My Journey Photographing Children

5

I think that's all that I can share from my journey photographing children. I know the result is still not good at all but I'll learn, especially from all of your amazing children's Lomography photos =D Cheers ^_^

Credits: hervinsyah

I have to admit that I dislike children, especially when the little boy starts using their “lethal weapon” a.k.a. loud crying for asking something to their parents. It’s everyday sound pollution that I get when I go to some place with public transportation. Mostly little boy inside of small public transportation in my hometown start crying when they want their parent to get them toys or take them to a playground.

But it’s all changed when my cute little cousins, Nabila Ekaningsih a.k.a. Bella come visit my family on her primary school holiday couple years ago.

She’s so funny, cute, unexpected and talented. She like to draw and her drawings remind me of Radiohead’s artwork album which contain the innocence of children’s drawings. Unfortunately we seldom meet again, because her home is very far in Cimahi, a suburb outside of Bandung, we only met in Idul Fitri, the Big Day of Islamic after Ramdhan’s fasting month.

From my journey of photographing children, I wanna share to avoid using the “tipster” word cause I’m still learning =p, here are some of my sharing :

1. The big mistake that I learned from photographing my cute little cousins was I shot it from above which made her cuteness disappear, so please shoot your adorable one with your position below your cute children to make their inner cuteness stand out.

2. It’s still a dilemma for me where should I ask the object’s permission or should I shoot them without asking. If I ask their permission and they say yes, they will pose for me which I dislike because of their artificial pose. But if I shoot them candidly, the possibilities are they will be angry at me, or they will express their shocking face which is an ugly look. It’s two of the biggest possibilities when you shoot a Lomography camera without a zoom option such as mine, namely the La Sardina, Fisheye, and Horizon Perfekt. Fortunately this cute little stranger posed naturally =)

3. Children are unpredictable. Their pure innocent heart makes them unable to differentiate which one is good or bad. It’s their parent’s fault if their children does something dangerous, like this beautiful little girl that I saw on dark cloudy Saturday morning a couple years ago. She dug up the soil with a sharp knife on her hand alone.

4. Did you watch the Austin Powers movie? If yes, maybe this Mini Me figure reminds you of the famous sentence “Like Father like son”. Yes, children are the best copy cat creatures in this world. So be careful when you do something bad in front of your children’s eye.

5. Most children are very brave if they mingle with their friends. So if they ask or even push you to shoot them, just shoot them even you didn’t want to, because they will pose insanely for you. =)

6. Before we are an adult, a teenager, or older, we were a child. Bringing back my childhood memories are very hard. In my lovely childhood I’m very “don’t think” and a play everyday little boy (actually I’m still don’t think and play everyday until now which caused me being 5 years being unemployed =p), so it’s very important to act like a child again, but if you dare, because many of our similar aged friends dislike our childish behavior =) So, I chase this hardworking little girl and ignore the adult to snap how dedicated she was to collecting this fish.

7. Oh, I almost forget, I don’t know in your country but I have read about photographers who are sued by parents who don’t want their child to be photographed. It hasn’t happened in my country but knowing the rule when you are photographing cute little strangers is important. And this cute little girl, I snapped her without permission =p

8. One thing, sometime children remind you of sweet memories that you have forgotten because of a hectic busy daily life as a teenager, adult, or elder. This girl and her grandpa remind me of beautiful memories of me and my grandpa who passed away when I was 10 years old.

Credits: hervinsyah

written by hervinsyah on 2012-11-26 in #gear #tipster #tipster #cute-little-girl-boy-daughter-son-children-bandung-west-java-indonesia-south-east-asia #art

5 Comments

  1. taufik_rachman
    taufik_rachman ·

    Masih ada mamih di fotonya

  2. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    @taufik_rachman : Satu-satunya foto almarhumah mamih pake almarhum holga 135bc, pik T-T kemarin pas epin beli film slide di jatinangor lewat cigereleng jadi keinget lagi. jaman dulu indah sekali pisan, sayang epin jarang motret, terutama rumah mamih yang dulu sebelum kena banjir & artworknya aki Dayat

  3. ekeupratama
    ekeupratama ·

    film slide di jatinangor dmn kang?

