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The challenge of toddler and small fast moving people portraits while shooting on a tripod – aka challenging oneself

Todays post is all about challenges and Kama – First the challenges –

 

After listening to one of my favourite portrait photographer’s new pod casts – the fab Gina Milicia , I began considering my feeling towards my own personal & client work. Breaking it down what do I create?

I create family stories photographically. I look at my walls & around me are portraits of my family (both shot by me & also my lovely wife) & mixed with a few special events of our lives (namely my children’s christening portraits & those of my own god-daughter).

Looking at this moments, I personally know what it is like to have my memories close.

 

Listening to Gina’s interview, I started thinking about all of this again & how I can challenge myself to grow my own photographic skills with a view to be even better not just for my clients but for myself too.

My challenge today was to photograph my son Lukas – the very active 17 month old, who never sits still for more than a few moments – whilst shooting on a tripod. There were a lot of laughs today (most of them at me being the clown to get that shot I wanted or could visualise in my head!)

Now this doesn’t sound too much different to my normal effort (but for those friends & clients who’ve ever tried to photograph their young children or seen me working know how challenging it can be to just get that perfect characterful portrait).

Here are two of my fav portraits – There are heaps & I still haven’t worked my way through them all yet!

Mike Constantinou, child portrait, melbourne, christening photographer,

 

Even though I was working (well goofing around) with my own little lad, today just reaffirmed my love of working with little kids & especially creating fun children portraits.. now the hard part to go though all the ‘final’ portraits with Yel to work out which ones we’ll get printed, framed & join the other memories we keep so close.

Love & Light,

Mike

 

(Apologies for the long post title… its a throw back to my youth and one of my favourite Pearl Jam tracks!)

 

PS – if anyone is interested in checking out Gina’s work – check out the following links and pages & enjoy!

Gina Milica

 

 

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Looking forward to an awesome 2015!!

Welcome to 2015!

With 2014 being a very interesting mix I am really excited for 2015!

I am looking at getting back to basics this year and really focusing on what I truly love to create for my beautiful clients & re-aligning with my personality & ideals.

Now for something totally unrelated:

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Its funny how more difficult it is to simplify and streamline what I create that what it had organically grown into over the last few years. Please keep an eye on this space (my website Jelly Bean Photography) for my updates which are all designed with both my existing clients and new clients in mind.

 

Looking forward to meeting lots of new families this year,

Love & Light,

Mike

Welcome to another opportunity for to show gratitude for life, love, family and photography – 2015

Thank-you to my beautiful wife for capturing this moment today, which just about sums up how grateful I am!

Mike_Constantinou_Portraits_Personal_3231What do I find awesome, playing games with my kiddies – battles between Lukas the space brush wielding adventurer Vs Alysia the Frozen power princess with her icy blasts of magic!

 

#afterdinnerfun #nerddad #mikeconstantinou #personal #portriture #2015

 

Ye-Ha!

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My little cowgirl – off to a birthday party! Boy oh boy this little lady sure likes to dress up, one day she’s bat girl & the next a cow girl – YeHa!!

 

I absolutely love capturing childrens portraits but even more when it’s my own! It’s coming up to the crazy/busy time of year again (can you believe Christmas is just around the corner?!) so Mum’s & Dad’s don’t forget to take your cameras to all your family get togethers and as someone there to take your family photo – because – let me guess that in 99% of your family snaps, someones always missing!

 

Better yet, hire a professional portrait photographer! They are not as expensive as you think and what they craft for you is priceless, especially in years to come. I won’t use this as a shameless plug (as I know my style is not for everyone) –

 

Now get out there and enjoy your day!

 

~ Mike

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