Even though I do not specialize in children photography, it does not mean that I had never photographed them or never will again.
I used to photograph children all the time when I worked in a photo studio. Now I only do it once in a while.
When I saw some glitter at a store, I got the idea of a little girl blowing glitter everywhere. I finally got the chance to try it with Penny. Together, we picked her dress; the silver was perfect as it was a contrast to the glitter. Penny was so excited about this photo shoot, she did everything I asked! I admit that she had to blow into the glitter many times, so that I could get the shot that I wanted. Penny was completely covered in glitter! (And I was too).
It was a lot of fun. It's good to try things, even if my idea did not fit the type of photography I usually do.
I've often heard that comment. People don't mean to be hurtful, but it is offending. Would you tell a chef that he must have a great stove? No, you wouldn't.
Good photography is just like good cuisine: several elements come together. Yes, having a decent camera and lenses are needed, but the person holding the camera also needs to know what he/she is doing, by posing the subject in the most flattering manner and being able to make a connection.
I have a Sony Alpha 57, which is in the lower end of DSLRs. Many pros prefer Nikon or Canon, but this is a personal preference. I use a wide angle lens (Tamron 11-18mm), a Minolta 18-200mm zoom lens, and my favorite is the Sony 1.8/50 macro lens.
No matter which brand you prefer, please stop shooting on automatic if you still are! What's the point of you having such a great camera if you don't use it to its full potential? The great thing with digital photography is that you can erase your images. So get out and start shooting. Don't be afraid to experiment.
I remember people laughing at me for taking pictures of everything (and I do mean EVERYTHING!): the food, the decor, the pretty napkins... I just love immortalizing all that, so I didn't care if I was acting like a paparazzi (my family is used to it ;)
Now, especially in wedding photography, it has become a trend to shoot the details, such as the bride's shoes. But it can, and should, be applied to any other event. The hostess/planner spent a lot of time and effort to put it together.
The images above are from a birthday party that I photographed a few weeks ago, to celebrate Elon's 1st birthday. I don't specialize in children photography, but I love events, and Diana, Elon's mom, is one of my best friends. I knew she would organize an awesome party, and I was right! There was everything: a colorful theme, balloons, moon bounce, clown, face painting... So think about how sad it would have been if I hadn't photographed any of those details, like the party favors or the customized birthday hat? (Even though Elon refused to wear it...).
So next time you attend an event, even if it's not a wedding, don't forget to photograph the details! You'll be happy you did
I am a French expat living in the USA, more precisely