  4. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    @ekeupratama : Di Rizki Insani, orangnya waktu itu ngiklanin lapaknya di grup fb lomonesia bandung,

  5. ekeupratama
    ekeupratama ·

    oh kirain berbentuk toko hehe..

More Interesting Articles

  • A Salute to the Masters: Judo (A Tribute to Sabine Weiss)

    written by sirio174 on 2015-04-18 in #people #lifestyle
    A Salute to the Masters: Judo (A Tribute to Sabine Weiss)

    This article is a tribute to the street and humanist photographer Sabine Weiss. Considered a living legend in street photography, she likes to photograph daily lives of people, trying to capture the emotions she recognizes around her. Weiss like to photograph people of all ages but she especially loves to take photos of children, masterfully immortalizing their spontaneous gestures and emotions. For this article, I was inspired by one of her rare sports photos of some children practicing judo. Do you want to know more about this great artist? Well, read on!

  • 12 Months, 12 Projects: March Of Caffenol

    written by Maaike van Stratum on 2015-04-12 in #world #lifestyle
    12 Months, 12 Projects: March Of Caffenol

    My list of resolutions for 2015 consists of 12 projects, one for every month. March was for caffenol. You have probably heard of the amazing fact that you can develop black and white photos with coffee, sodium, and vitamin C. I had tried this before but with less than stellar results. Somehow, there's always something going wrong. Time to devote a few rolls to caffenol to finally get the hang of it.

    1
  • My Year in Analogue: Something New, Something Old

    written by murdoc_niccals on 2014-12-15 in #lifestyle
    My Year in Analogue: Something New, Something Old

    Hi, everyone! I'd like to share with you my 2014 summary on analogue photography. Some things I did were completely new, while some were my good old habits. This year I learned how to develop black and white film, which I consider my greatest milestone. But the most important thing is that in 2014, I remain in love with Lomography! And the rest? Well, let's see...

    3
  • Shop News

    Colorsplash your World!

    Colorsplash your World!

    At 30% off you can now color your analog images with 12 different color gels. Experiment with 35mm slide film and play with the built-in color flash for the most intense colors!

  • From Russia with Love: Motorama Shoots with the La Sardina Splendour

    written by zonderbar on 2014-08-04 in #people #lomoamigos
    From Russia with Love: Motorama Shoots with the La Sardina Splendour

    I don't know many bands from Russia but one that I've been admiring for years is Motorama from Rostov-on-Don. With catchy tunes and adorable videos, they took my heart by storm and that of fans from all over the world. Because of their Russian origin, Motorama is of course familiar with Lomo products. Reason enough to let them become our latest LomoAmigos! Enjoy the interview with singer Vlad and check out their B&W photos, taken with a La Sardina Splendour.

  • The LomoChrome Purple and How Its Colors Convinced Me in the End

    written by pearlgirl77 on 2014-07-29 in #reviews
    The LomoChrome Purple and How Its Colors Convinced Me in the End

    I wasn't very impressed when the LomoChrome Purple was first released. At least not so much that I wanted to get my hands on it at once. Of course I liked some pictures but eventually, I wanted to test it and what can I say? It was love at first sight!

    8
  • Solo Biking Routes: Ubud in Bali, Indonesia

    written by adi_totp on 2014-07-30 in #world #locations
    Solo Biking Routes: Ubud in Bali, Indonesia

    Have you all watched "Eat, Pray, Love"? I was inspired by Julia Roberts, who rode a bicycle in that movie, so I decided to rent one and try it myself! This happened two years ago but I still remember my biking route. To all of you who haven't been to Ubud, I think you should visit the place and try to go around in a bicycle!

