To feature Pigeon Malaysia‘s new range of premium apparel designs, I was engaged in a toddler fashion shoot to photograph both of their cute and lovely selected talents; Megan and Noemi. Saying that it’s been really difficult photographing both these hyper kids is an understatement. It was actually a very physically and mentally-draining effort, but not without any enjoyment and satisfaction of course.
Yes, focus is a must to ensure capture of that one particular fleeting moment as they dart in and out of frame. So you just got to “dance” with them all along but constantly ensure that they are right at the “sweet spot” where calibrated light hits.
It was really funny at times watching them laugh, sulk or cry and do the most unexpected things. Truly they are a bundle of joy to behold. There was great entertainment and a somewhat strange sense of “de-stressing” in the process of capturing their innocence and lovable disposition.
Here are some behind-the-scenes look at the shoot which took place at my SOHO studio in Seksyen 17, Petaling Jaya.
We spent the entire day shooting but unfortunately, due to the children’s sleeping schedule, we had to start late at 10.30am. We only managed to complete the shoot at 6.00pm. You can imagine my surprise at the extent to which they could maintain their attention on us adults, while we frantically distracted and coaxed precious expressions out of them. We tried it all; e.g. Gangnam style, Bee Gees music, upbeat MTVs, nursery music, etc. You name it!
I seriously thought they would just give up to play by themselves at one point or another but they held on miraculously (they did show signs of restlessness mid way). They just couldn’t help but basking in the attention of 6-8 adults! I do believe they must be really amused by our unusual antics; singing, waving or flashing iPads/mobiles at them.
The concept loosely communicated by Client was one of play time and good times frolicking. It was a pretty straight forward shoot on white background to maximise the flexibility and context in which these pictures can be used on print and online ads. I will just let the following children photography pictures do the talking.