Friday, October 25, 2013

And the Children Shall Lead...

I love to photograph children. Their innocence, their infinite potential, the lack of inhibitions or pretense, make them the most perfect of all human subjects. But they are also quick and unpredictable at times and present their own set of photographic problems.
I got to meet some new cousins at our Canadian Thanksgiving as well as being joined by my two favorite nephews and we all took a nice long walk together in the park. The best way to get to know kids is to play along side them.

Ben ©David Sorcher 2013

Meet Ben. There's something about this kid that i immediately liked. That stick became his automatic weapon of choice for the afternoon. I love to catch kids at play in their natural state and environment. They move fast though and i recommend short shutter speeds if you want reasonable sharpness. 

Ben ©David Sorcher 2013

Of course, i like to capture a good mixture of portraits along with the action shots. Ben's a natural and i felt like i was on a fashion assignment for Child's Wear Daily with this shot. That style is all Ben by the way. His parents don't know where it comes from, but they have always let him dress as he pleases. I swear this look is going to be in the windows of Barney's NYC next month.  

Evelyn & Olivia ©David Sorcher 2013

Like Ben, i also met Evelyn and Olivia for the first time this day. We played the "shy" game for quite some time, but fortunately by the time we hit the park i had received at least a partial seal of approval from both parties.

Evelyn ©David Sorcher 2013

Evelyn eyes me from atop her father's shoulders.

 Olivia ©David Sorcher 2013

A field of milkweed provides a great distraction for getting candid moments.

Evelyn & Olivia ©David Sorcher 2013

I guess that by the end of our hike i was the fully accepted event photographer. Olivia was quite insistent that i come out in the backyard to take her picture with Evelyn. Who could argue with these faces? I was hired! 

Ethan ©David Sorcher 2013

This is my nephew Ethan on the following day at Andrew & Erika's farmhouse. There is definitely a different dynamic at work shooting kids you know. We have a standing relationship, a history of shared experience that comes into play as i shoot. And yes, that can be both a good and a bad thing for pictures.  

Jacob ©David Sorcher 2013

Ethan's brother Jacob up close and straightforward. I am not sure how he manages to look so honest AND devious at the same time, but it seems to be something boys of this age are very good at.

The Boys Club ©David Sorcher 2013

Back to the previous day in the park with the boys, who have found a natural fort of fallen trees for this photo op. 

Little Rascals ©David Sorcher 2013

While there was a certain self-imposed segregation of the sexes on our park walk there were also a couple of opportunities for mixed groupings. I am not sure where Ethan was off to at this point.
Hopefully i've pick images to show you that go beyond mere family interest. I always warn my students with children that they are more than welcome to shoot them for class assignments as long as they are making images that are interesting to people beyond their own family units. When shooting our dear ones it is all too easy to be swayed by personal sentiment in our edits. 


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