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Beach photography with children - Chris Hanley is a professional wedding and portrait photographer. Here's one of his tips for photographing children.

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Chris HanleyChris Hanley is one of Damien Lovegroves training experts and also one of Damien's co tutors.   Courses are now available on how to replicate their shooting styles on Damien's website.  You can also visit Chris Hanley's blog for more information.

Here's his tip:

"Build the children a sand model. I make a speedboat that they can sit in. Once the boat has been built, add a spade for a steering wheel and get them to sail off on an adventure. This captivates them for a good 15mins and keeps them in one place.

The clever bit is building the sand model in the right place. Before you start building, look at the background from 360 degrees. 

Aim for a nice sea backdrop and maybe a golden sand backdrop or bright colourful out of focus beach brollies. 

Stick the 70-200mm on the camera and shoot gorgeous pictures from about 10 foot away paying attention to your backgrounds. Shoot ISO 200 f/5.6 for quality. 

Keep the picture tight and bright. If  its hot and sunny, don't forget to make sure the children have sunblock on and sun hats."


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2 Aug 2009 - 11:12 PM

Great tip, that picture is beautiful.

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31 Dec 2009 - 4:43 PM

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31 Dec 2009 - 4:43 PM

Thanks Chris - a good tip. Another Idea is to send the kids off looking for fairies and elves in the forest - shoot with a telephoto lens a little distance away and they'll hardly know you're there. Okay they are moving around but it makes for some naturally unposed photographs.

e_villeda  6
14 Jan 2010 - 3:55 AM

Good tip, thank you

11 Apr 2010 - 9:50 PM

chris! fab photo! and you were the photographer at my uncles wedding when i was bridesmade!
they were richard and geraldine howe! last december!
i was looking on your website at the pics of the wedding , brilliant photoes!

25 May 2011 - 11:36 AM

Thanks for the tips, very useful Smile

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