Before I give you some tips on taking portraits of toddlers, let’s start with the most important question: Am I old enough to be a grandfather? I sure don’t feel like it!
But I love having my granddaughter visit any time and getting the chance to photograph her as she grows up.
When she was 3 months old, it was tough to get good photos of her, since she could not sit up and did not have a whole lot of expressions. Of course, that did not stop me from photographing her. We would just prop her up in a pseudo-sitting position and I would fire away.
It is amazing how much she changes in such a short period of time. This photo was taken only 6 weeks after the previous image and she was now smiling. I put her down on a white backdrop to try and get a passport photo of her. (This image would not work because they do not want smiling and there was too much shadow and they do not allow that.) But I liked seeing that smile.
Then it was time to try the same camera and lens (no flash this time) outside.
Just like before, I got down low on the grass so that I could photograph her at eye level. I had Emma (her mom) behind me doing funny things to make her laugh. The great thing about the Canon R cameras is that they lock into the eye so perfectly. Normally when shooting at f/1.2 with previous DSLRs, the “take rate” was about 50%, but with the new cameras it is almost 100% sharp on the eyes. I LOVE that!
Uh oh, was she already giving me attitude?
When going through the images (using Photo Mechanic). Emma and I both agreed that this was our favorite photo. This one will be printed and framed any day now. And yes…I could remove the drool from her chin, but I decided to leave it alone. She is teething and this tells a story.
Before putting the camera away, I asked Emma if she would get in the shot with my granddaughter. She happily agreed and I got this image. I made sure that they were both at the same distance from me, and I had to change the aperture from f/1.2 to f/2.5 in order to get them both in focus. I made funny sounds and got both of them to smile for this photo. Another keeper.
As many of you predicted, this little one is going to be a great subject for a long time!
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