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THREE YEARS OLD: Cole

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

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Cole was one of the more interesting subjects I had for the Three Year Old Project because he was reluctant. I know that many three year olds go through various stages of rebellion, authority pushing, regression, or you name it they try it. I’m fascinated by the cognitive process of growing out of babyhood and starting to gain autonomy (what an exciting, scary time for a child!). Cole really didn’t want to participate in photos that particular afternoon.

The whole point of the project for me was to see what kids will do when they got to the studio environment, so I was glad to have this experience with Cole. At this point in his young life, he’s a kid who needs time to warm up to someone, and has to forget there’s a camera in order to get natural-smile photos. I busted out all the tricks in the book to elicit different responses, and only got him to crack a fleeting, microscopic smile when I asked him if he likes stinky cheese.

For those of you who have children who react adversely to the camera, I’d recommend not pushing the subject. Obviously you want photos of your child at every age, but it’s not going to be a positive experience if you try to force your child to smile in photos. In this type of situation, if you’re able to invest in pro portraits, I’d recommend hiring a journalist-style photographer (now often called “lifestyle portraits”) to bring a long lens and let a reluctant child play at a park long enough to forget the photographer is there. In the past, I have also had great success coming over to a child’s house and having him/her show me around, play with some toys together, before gaining enough trust to make some great photos with the family. A familiar, safe environment helps the reluctant child become more at ease.

In the end, with the help of some good ol’ fashioned bribery (BLUE TRACTOR!) we got some beautiful studio portraits of Cole and his big brown eyes. He pretty much stared at the camera for twenty minutes, and I didn’t mind at all that he didn’t smile or frolic. It’s possible that he was even enjoying the drama of the scenario and will ask to come back to the studio sometime. I keep coming back to the idea that if his parents come back to these photos in 20 years, they’ll see a side of his personality coming out at this early age and be charmed by that soulful three year old gaze.

 

 

Thank you so much to all the parents who took the time to stop by studio hours in August. I had some great laughs at ridiculous three year old logic, and learned a lot about working with these tiny people who live in tiny kingdoms. I’d encourage anyone reading this to consider hiring a photographer to do individual portraits of kids in addition to the normal family portrait type of photos. A child’s life is full of magical moments.

 

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THREE YEARS OLD: Amelia & Maywen

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

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I connected with Amelia’s mom & dad when a mutual acquaintance on Twitter volunteered Amelia for the project.

What I didn’t know is that Amelia would bring her neighbor-BFF Maywen to the studio. As soon as these little ladies arrived, there was a whole lot of running and chasing and giggling.

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Energy levels were HIGH and the girls were wired. They were having so much fun together and I’m glad I got a few great moments recorded. Frequent snack breaks ensued – I now know that graham crackers are popular with the three year old crowd.

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Maywen and Amelia have a playdate every week, and I know Maywen’s going to miss Amelia when her family moves to Texas next month.

Thank you so much to all the parents who took the time to stop by studio hours in August. I had some great laughs at ridiculous three year old logic, and learned a lot about working with these tiny people who live in tiny kingdoms. I’d encourage anyone reading this to consider hiring a photographer to do individual portraits of kids in addition to the normal family portrait type of photos. A child’s life is full of magical moments.

 

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Portland, Oregon friends: sign up for periodic email updates here.

THREE YEARS OLD: Harper

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

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Harper, though friendly and thoughtful, was very serious throughout her visit to the photo studio. She had a very earnest gaze in many of the photos. I’m curious to see her in 20 years to see if she’s anything like these photos! According to mom, Harper was very intentional about choosing the dress and shoes she would wear for her photos.

I noticed a trend in many of the kids – three year olds aren’t programmed to pose for a camera quite yet. After the initial twenty seconds of toothy grins (CHEEEEESE) wear off, most are happy to engage with me and tell me about their lives but when I had the camera in front of my face would kind of stare indefinitely. It was hilarious. My favorite part of the project when often when a kid would be so into her answer (“What do people do at a birthday party?” or “What kind of games do you like to play?”) that she would unselfconsciously use gestures to help convey the emotions of her story, or just to fidget. There was a lot of eye-poking going on. I can’t remember what we were talking about the moment we took this picture but I love Harper’s expression!

