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Tip: How to Photograph a Child’s Birthday Party

Hi! Pardon the interruption. I’m Jonathan, Shani’s brother and webmonkey.

While Shani loves to share her beautiful photographs, I’d like to take a moment to share something kind of practical.

One of my favourite blogs, Digital Photography School, gives a lot of great tips, that can come in handy if you’ve just picked up a digital camera, and are going crazy because the pictures just aren’t coming out the way you wish they did.

Just the other day they wrote a post on How to Photograph a Child’s Birthday Party.

One of the things I’ve learned, from Shani and from my own experience, about shooting kids and animals, is their number 2 tip over there:

2. Get a Child’s perspective

One of the most important tips I can share is to get down low when taking photos of children. The biggest mistake I see in party photos is adults taking shots from a standing position looking down onto a scene. While you might take a few shots from this perspective the majority of your photos should be taken at eye level of the subjects you’re shooting.

Photo by Shani Barel

Photo by Shani Barel

If there’s one thing you can do to instantly improve pictures, is to start taking them from the kids’ eye-level. It not only gives them real presence as subjects in the photograph, it also forces you to get more involved – you can’t do this sitting at the parents’ table.

The thing about these tips is that you don’t need a $3,000 DSLR to practice them. They’re just as valid if you’re carrying that ol’ point-and-shoot from 2007.

So next time your kids have a party, why not take the opportunity to practice your own technique? Don’t worry, Shani will have the pro angle covered, so you can feel free to experiment!

[Digital Photography School]

Cutting Back

The economy sucks, everyone is saying so. We are cutting back too, in many ways, you know, tightening the belt shortening the hair….it’s summer, it’s hot and this is so COOL. Kyle was “home made” but Zoe went back to Debbi at “A Little Off the Top Kids Hair” at 18971 Ventura Blvd in Tarzana and thoroughly enjoyed the pampering even though she tried to hide it. Will add slideshow soon…

before

before

it tickles

it tickles

IS he sad?

IS he sad?

he looks so different

he looks so different

He LOVES it!

He LOVES it!

and I do too

and I do too

before

before

I don

I don't know if she's liking it!

"a little off the top" Kids salon

"a little off the top" Kids salon

Change can be hard

Change can be hard

the hair clips

the hair clips

I lOVE IT!

I lOVE IT!

August 2, 2009 - 10:25 pm

Leonie - The misconception of Let’s have More Hair proved to me as wrong once again.
They look so squeaky clean and fresh and their eyes POP. So Summer.
AND I LOVE IT.

August 4, 2009 - 12:20 pm

Mindy Mandel - Your kids are just darling!!!

May 2, 2010 - 9:20 pm

he asked for it [Kyle] - dont smile now - Shani Barel - Tarzana Kids photography - [...] swear, it wasn’t me, or us, or anyone but him. He wanted his hair cut, I didn’t, at least not yet. Come summer, the real summer, I am the first to support the loss [...]

Angelina- a girl who knows how to say NO

not  so long ago I got to photograph 53 kids aged around 5 (SEPARATELY!!!) for an alternative school photo, one where the kids don’t look like they stepped out of 1956 (which in reality could have been quite cool) and the parents loved it, I’m a parent and I loved it too.

So I was asked by one of those parents if I could bring my camera and snap a few photos of the sibling, Angelina.

Sure, I said, I love to help when I can, I’m there anyway dropping off and picking up my own kids… I’ll just pull her aside and get the shot.

Well, nope, no no and no again. Ok, I crawled, begged, ran after, tickled, made funny faces. I even took her to MCD as a last resort to bribe – and I have my reservations about that place! But oh, well, every once in a while and for a good cause.

NO!

NO!

So, did I manage to turn that “NO!” into a “yes”? Find out after the break…
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July 31, 2009 - 9:22 pm

Elana Saltsman - Beautiful Pictures! Angelina is adorable!

August 1, 2009 - 11:06 am

Leonie - Really brilliant getting through to her. The photos are exquisite.

Starbucks, part 2

so some time ago I found in one of the parents magazine a calculation that showed that if I put the 4 dollars a day of coffee money, 5 times a week into savings, at the end of 20 years, I’d have $80,ooo ! that’s expensive coffee?

what about art? if I made art for $4 once a week, would I be able to sell it 20 years later for for $260 each (20 years, times 52 weeks a year, divided by 4- the cost, gives me 260…) giving me a total of $80,000… would that be a good investment? does that mean I can drink my coffee and keep the cup?

Sheryn

Shoni

June 22, 2011 - 12:51 pm

Leonie Barel - ya, and I am still learning the balance between living for today and planning for tomorrow.

