June 2021 // The Children Edition

5 Expert Tips for Child Photography | Anne Geddes

5. KEEP IT SIMPLE

The “KISS” rule works every time. That’s “keep it simple, stupid” and I tell myself this a lot! Not just in relation to my images, but also with my lighting. After all, there really is only one light source in nature, right? I do quite a bit of private portraiture. In fact, for the first 10 years of my career that’s all I did, which was a great learning experience in how to deal with children of all ages. A beautiful classic portrait needs to stand the test of time. And the essence of a great child portrait for me is that the magic and the intangible energy of that child at that particular age is captured. Loose parameters are helpful in order to get the shoot underway and also to avoid total anarchy and chaos. But if you’re too set with your ideas you’ll miss the magic. I think of photography as creating magic out of thin air. And often magic happens suddenly, fleetingly, and completely surprises you. That’s the best gift.

Anne’s imagery singularly captures the beauty, purity and vulnerability of children, embodying her deeply held belief that each and every child must be “protected, nurtured and loved.” A multiple New York Times bestselling author, accompanied by an array of global awards, Anne’s photography has been treasured and enjoyed by many generations. Anne is an inductee in the International Photography Hall of Fame, joining a very select group of photographic luminaries. Anne is recognized as a Global Advocate for children. website: annegeddes.com instagram: @annegeddesofficial

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