Fun Kids Portraits

portrait-of-child-chasing-bubblesI love to capture the spontaneity of a child playing by creating fun kids portraits. An unscripted session allows me to share my craft of unique vision for my clients. One of my taglines is: My vision…your memories. I love it when my clients trust me to fulfill that obligation. It is really my purpose, my WHY am I in the business of portrait photography. I promise my clients a one-of-a-kind custom portrait, one that they will enjoy for years to come. I often bring bubbles to a portrait session for that reason. I love to photograph bubbles; they are a translucency that is a magical addition to a children’s portrait.

I photographed this little girl on a warm, humid Georgia morning. It was the middle of the summer and we started early before it got too hot. She was very cooperative and loved being photographed. After a set of the typical posed images, I got out my bubbles and the rest of the session was pure magic. She acted as if no one else was present. Her interaction with the bubbles was priceless. She tried to juggle them, catch them, eat them, jump for them and chase them. She was tireless so the session went on and one. The parents were enjoying watching her as if they had never seen her react like that before. I think they were having as much fun as her. I certainly had fun too; not bad for a day’s work. After an hour or so we wrapped it up.

When I first saw the images, I was drawn to this one more than any of the others.

The conversion to black and white was done after the session. I love the softness of the image. I decided to do a split-tone so the bubbles still appear in color. The subtle black and white tones in this image are perfect for the mood of the image. I saved the original color image so I could compare the two and after some time, I decided I liked the black and white better.

The composition of the image was planned during the actual photography. I intentionally placed the subject off-center so she was running toward the bubbles. The attention is drawn to the little girl’s face and she tries to catch the bubbles. It took several attempts to make sure the child was captured in action with no blur to her hands or feet. Although there is no blur, there is movement I her hair and her dress which shows movement in the scene.

One of my favorite quotes is from Dr. Seuss “sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory” has been a mantra of mine for a long time. It has been one of the core principles for my children and family photography. When I was photographing her I was thinking just how the parents will feel about this image in years to come. Fun kids portraits, candid photography, lifestyle photography all mean the same and it is why I love to do.



About marybuck1@bellsouth.net

Mary Buck is a photographer, instructor and mentor in Atlanta. She owns Lightscapes Portrait Studio and teaches photography courses at Studio 2.8 Photography Learning Center. She recently opened an online store which called Message in a Petal, Inspirational Art Printed on Metal. You can view her portrait site here, the photography school here and the online store here.