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Photographing Children Photo Workshop, Second Edition by Ginny Felch

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Chapter 7: Evoking Expression and Emotion

Observing Emotions and Moods

Visualization

Involving Your Subjects with Nature

Studying Body Language, Gestures, and Movement

Telling a Story with Your Photographs

The Psychology of Photographing Children

As you look through photographs, whether they are your own family photographs, a friend’s collection, or even magazine images, you intuitively flip through them at a certain pace. Every so often you might come across one that stops you, slows you down, and invites you to explore or engage more deeply. It might make you smile, think for a minute, or take you back to a place in time. What a wonderful exercise this is to hone your own observation skills and to see what pulls you in. The chances are very good that the photograph that stops you or slows you down contains something profound or alluring in the expression, mood, and emotion. This is particularly true in children’s photography. Children’s expressions and emotions are usually close to the surface and readily available. As a children’s photographer, you just need to be there, to witness, and to capture, what is offered so freely.

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