Six tips for capturing moments that last a lifetime
Our brand photographer shares his secrets to capturing memorable moments
We love to see photos like the ones above and below — children horsing around or just having fun while the click of a camera captures their joy. Often, we tell you the story of who’s in the photo, but what about the photographer? How did he get such a great photo and how can you?
Juris Kornets, who has snapped shots professionally in more than 60 countries, recently volunteered to travel to Africa to take photos in our countries of operation. Here are his tips to getting great shots — tips that could apply to proud parents or proud sponsors visiting their sponsored child.
1) Have patience. It can take 15 minutes or more of shooting every child that jumps in front of you. Keep shooting, you can always delete later. Eventually, they will tire of the game and revert to what they were doing before you came along. This is your chance to get the shots you really wanted.
2) Get to their level. Children are much smaller than the average photographer, so get down to their level — stoop, kneel or bend your knees. It will make for a more compelling, intimate image than standing and shooting from your high vantage point.
3) Look behind you. In nearly every village I shot in Ethiopia, Ghana and Burkina Faso, there was a scene playing out behind me as I was photographing the subject in front of me. A quick turnaround can capture interesting moments.
4) Anticipate what’s coming. When you see a child or a group running towards you, anticipate that something interesting may happen. Have your camera ready to catch that first shot — it can often be your best.
5) Preserve the dignity of your subjects. This also means representing their surroundings faithfully and fairly.
6) Capture the true essence of a person. When you look into their eyes in the photograph, the viewer wants to see a reflection of the subject’s personality. Capturing that will make the difference between grabbing a memorable image rather than a hasty snapshot.
Whether shooting photos of children around the world or capturing your children in your backyard, if you follow these steps, you’ll get stunning images of children at their best. You’ll also create memories to last a lifetime.
Photography by Juris Kornets
About Christian Children’s Fund of Canada:
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-centred international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For more than 55 years, CCFC has worked with children, communities, donors and other partners — changing lives through improved health, education and clean water. CCFC works in 12 countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, to support more than 700,000 children, youth and community members.