Your Questions About Childrens Portraits

Ken asks…

What shutter speeds are good for stopping motion in childrens portraits?

I am typically taking photos of my infant daughter posed, however she often makes sudden and unpredictable movements and I would like to have the image sharp, without blur. So I wondered what shutter speed is good for slight movement. Also, does flash typically always help to stop motion/blur with slow shutter speeds or is there a particular shutter speed which even with flash and the subject is moving they would appear blurred.

Timo answers:

1/125 upwards with no flash.

With flash you can use slower speeds. The initial flash will “freeze” the motion but you could get ghosting if you use a slow speed (i.e. Any movement after the flash has gone of will record as blur).

Thomas asks…

Famous photographers known for Childrens’ portraits or that explore children growing up/ discovering the world?

Hi, I’m doing a study for my final A2 photography work labelled “through the eyes of a child” and I want to look at researching some (preferably renowned or famous) photographers that are known for working with childrensportraits, the childs’ perspective, the psychology of children or Childrens‘ dreams, etc:

I’ve already looked at Sally Mann who’s atmospheric albeit controversial portraits ‘The immediate Family’ I really like and Jennifer Zwick who isn’t that famous but dedicated a small body of work to constructing imaginative and surreal settings based on childrens‘ imaginations or dreams. I would really appreciate the input 🙂

Timo answers:

The most famous one that I know is Anne Geddes. I love her work, her setups are very creative

Mark asks…

1600’s childrens portraits?

so, i found this on my mothers living room wall

sorry the quality isnt that great, but does anyone know absolutely anything about the painting?
also, does anyone know any paintings of children from the 1600’s/english reformation?
its for my art assignment, thankks!

Timo answers:

Found you a website with lots of children’s portraiture. Click on a picture and you’ll go to a video narrated by the gallery director, showing and talking about the portait in detail, and the history behind it. You’ll like it.

Also found a book on Amazon you might be interested in. Pride and Joy – Children’s Portraits.

Lizzie asks…

Good Nikon lens for shooting portraits?

I do alot of childrens portraits, they can move around alot sometimes. I have a 18-135 lens I have been using ..should i get a different (faster) lens, if so which one?

Timo answers:

I know I have always read that a 105mm is the best portrait lens

Helen asks…

childrens portraits ideas?

Tomorrow I am going to be taking photos of little girls for a salon party. I am setting up a backdrop and they are going to be getting their hair and make up done, so once I take the photos im going to do some editing and then print out a nice photo of themselves for them to take home.

I am looking for any ideas on how to pose them. I will most likely be able to set up a table or somethng for them to lean on or something, but I have only been able to come up with a few poses on my own. Any ideas or websites with examples?

also, what are some cute things I could look around for them to hold in the pictures? like a flower, etc.

any other creative ideas you have are greatly appreciated! thanks in advance!
the group pic ideas are all very cute! any ideas for individual shots though??

Timo answers:

If they’re going home, and not to your home, a wild finger painting party.

I love the tea party idea and the makeup idea. Have them put the makeup on each other for the grand finale. I think that would be a killer cute shot… 2 little girls putting makeup on each other at the same time. If you had a little baby available, have them all play mommy to the baby, all doing different things to take care of the baby at the same time.

Not to rock anyone’s boat, but having little girls do traditional woman things (i.e. Makeup, mommying, tea parties) in the little girls setting, making it a total imitation of what they see their mommies do (considering they were alive in 1955), is always adorable. Long live the June Cleaver’s and Mrs. Cunningham’s of the world.

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