Elena Shumilova A.K.A Photographer Mom Shares Her Techniques For Photographing Kids

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Russian Photographer and mom Elena Shumilova became kinda famous when photos of her kids and family went viral in early 2014.  In total her photos were views over 60,000,000 times (and I guess they were viewed outside her profile some 60 million more).

Something about her photography struck a chord with almost everyone, photographers, mothers, father, young and old. I guess the innocence and feeling of childhood that projected from her photos were just irresistible.

Elena shared some great advice on photographing kids with the crew at Smugmug and agreed to share them with DIYP readers.

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Creating A Children Photography Studio On A Budget

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Let’s face it: the thought of taking an existing space and converting it into a studio can be daunting to say the least! As a newborn photographer, a studio is an absolute necessity. But creating the studio without spending a fortune (I’m talking gagillions of dollars here…gagillions) led me on a path that had very little instruction, so I had to blaze my own trail, getting creative along the way!

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Watch These Brave Children Destroy Monsters In This Awesome Portrait Series

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There are few things in life more inventive than a child’s imagination. From an artistic standpoint, we could probably all benefit from the ability to tap into our inner child every once in a while. That’s exactly what French photographer, Laure Fauvel, has done for a recent collection of portraits titled “Terrors” that show children battling off monsters of nightmarish proportion.

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Dreamworks Dad Turns His Son’s Life Into A series of Epic Action Flicks

Some of us (me included) go to the movies when we want a piece of incredible reality poured upon us. But if your dad is a Dreamworks Animator, your every dream (and mom’s nightmare) can come to life.

In an epic series of 10-15 seconds youtube flicks, Dreamworks animator (and father) Daniel Hashimoto turns his son, James, into an action hero of the most dangerous kind. A channel called Action Movie Kid is dedicated to changing his sons everyday activities into thrilling adventures, including a Laser LEGO gun, a real light saber, a grappling gun that sticks ya to the ceiling and a bunch of other fun (yet scary) activities. [Read more…]