By Scott Shephard
A few years ago a student who was cataloguing my incompetence as a photography teacher listed this complaint: we didn't learn how to photograph children because "he hates children."
Ouch! While it's true that child photography isn't one of the things we talked about in the photo program, it wasn't because I "hated children." Frankly, it was that I found taking photos of children to be very challenging. And in a studio setting, where you are trying to get kids to look good for the camera, it takes a talent I don't have to get good results.
My style of people photography generally requires me to disappear. I think most subjects are at at their most photogenic when they aren't thinking they are being photographed. The photo of Glenyce Jane from a couple days ago is an example of this. And so is this photo of my nephew's daughter Evie.
Of course doesn't hurt when the subject is not only photogenic, as Evie is, but also has a wonderful sense of style. Evie came to our Christmas eve gathering dressed in a dark blue pleated outfit, complete with pillbox hat. She looked liked she had stepped out of another era. Move over Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O!
Canon 5DIII 1/60s f/4.0 ISO640 82mm