    7
  • Shop News

    Lubi Scooby Doo! Save 15% on Lomography film in the Bundle with the Lubitel!

    Lubi Scooby Doo! Save 15% on Lomography film in the Bundle with the Lubitel!

    This beautiful camera features such ability to let users choose and switch between 35mm or 120 formats! Shoot more, save more! Get this Lubitel camera and get 15% discounts with Lomography Films!

  • Film Experiments: A Roll of Film in Acid

    written by simonesavo on 2014-08-29 in #gear #tipster
    Film Experiments: A Roll of Film in Acid

    This is a film soup that I came up with a long time ago but was not happy about it at all. In fact, I've slightly modified it for this tipster that I'm about to share with you. Read on to find out more.

    1
  • The Magic Yet To Come: Part 5

    written by Lomography on 2014-09-06 in #news
    The Magic Yet To Come: Part 5

    Last week, I received the strangest thing through my letterbox. It was a postcard with this photograph on 1 side. The photo is of me sitting by the sea whilst I was on vacation last year. But I have literally no idea who took this shot – That’s why I came here, to ask for your help on my search for my mysterious photographer and to try and get to bottom of the riddle they wrote me. Please help me if you can!

    10
  • Fresh from the Lab: 1990

    written by adi_totp on 2014-08-08 in #lifestyle
    Fresh from the Lab: 1990

    A weekend without a lomowalk seems bad, at least for me. One Saturday morning, I decided to join my friends in their lomowalk. It was all cloudy at first but it didn't stop me from going out and walking. I brought my new Nikon FM2 and some expired rolls, just to test my camera. Was it just me being sleepy, or was my Nikon FM2 acting up? My photos turned out grainy, pale, and, in my opinion, looking so 1990s?

    1
  • Shop News

    Feed your LC-A 120 the finest emulsions and save!

    Feed your LC-A 120 the finest emulsions and save!

    Shoot more with LC-A 120 without breaking your budget! The Phoblographer Editor’s Choice Award Winner now comes in a Bundle with 120 format film at 15% off!

  • Creativity means Connecting Things - A Splitzer for the LC-A 120

    written by jennifer_pos on 2015-03-07 in #gear #lifestyle #tipster
    Creativity means Connecting Things - A Splitzer for the LC-A 120

    I don’t like to split. A split means distance, separation, it means categorical divergence. We split hairs, we split incomes, we split up. So the first thing we have to know here is that a Splitzer – different from what you might have thought - is not at all a nasty boy splitting things up.

    4
  • Transient Living: Armitage & McMillan in Denver, Colorado

    written by maliha on 2015-01-07 in #world #locations
    Transient Living: Armitage & McMillan in Denver, Colorado

    If you want to know the heart of a person, peek inside his/her wardrobe! And no, nobody famous said that; I only just made it up. But really, don't you think it's true? After all, the way we dress screams our personality; at least for most of us. And that is why, as soon as I land on a new city, one of the things I absolutely must do is find the local boutiques. Sure, I love the fancy chain boutiques as much as the next person, but there's just something else about a local clothing store. It's unique!

  • I am a Mad Analogue Scientist: New Experiments with 35mm Films and Chemicals

    written by blackfairy on 2014-08-07 in #gear #tipster
    I am a Mad Analogue Scientist: New Experiments with 35mm Films and Chemicals

    Unfortunately, it happens sometimes that your resulting pictures are not what you expected - the image doesn't look that good, the colors are bland, and the subject is banal. Indeed, it couldn't be picture of the year! Herein I propose a second chance for your pictures by modifying your 35mm negatives. Just pick up some ideas from here, experiment, and scan your negatives with the Lomography Smartphone Scanner. Anything is possible: burning, scratching, putting on hydrochloric acid, balsamic vinegar, nail polish, bleach, or raspberry juice... use your imagination and write down your new film soup recipe! You can find a sample of the effects in this article.

    13