It was one of those moments when two articles collided in my day and struck a chord. The first was JP Danko’s here, on whether or not it’s ethical to use photos of your children for stock. The second was by Lucy Dunn, on The Pool, where she raises the question of ‘over-sharenting’. (Sharenting, for anyone who hasn’t yet encountered this hideous portmanteau, is the tendency to share your parenting experiences on social media, from potty-training successes to supermarket meltdowns.) In particular, Dunn is concerned about how little guidance exists for parents who are navigating the social media seas themselves.
They say never work with children or animals. The children bit I completely agree with, but I find animals to be an absolute pleasure to work with. Not everybody’s used to working with animals (or kids), though, either on camera or off. Whether you’re shooting video or stills, they can be challenging.
To help overcome some of those challenges, Cooper Films have put this video together with four tips for working with kids and animals on set. The video does aim more toward video shooters. The reasons why, as a photographer, you might have a child or animal in front of your camera may be different. But, the potential issues are very much the same.
Did you read Instagram’s Terms and Conditions carefully before signing up? Be honest. If you didn’t do it, I won’t judge. The sentences are so complicated, that I’m not sure any of us read them with full attention and understanding.
Now, imagine children who use Instagram. More than a half of teenagers and almost a half of 8 to 11-year-olds in Great Britain are active on this social network. Did they read the Terms and Conditions? I highly doubt it. And the report by the UK Children’s Commissioner confirms my doubts. You can’t blame the children though, because they don’t understand these complex sentences and legal discourse.
Because of this, a lawyer Jenny Afia did us all a favor and rewrote Instagram’s Terms and Conditions so that the kids can understand them. And even us grown-ups will find it helpful.
On those short winter days when the roads are covered in snow, I take photos of my kids and their cousins to preserve the magic of this wonderful season. Both indoors and outdoors, during short days and long winter evenings, I capture the feeling of anticipation and nostalgia. With those photos I try to recall the feelings I used to have in my heart when I was a child and try to make others remember the magic of Christmas too.
My models are my two sons and my two nieces. My inspiration for those photos are animated movies, story books for children and life – watching kids as they play and memories from my own childhood. Although I take photos all year winter time has a special place in my heart with its special kind of magic.
I primarily photograph people, but children are a subject I’ve generally stayed well clear of. I have nothing against them, and apparently I used to be one (my wife says I still am), but when it comes to photographing them, it just really doesn’t appeal to me.
If you’re a parent, on the other hand, your children may be your most photographed subject, and something you actively enjoy. In this video, photographer Karl Taylor is going to give you some tips and tricks to help you get the best shots you can of your kids.
Leaving behind his former career as a lawyer, Jonathan Diaz has taken the initiative to give back to his community using his photography skills. The Utah based photographer is making the dreams of children come to life in his inspiring project, Anything Can Be.
After taking the time to get to know pediatric cancer patients and unleashing their imagination, Diaz sets up a photoshoot for each of the youth. The photoshoots take place in various locations, depending on what the ‘dream’ is. Once all the photos are taken, Diaz heads into the digital darkroom where he composites in some of the magical finer details.
Having already worked with 21 awesome children, the collection of portraits has now become a book, True Heroes: A Treasury of Modern-day Fairy Tales. Asides from featuring Diaz’s photography, the book also contains original short stories from various best selling authors, all which were based on the children and the stories they tell through their portraits.
Here’s a sampling from the collection of the photographs for you enjoy. You can also check out the Anything Can Be website. Or, to learn more about Diaz’s work, you can visit his website, Jonathan Diaz.
Breastfeeding in public is always a hot topic of debate and a photographer from Illinois is looking to shed more positive light on the subject. Ivette Ivens has become a breastfeeding advocate of sorts, having breastfed her own two children, the bond it helped to develop between mother and child inspired the photographer to undertake a beautiful photography project in which Ivens photographs women breastfeeding their children, usually in nature, to help signify just how natural of an activity breastfeeding actually is. [Read more…]