Tag Archives: Children

Photographing Kids and Animals

W. C. Fields once said “Never work with kids or animals.” Here at Bohm-Marrazzo Photography, we disagree. We work with children and animals on a regular basis because we enjoy it! Don’t be fooled, working with kids and animals is not easy. As fun and warm-hearted people, it’s a natural ability for Linda Bohm and Gerry Marrazzo to be so well-versed in animal training and child wrangling.The combination of photographic expertise and psychology allows for the capture of perfect expressions and poses on those two or four-legged subjects.

Here are some basic tips for photographing, the sometimes hard to manage subjects of animals and children:

  • Patience is a virtue. As obvious as this may sound, it can be easy to lose patience when trying to get a subject who doesn’t understand you to do what you want.
  • Reward them! When using food or toys to get the attention of an animal or kid, allow them to get a little taste or get their hands (or paws) on that toy for a moment to maintain their interest.
  • Mi studio es su casa. Make them feel at home. Creating a comfortable environment where you’re shooting helps to take some stress of the subject.
  • Minimize distractions. Only one person should be trying to get the attention of the subject. When multiple people are calling or waving toys and treats, the animal or kid doesn’t know who to look at creating confusion.
  • Give them (and yourself) a break. If things aren’t going so smoothly and your subject is getting antsy, let them take a few minutes to relax off set.

Happy Shooting! 

 

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Rain, rain, go away…or stay.

There is something relaxing and beautiful about a rainy summer day. The heavy grey clouds filter the harsh sun into a calming soft light.
Cool droplets of water sprinkle the thirsty plants and over-baked pavement. Spend the day inside enjoying the simple pleasures of home. Or go out and embrace the weather.
Overcast skies often create some of the most captivating light for photography. Take an umbrella (for you and your camera), and photograph out in the rain!

Go ahead, jump in the puddles; get soaked! Who said a beautiful day had to be a sunny day?

Happy Shooting. 🙂

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Summer Days

Summer is officially here and the heat is starting to rise. It’s time to break out the ice cold lemonade and SPF 50 sunblock. Sometimes the only way to beat the heat on a summer afternoon is to just take a run through the sprinklers. Thanks to the Stewart family for having some fun with us and really capturing the spirit of summer.

Here are a few tips to get some great summer shots:

  1. When shooting outdoor portraiture try using a flash to fill in harsh sunlight shadows.
  2. Keep your camera in a cool place! Don’t leave it to bake in the sun on the dashboard of your car.
  3. Just as you wear sunglasses and baseball caps to protect your eyes, for a little extra shade use a lens hood or a UV filter for your camera.
  4. Make sure to compensate for the deep shadows and bright highlights you get from the noon-time sun.

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
 American writer, Henry James

Happy shooting; stay cool!

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Behind the Scenes

Our team at Bohm-Marrazzo had a wonderful time shooting a local baby TV commercial last week. As you can see it’s all smiles and laughter for the little ones. This behind the scenes photo turned out to be a great image. Sometimes what’s going on around the main event is worth taking the time to capture, too.

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So remember to let your inner child come out and have some fun. No one ever really grows up anyway, right?

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BABY BONANZA

This week has literally been BABY MANIA!

We are shooting a NJ local cable TV commercial – featuring BABIES!

For the past few days, and for the rest of the week, we have not only been looking at photos of these pudgy little monsters but also meeting them in the studio to take some updated photos and meet them in person..

All of the gooby smiles and baby soft skin make it worth the countless diaper changes in our waiting room!

Some helpful hints to help deal with a room full of babies on shoot day?

1.  Bubbles! Who doesn’t love them – They calm the nervous parent and amuse the little bums!

2. Peek-a-boo!  Wait, where did you just come from!?!

3. Laughing ! These babies need to know that they aren’t the doctors office getting a shot – so have fun! Be silly! Make ridiculous faces! Make some noises! Be a kid again!

Photos soon to follow

I think it’s time we all take a nap! 🙂

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