If the biggest challenge in photography is lighting, try and turn it into something interesting. The photograph above is dark. You can’t see the faces of the subjects. It’s not not the kind of picture you’d see framed on a mantle, but I guarantee that the child in this photo will remember in it, the rush of joy flying in the strong arms of her father. That is power of candid shots.
Hope Hanson-Baker of Plum Tree Photography took that candid shot. She is no stranger to kids. She spends most days wrangling two of her own little girls and a busy photography studio in South Mississauga, Ontario that specializes in kids. Her birthday cake smashing sessions for one year olds are renowned and her Spring Bunny sessions are so adorable that even my 23 year old daughter wanted to pose.
When I asked Hope for her best trick in kid’s photography she gave a refreshing answer. She said bribery. “This is not the time to worry about teaching children how to behave,” she laughed. I tend to agree with Hope. I made my bed every morning for over twenty years and our three kids, now young adults, still leave their beds unmade here and at their own places.
Hope’s photography goal is about capturing who a child is, not just what they look like. No easy feat especially in studio photography. The space looks and smells unfamiliar. The kids are likely wearing scratchy stiff clothing which they have to keep clean. They might have to hug a sibling that they’d rather smash with their Elmo doll. So if a little chocolate carrot is dangled, why not!
Both of Hope’s images were captured using a Nikon Professional camera and lens.