I have often thought to myself that it is much easier to photograph wildlife than people. Not a view many people agree with, but I have always struggled and found it stressful to get “that” shot when working with portraits.
So, as it was bank holiday weekend here in the uk, meaning I had an extra day to entertain the kids, I thought I would get in some extra practise!
It was a sunny Saturday morning, and decided that the beach would be the venue. Not only does it make a lovely backdrop, I knew the kids could have some fun there. (Unlike some local gardens I once took them to – not making that mistake again!)
My eldest decided, before we even left the house that cartoons on the TV was more appealing than the beach. However, my youngest was full of enthusiasm at the idea, so it was two against one. We went to the beach.
We had about half an hour of protest from my eldest on arrival – everything was wrong! Until she got to climb some rocks, found a fossil, had a rock throwing contest, got to have a go at taking some photos with my camera (I’m so brave!), and build a stone castle complete with stone jail! It turns out there is a lot to do at the beach – and “it really is fun!”
So, making the most of those moments when they were engrossed in play I was able to get some lovely natural shots of them.
By the time we were due to leave she didn’t want to go and declared it was the best day ever!
The bonus was that I was pleased with my shots, although I still stand by my claim that bugs and beasties are less stressful to photograph!