Let me start off by saying that I tremendously respect bloggers who blog regularly. I have tried and have failed miserably. Once work gets too busy, it is simply too hard for me to keep it up. I’m going to break and keep breaking rule no. 1 of blogging: “blog regularly”, so I might as well inform you. The next few weeks it is highly unlikely that I will post a blog. Subsequently there will be a period I may blog every day. Hope you’ll keep reading my posts in the future regardless…
© Nathalie Graafland
Without any exception so far, when doing child photography, I find children are very interested in the equipment. Not just the lamps and how they seemingly miraculously flash without anyone pushing any buttons, but also the cameras and lenses. And of course, they ‘always’ want to try my main camera with its biggest (very, very heavy) lens. So I will compromise and let them use my backup camera with a light lens instead. And this is the part where different characters come into play and show. Some will aim it anywhere and just keep clicking away non-stop for 3 minutes, others will take 3 minutes to focus precisely and click once.
Naturally, I will take pictures of the child taking pictures, but strangely enough, I always automatically delete their results (which yes, even if I pre-set the camera for them, it is clear they were shot by them, not me). As of now I have decided to stop doing so, and see what gathering, comparing and combining their results will amount up to. To re-quote Twyla Tharp from my previous post: “Everything is raw material. Everything is relevant. Everything is usable. Everything feeds into my creativity”. And if it doesn’t, perhaps they will at least serve as a nice keeper for the parents and children I photograph.
© Nathalie Graafland
The traveling Adorable Ankle Biters Child Photography exhibition has found its first home in Medical Centre Buytenwegh, which after an impressive renovation opened its doors again last January and celebrated the occasion on February 2nd 2012. The exhibition of approximately twenty Adorable Ankle Biters photos will be there until September 2012.
If your organisation is interested in offering space for this free exhibition (in The Netherlands only), please contact me.
For more information regarding Adorable Ankle Biters Child Photography, please visit www.adorableanklebiters.com (currently in Dutch only).
Life has its unusual ways. So one quits one’s job to become a full-time artist, and what interferes is “life”. Unexpected – but not serious – medical issues had paused my current ambitions, and then, equally unexpected, I found great pleasure in something I would have never guessed: child photography. What bliss to be spending time with creatures so uninhibited and so authentic through a lens. I guess I had to experience it before appreciating it. So here we are… still on a path to being an artist, but having found at least one way to be truly content with how I spend my time…
Photo by Nathalie Graafland