I was just out in California teaching a class with Sigma lenses and Samy’s camera on how to photograph children! A lot of photographers struggle with how to get authentic expressions out of children without having them look too stiff, so that’s mostly what I teach in these classes. I have all kinds of fun silly games that I play with the children that I’m photographing so that it’s not a boring experience for them and I get real smiles. The students learn a pile of jokes and critical life skills like how to make fart noises with their hands.
I don’t tend to get a ton of images when I teach these classes because of course the students are supposed to be practicing their photography skills instead. But, these are the ones that I got while I was demonstrating before the students took their turns.
Also, I certainly learned a lot about California law before going out! I had no idea that all children who are working need to be accompanied by a studio teacher, even on Saturdays and even when it’s only two hours and requires no schoolwork. That was completely new territory for me!
Check out my press page for upcoming classes I’m teaching, I’d love to see you there!