Family Portraits and the Art of Manipulating Children

Kids are funny. They are miniature adults in a lot of ways. They don't like to be told what to do anymore than adults do. Just like adults, they may do as they are told because they feel like they have to, or they will punished in some way if they don't (anyone have a job to know what I mean?). That doesn't make them happy about it. However, kids are much easier to manipulate than adults. You might want to say "convince to do what you want" if you don't like the idea of manipulating children. It all comes from the level of excitement and the possibility something may be fun. For this image, I convinced this young man into thinking that pointing at the birds and trees outside would be fun thing to do. I love the photograph of him doing something totally normal for kids that adults don't do - being excited to look out the window into his own yard. :)


This photograph was taken with natural light in his Kirkland home with a Canon 5D Mark III and Sigma 50mm f1.4 lens set to f1.8.

More Family Portraits and a Small Contest!

These folks are people we know. Therefore, I took my incredible 12-year-old daughter along with me for the first time at a live shoot. I gave her a camera, set it and let her go. One of her images made the cut and is one of the 14 below. Make a comment, correctly guess her photo below. If you are the first one to guess correctly, I'll send you a 11x14 of Seattle at night that I posted a couple days ago! One guess per person, please!#1 018.jpg

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Vote for our Gallery Wrap Sample!

My wife and I are having trouble deciding what we want on our wall to show off our cool, new gallery wrap print option. Gallery wraps are giclee printed onto canvas and stretched around a wooden frame with the image actually wrapping around the frame. Then it is hung without any other frame. Very cool. Anyway, back to the point. We have these photographs of our kids. We are planning on having one printed as a 24x36 and hung here at the house, which also doubles as the studio showroom. Since we can't make a decision, we thought we would ask our faithful readers to vote for their favorite. I also found this little voting poll gadget to make it easy!


#1 - The horizontal


#2 The goofy vertical


#3 - the Feet


#4 - Skip the 24x36 group photo and get three 20x30 individual portraits.