on my final project.
Two 2-year olds standing by two trees.
At some park in the East Bay.
Yo Gabba Gabba! birthday cupcakes from Abby’s 2nd birthday party. You should see Jack Black as special guest star.
Outside a classroom.
A rural school in Hunan, China.
I’ve been taking a lot of pictures of kids and families lately, which is a little unusual for me. Anyways, not sure why I focused on her. I just saw and shot. Perhaps I could have refocused on the shoes AFTER taking the picture with this new camera.
I took the picture as we were coming in from playing outside in the yard. She’s balancing by holding onto my pants with her left hand. That’s 2-yr old talent right there.
Not the best picture, but I thought I’d share with the developed world.
Hunan, China. 2010.
Temperature: about 40 degrees Celsius (~104 degrees F) with 90% humidity.
Abby (23 mos.) trying to put Janie’s (1 mo.) socks back on.
I guess there’s really nowhere to put that small “baby on board” sign that people place in the back window of their cars to encourage safe driving. I can’t imagine my sister biking around like this with Abby.
Image taken while I was riding my bike. I don’t really like it because it’s slightly blurry. I suppose I should have adjusted my settings a little better.
Narnia (Beijing, China. 2010.)
From Abby’s first visit to the Academy of Sciences today. Why does she always look so funny in strollers? Remember her as a Cabbage Patch doll? I could have titled this “I can’t put my arms down!” or “Abby ready for double sticky hands.” The dark shadow you see in the upper right is not some special vignetting–it’s Gong Gong (Grandpa) trying to get in the picture with her. She was tired after spending 2 hours in the aquarium, so I didn’t ask to re-take the picture.
Not the greatest picture, but I loved the moment. David duChemin actually just published a blog post today saying if you want better portraits, wait for the soul. Perhaps I should have waited for their eyes to open.
Photo taken in 2009 at a school in Shanghai with my medical team. You might recall other pictures from the same school.
I is for In-N-Out
My niece Abby and her first In-N-Out burger– a grilled cheese, of course.
Feb. 5, 2011
Gideon at 3 months.
And just in case you don’t know the situation.
This was taken at the end of last month at a wedding rehearsal. The ring-bearer (~age 2) kept trying to kiss my niece (the flower girl, ~age 16mos.) on the mouth. I caught this one.
Random chubby kid wearing an emperor’s hat. The lady was really nice and allowed me to take a couple pictures. I think I mis-focused a little.
Seen at the Forbidden City, Beijing, China.
Went swimming with Abby today. Well, I didn’t actually swim, just went and took pictures. The lines in this image are all wonky.
Dang it, I blew out the windows and the table, but I still like this picture. Remember this one?
I’ve posted a picture of Enzo before. Here’s one I took with his dad’s new D700. I was actually playing around with the camera and taking pictures of Enzo when he bust out this face on me. Apparently, his dad liked it so much he used it on the evite for Enzo’s 1st birthday party.
I like how her Crocs are on backwards.