Aspirin

WHO BUYS ASPIRIN at the 99 cents store, really, WHO? It’s really the kind of thing I’d rather spend a few bucks on and what is a “certified brand” anyway?

OK, so I looked online, and now I’m even more surprised- to get 200 tablets of Bayer brand it would cost $31.5that represents a savings of $30.5 hhhhmmm is this even possible?

…but the bottle was just too adorable to leave on the shelf by the register…

ASPIRIN, the 99 cents store

ASPIRIN, the 99 cents store

July 29, 2009 - 1:33 am

Jono Barel - Don’t you find 99c aspirin… disconcerting?

July 30, 2009 - 9:31 pm

Leonie - I love it. The “Certified Brand” give “Bayers” and the brand concept an ironic shake up. Ya I probably wouldnt take one, but that is because we live in a brand orientated world. We just think that if it doesnt have a name it wont survive the wash….

Treasure hunt, or TOOTH HUNT

When Kyle’s first tooth fell out Mitch and I were at the Annenberg Space for Photography, (we just happened to be THERE- so when I missed an important event in our children lives I can console myself by saying I was somewhere doing something I am passionate about…) When we got home I wanted to put the tooth under his pillow for the tooth fairy. Emily (who was watching them) had put it in a safe place so we could have it upon our return. It was so safe, that America’s Most Wanted could be hiding right next to it, never to be seen again.

So. I knew that when his second tooth would fall out, I would probably miss that too, just one of those things- and …a few days ago, I came to pickup Kyle from school and the teacher hands me a Ziploc bag, with “kyle’s lost tooth, July 22nd ’09″ and told me the story of how Kyle noticed his tooth was gone while they were outside playing in the biggest playground you’ve ever seen in a preschool, (it looks enormous to me, I am sure it’s GIGANTIC(!) to them), and he was sad that he lost it…

Anyway.  16 kids in Kyle’s camp grade went roaming around the yard looking for the tiniest tooth in the world, literally like looking for a needle in a hay stack, and like winning the lottery, I mean seriously, WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

Apparently, in Kyle’s favor…one little girl found it, it looked like just any other pebble in the ground, but it wasn’t. It was Kyle’s tooth, his second baby tooth, and this time we had it.

And I don’t know what the going rate for a tooth is these days ( our  tooth fairy left him $2) but seeing the look on his face when he found the money and the note- PRICELESS.

The tiny tooth; Lost and FOUND

The tiny tooth; Lost and FOUND

The dirt- is DIRT, it wasn

The dirt- is DIRT, it wasn't there before it got buried. I hope. Maybe they had brownies. I wasn't there...

The Gap

The Gap

The evidence is handled with care.

The evidence is handled with care.

July 29, 2010 - 11:18 pm

Halloween in July [Kids] - dont smile now - Shani Barel - Tarzana Kids photography - [...] year Kyle lost 2 teeth (it’s a funny story)- this year, he lost another two teeth, both at camp, both lost. As in lost, never to be seen again [...]

2 photographers, that are not me.

Once a month I attend a photographers’ meeting that’s part of Pictage, and hosted by Jules Bianchi, and this month we had a pool party and barbecue where no one but the kids swam and each had to grill their own, so I went hungry. But what we do do well is take photos, and everyone brought their stuff and got some clicks going,follow this link for a photo of what it looked like from the outside, (shot by Jules Bianchi) ( You’ll see me in PINK on the second row from the top right, being photographed by  photographers ( and have yet to see a pic, and not sure I want to either!!!!)

I shot Tammie and Todd. Here they are:

Tammie

Tammie

Tammie Two

Tammie Two

Todd

Todd

Todd upclose

Todd upclose

Todd Monroe, Photographer.

Todd Monroe, Photographer.

Todd, photographer, smiling.

Todd, photographer, smiling.

last one.

last one.

July 24, 2009 - 1:51 pm

Tammie - I love them all! Wish I was better at modeling but hey that’s why I am a photographer not a model. Thanks Shani!

July 24, 2009 - 2:08 pm

Jules Bianchi - These are fantastic! I’m so glad you came!!!

Logan and Calladan-The Book

You may have seen some of the photos of this last session of these kids- so here is the final product (unless mom wants to make some changes… hee hee

I’ve been documenting them since before I even had a blog ; you know, like a trillion years ago it seems (when counting in kid-years) and I get to have so much fun every time, even when some of them resist it…One day, when I am old and blind, and they have kids of their own, they will cherish this book. Until then, no sticky hands please…!

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