Photo by Maryland Photographer Robin Owen www.robinowenphotography.com
When people ask what my favorite session is, it’s usually the last one I did. Every time I photograph people — kids, babies, families, high school seniors or weddings — I have the time of my life. I try to encourage my clients to be themselves and have fun too, although I’m the first to admit it’s hard when you have a giant camera pointed at your direction… I took this family out to a beautiful spot at a local park for their family photos and spent time talking, laughing, walking, and generally making a fool of myself in order to get everyone to feel comfortable and have a good time (and to forget about the camera around my neck…) The images that came out of the session are by far some of my favorites of all time. I mean, seriously — have you ever seen a swinging toddler go all the way around?! I hadn’t until now! My goal is to make each session better than the last. So far, so good!
Kids are not big fans of sitting still and posing to have their portrait taken but give them something funny to do and they will happily agree to help you out. I love this classic retake of see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. Their mom got a big kick out of it as well. This image would look amazing printed on a huge canvas! It has that classic all American kid feel to it. Sort of Norman Rockwellish.
Photo by Robin Owen Photography, located in Southern Maryland.
Here are some cute accessory ideas for your little ones upcoming photo session. You can find lots of charming head bands and hats for babies on Etsy and the beads not only look good they give baby something to play with which keeps her busy during her shoot. These photos of Ella Marie submitted by Jennifer Hudspeth, owner of Country At Heart Photography, are a great examples of how the right accessories can really add style to your child’s photos. These images are adorable!
Yeah, you’re Pregnant! This is an amazing time in your life and you are going to want to remember everything about your pregnancy. Maternity photos have been popular since Demi Moore was featured on the front of Vanity Fair back in the 80’s, showing off her very pregnant belly. Soon after women everywhere followed Demi’s lead and started documenting their own pregnancies with professional photos. Dads and siblings often joined in on these shoots. Many of our listed photographers also shoot maternity photos so if you are looking to have your pregnancy documented; you have come to the right place to find an awesome photographer!
Photos by Robin Owen Photography
A much over looked family portrait is one of the grandparents or great grandparents with their grandchildren. Have you ever seen the pure joy in the eyes of an older person when they hold the newest member of the family or have a toddler climb onto their lap? These magic moments are worth having a professional photographer capture. Rebecca Sehn, one of our listed photographers in British Columbia, did just that with her photo shoot of Chloe and her grandfather by the sea. To see more of Rebecca’s amazing work visit her listing on CPN under British Columbia.
“I met little Chloe a few weeks ago for portraits of her and her grandfather by the sea. This little girl is the most fashionable, sweetest thing – she was quite content to wander around, discovering her surroundings and leading us on a little adventure. I love classic clothing in my childrens portraits, and Chloe had the perfect wardrobe – her little dresses, jackets and shoes were absolutely darling.”
Shooting children can be a true challenge. Many of the younger ones are apprehensive about a stranger following them around with a camera. If they are very young they may not know what the camera is and it could scare them. The older ones can lose interest quickly and begin to misbehave or act out, effectively ruining your hope of capturing perfectly
I know you are thinking a shopping cart?? But that is what my client requested and that is what I had to work with so I set out to shoot the best darn shopping cart, in a parking lot, photos I possible could. This is one of the photos we ended up with. She loves them and if the client is happy you bet I’m happy.
This senior photo was taken by Robin Owen Photography. Robin’s studio is located in Southern Maryland.
Photographers in order to receive your free listing on CPN you must email the administrator first, otherwise you will be taken to the pay pal page when you register.
These photos were sent in by one of our listed photographers from Claremont, California, Jenna Marie Photography. Yet again another beautiful example of how to shoot children in their own environment being themselves. check out Jenna’s ad under our list of California photographers!
If you’re a children’s photographer you know how hard it is to get them to pose for photos. Kids don’t like having their picture taken and they usually rebel. It’s much easier to engage them in activities they like and photograph them just being kids. I know the photos I cherish of my children the most aren’t the posed ones I had taken, but the ones of them being them selves and acting goofy. I think Steve Z , one of our listed photographers from Boulder Colorado, did just that with this photo shoot. He took Spence for a trip around the block, exploring and jumping and captured oh-so-many wacky expressions of this little boy. These are photos his parents are going to cherish.
Notice the canvas triptych in the last photo. Canvas prints really make your photos stand out; make sure to ask your photographer about them.
I had to post this, it is so cute
Our very own Kim Mallory has some great tips for parents and photographers when it comes to shooting kids photos!
Tips for shooting kids:
I am a proud parent of three girls beautiful girls. They are lovely but they aren’t perfect. What child is? As a mother I have been both elated & completely embarrassed by their behavior on more than one occasion. And even though I’ve always held my kids accountable and taught them right from wrong, let’s face it – kids are kids and no matter how sweet they can be, they can also tip the scale and turn into little devils in the blink of an eye. So with this in mind, when I go into a photo session, I expect kids to be kids and that includes the good, the bad and the ugly! I don’t judge my client’s by their kid’s behavior, because I’ve been there – and it’s not a fun place to be when the kids are misbehaving.
Dealing with countless kids over the years, I think I’ve finally figured it all out. A little bit of manipulation a whole lot of bribery – hey, whatever works. The key? Connecting with the kids. Here’s how:
I took these photos of Madeline last summer. I prefer to shoot children in an un-posed natural way letting them be themselves. That means a lot of running around behind them with a camera and it is always a great deal more work than shooting adults but the beautiful results can bring a parent to tears and that makes all the extra work well worth it. I know looking back at these photos in the future will bring to mind priceless memories of their children they will treasure forever. Having professional photos of your child taken truly is an investment in art. No other artwork you hang on your wall will invoke the emotional response you will get from seeing your baby captured in that fleeting moment of their life. I believe every parent should consider having a large canvas print made from their favorite photos of their children. It will become a family heirloom handed down from generation to generation. Contact me if you are looking for a children’s photographer this summer.
Last week I had the pleasure of photographing two year old Maddie and Her mom Holly.
Holly, who is expecting a new baby soon, wanted a few belly photos taken with Madelyn and a few of of Maddie alone. It was quite a funny shoot with me trying to keep up with a two year old!
At one point Maddie had had enough and I could tell the shoot was over if I didn’t come up with something to get her attention back and make things fun again, soooo I said ” Mad your mom has a hole in her tummy! Stick your finger in there and see if you can touch your new baby!” Maddie thought this was funny and proceeded to stick her pointy little finger in Holly’s belly button. (sorry Holly but I had to do something!) Mad was quite amused and she had us laughing too. This is the photo from that moment. I love it! She continued to let me photograph her just long enough to finish the shoot and get some really sweet photos.
The ones near the beach were taken at Bushwood Wharf in St. Mary’s County MD.
Robin Owen Photography, Maryland wedding, boudoir and portrait photographer
I recently did a senior shoot with Mike Copenhaver, who attends Leonardtown high school. We took Mike to several places around St. Mary’s County MD. One of the places near the water where I love to shoot is Coltons Point in front of the St. Clements Island museum.
Every year Coltons Point is where the annual Blessing of the Fleet celebration takes place. It really is a wonderful place to take your family. The fireworks display is amazing. My family always enjoys it more than the 4th of July celebration at the fair grounds because you don’t have the huge crowds! Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, spread them out on the bank along the water front and relax with your friends and neighbors!
But, back to Mike! He was a natural in front of the camera and made my job super easy!
I put his mom to work as my lighting assistant. She did an amazing job! Thanks guys I had a lot of fun working with you!