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Posted 10/3/2012 by Rhiannon78 in General Photography


PeaNut 475,580
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Posted: 10/3/2012 6:54:17 PM
Just wanted to share a photo I did this past weekend - He had the most beautiful eyes but could not get him to make eye contact with me at all! And everytime I would move into his line of vision - he would turn away from me! Oh well - you win some, you lose some!


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Posted: 10/3/2012 7:40:05 PM
I feel your pain, I happen to love images like this, but some clients
do not understand this and want only eye contact with a large cheesy smile.

I do try to get both, but the no eye contact thing happens so much with 2-4 year olds, how can they be so smart that way, it actually tuff to do! They come to us all dressed up and we can envision a fantastic protrait, but we get no eye contact at best and a melt down at worst.

Hope your client is one of those who sees beauty in this type of portait, that will make things better. Better "luck" ha ha, next time.

I have tried putting the camera away and just talking to the parent/child for a while and then trying again. If the parents are patient enough that often works.


PeaNut 272,462
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Posted: 10/4/2012 7:32:36 AM
I will tell you what I do with my kids at this age, It might work for you and it might not, but I use it every shoot. I point to my lens and say look right here, and see if u can see Mickey mouse... They always look, and lots of times smile because I said Mickey Mouse.. or ask mom their favorite, and it can be winnie the Pooh or Lightening Mcqueen etc.. It really works for me.

I think a photography class should be a requirement in all educational programs because it makes you see the world rather than just look at it.


PeaNut 173,756
October 2004
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Posted: 10/4/2012 3:16:46 PM
APeacalledLiz taught me a trick that was taught to her here and i have passed on too- Pez dispensers, with a slight modification to the feet, will slide into your hot shoe. I have a wide variety of characters from Pooh to Superheros to Disney Princess to Phineas & Ferb. I can ask the kids to find Ferb and their eyes, while not direct contact, are much closer to eye contact and looking up a bit gets more light in the eyes!

Strangely it works really well for teenage and adult Men too who just don't know what to do with themselves. And they like the candy!



PeaNut 55,678
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Posted: 10/6/2012 8:11:50 AM
you have to have a clown right over your head and behind you. That's what we found to work!

And the King will tell them, when you did it to one of the least of these,you were doing it to me.


PeaNut 517,322
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Posted: 10/7/2012 2:00:41 AM
I have 2 toddlers and they are the reason why I wanted to learn photography but much to my dismay when they wouldn't look even run away when they see me hold a camera.

Most of the better pics I took of them is when I tell them joke that are funny for them. 'I have stinky poop' always works for me. There's nothing funny about it but they think it's hilarious and it's when I took the most natural smile, laugh and giggle..
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PeaNut 475,580
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Posted: 10/7/2012 3:01:30 PM
Thank you ladies for all the great tips! That pez tip is awesome - would never have thought of anything like that!

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