Shiloh + Skylar

These adorable girls are my nieces. 

Shiloh, age 7.

Shiloh, age 7.

Skylar, age 4.

Skylar, age 4.

Their photos are on my website and frequent my social media. My sister loves that her girls have a professional photographer for an uncle, but not every photo is perfect.

Last Christmas, I had a very stressful photo shoot with them. Shiloh is seven so she was very well behaved and knew what to do.  But Skylar, who is four, threw a huge tantrum. She refused to be photographed and cried for more than half an hour. That's why you Shiloh looking so elegant in her Christmas dress but Skylar with her back to you. 

Yet another one from the day where Shiloh smiled her big smile, as usual, but Skylar would not even turn around.

Yet another one from the day where Shiloh smiled her big smile, as usual, but Skylar would not even turn around.

Later, I found out it was because my studio lights seemed too big and scary to her. She really taught me a lesson about photographing children after I have already been doing so for a couple of years now. A non-threatening object can look like a monster in the eyes of a child.

For next time, I need to make sure the children I photograph are not afraid of my lights and if they are, I need to be more intentional about getting them used to it. If that does not work, I will need to try to hide the lights behind something or take them outdoors.


Here are more images of Shiloh. (I don't play favorites with my nieces - I just don't have any of Skylar by herself except with her back turned to me.)

 
 

These photos were taken on Fujifilm X-T1 camera with Fujifim 56mm f/1.2 lens.