As you can tell by the title, I may have issues with who I am. Nothing major, but for some time now I’ve started seeing myself as a renowned travel blogger. I blame my family for this incorrect, dare I say inflated, perception of myself when it comes to my photography. There’s my father who tells everyone he meets about his world-renowned photographer-son; my nephew thinks I should work for National Geographic; my mother is waiting for me to produce a coffee table book … and so it goes.
But as much as I love travelling and the blogging about it, I realised recently that I have become what I always feared – a family photographer. Egad! Cutesy schmootsy posed shots that make grandparents beam.
Of course, families often include children – the most difficult subjects to shoot. Well, apart from small wild animals. I’d say they are on a par.
As I was looking through some of the photos I’ve taken in Canuckistan, I realised that shooting children takes a steady hand, anticipation, and multiple rapid-fire shots. Literally, a split-second makes a difference. But rather than try to explain it, I thought I’d share some of my favourites.
And then, in some cases the different shots (if you can actually get them in focus) have their own special qualities, where either could work on its own, but where they tell a story better together.
The series also wouldn’t be complete without a montage of kids’ micro (or in this case macro) expressions, all within a second or two of each other!
And finally, kids will be kids will be kids – no matter what their age! (Shot at the rodeo I attended in July.)