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People Pictures: 30 Exercises for Creating Authentic Photographs by Chris Orwig

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16. Wide-Eyed Wonder

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Sophia races down the path to Rincon Beach. I was running next to her and trying to keep up. When kids are excited, they move fast and it’s great to capture all that energy in a single frame.

Canon 5DMii, 24–70mm lens, f/5

CHILDREN LIKE TO RUN, push, poke, prod, jump, and play. They embody a sense of adventure, exploration, and joy. Kids haven’t learned the subtleties of self-control or diplomacy. They are raw, honest creatures who approach the world with wide eyes and wonder. They wiggle and giggle and their imagination isn’t something they restrict with a leash. For them real and pretend are one and the same.

While kids ...

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