Thank you so much to all the parents who took the time to stop by studio hours in August. I had some great laughs at ridiculous three year old logic, and learned a lot about working with these tiny people who live in tiny kingdoms. I’d encourage anyone reading this to consider hiring a photographer to do individual portraits of kids in addition to the normal family portrait type of photos. A child’s life is full of magical moments.

 

If you’re in PDX and would like to know more about our studio news and future casting calls, you can join our newsletter mailing list here.

Portland, Oregon friends: sign up for periodic email updates here.

THREE YEARS OLD: Vivian

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

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Vivian was bright eyed and cheerful when she arrived at the studio. She has her own camera she showed me right away, and when I asked her what she likes to photograph, got a little shifty eyed and provided a vague answer about “things.” Hopefully she’ll narrow her artistic focus as she matures. Vivian, like many of the girls who came into the studio, was really enjoying the swoosh of her dress on her legs. I remember those days!

Thank you so much to all the parents who took the time to stop by studio hours in August. I had some great laughs at ridiculous three year old logic, and learned a lot about working with these tiny people who live in tiny kingdoms. I’d encourage anyone reading this to consider hiring a photographer to do individual portraits of kids in addition to the normal family portrait type of photos. A child’s life is full of magical moments.

 

If you’re in PDX and would like to know more about our studio news and future casting calls, you can join our newsletter mailing list here.

Portland, Oregon friends: sign up for periodic email updates here.

THREE YEARS OLD: Tyler

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

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Tyler is almost four, with a brand new baby sister. She was the most instantly gregarious of the children who have come into the studio over the past few weeks. Tyler turned the studio into her personal performance platform, dancing and singing as a “contestant” with the stage name Jenny. Charming and playful, she didn’t hesitate to try to boss me around.

I’m still looking for three one more three year old in the Portland area to come in for a studio portrait sitting. Do you know anyone who might be interested? More info here.

THREE YEARS OLD: Miles

Monday, August 15th, 2011

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Miles was excited to come into the studio. His mother is a photographer, so he is no stranger to being in front of the camera. He decided he was going to wear his Harry Potter shirt for his photos. Miles is a mix of influences – he doesn’t hesitate to punch his older and much taller sister smack in the eye, but if you put him near a baby he becomes the most gentle little guy in the world. Also: this kid helped himself to all of my graham crackers!

I’m still looking for three one more three year old in the Portland area to come in for a studio portrait sitting. Do you know anyone who might be interested? More info here.

THREE YEARS OLD: Alinea

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

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Alinea started out already friendly and sweet, and then she found some fluffy pink props in the back of the studio and was in pink princess heaven. In her spare time, Alinea loves to play Mousetrap and Candyland. Personally, I was charmed by her crazy three year old hair.

I’m still looking for three one more three year old in the Portland area to come in for a studio portrait sitting. Do you know anyone who might be interested? More info here.

THREE YEARS OLD: Oscar

Monday, August 1st, 2011

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Oscar has visited the studio before, and he remembers the ceiling fans! Like Jude, he also became obsessed with the fans during his visit, turning them off and on. Oscar wasn’t really into talking with me or answering any questions, but he sure was happy to poke around the studio and look at all the equipment. Being up on a high seat made Oscar nervous.

THREE YEARS OLD: Charlotte

Friday, July 29th, 2011

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Charlotte is usually quite talkative, but was “shy” in the studio. She also decided not to use any words on this visit. She enjoys exploring with her daddy and loves to eat waffles.

THREE YEARS OLD: Seba

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

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Seba is three, but almost four years old. On his birthday, he thinks he might go to OMSI. He is a very serious three year old. His hood protects him from things falling on his head, like snow.