How to photograph kids and pets

Below are 7 tips to photographing pets and children.  Enjoy!

1) get out of your comfort zone and into theirs.   Kids and pets are not tall like adults, so go down to their level.  Try getting low or even on the ground.  You will see all kinds of new angles and possibilities.

2) Dont bark commands and force them into cooperation. Parents are famous for this.  Yes, we want respectful children, but we dont want tantrums, tears, and conniption fits. so sometimes parents just have to relax.

3) Let kids & pets be themselves.  If they want to explore let them, you might just get something really special that you would otherwise not have even considered.

4)  Remember the best portraits are the ones that tell a story and evoke an emotion, not just looking at the camera.  In this way you capture the personalty and emotion of the subject and this is timeless.

5) Saying cheese triggers the mind to make a cheesy smile.  Instead capture a portrait with a real expression.

Smile for the camera

7) Use props like a noise making chicken, sea shells, bubbles, toys, & sand castles for kids, frisbees, dog toys, treats, ocean, and squeaky noise makers for dogs.

6) Have Fun – Remember Getting wet or dirty makes for great story telling.

7) Have dog treats, kids snacks, drinks, towels, and extra clothes standing by.

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If coming to Maui and are interested in a family portrait please contact Maui Photography.   If interested in learning about photography, check out Maui Photo Tours.  Workshops on landscape, basic, I-phone, portraiture, and underwater photography are offered.               If interested in fine art photography or joining wildlife  photography expeditions check out Douglas J Hoffman

Maui Photography Inc. – Holiday Inventory Sale: Everything is 30%off

To Order, contact us via e-mail info@mauiphotography.net or (808) 879-0260

Aloha Everyone,

We are going to have our first “Holiday Inventory Sale”.  All items listed on this blog is 30% off! This offer will be expired on 12/31/11.  Inventory is limited so Hurry to contact us to make purchase.  We accept Visa, Mastercard, Amex or Paypal payment.  

Contact us at info@mauiphotography.net or call (808) 879-0260

On this post, we list all of Canvas print stretched as Gallery wrap.  

These images are printed on canvas, laminated with water base varnish, stretched on 1.5 inch canvas stretcher bar and signed by artist.  Just FYI, All canvas prints will be sold without logo.

“Oneloa” Size 14×21 on canvas stretched as gallery wrap Regular Price $300 is now only $210.


“Rhythm of the Nature” Size 30×40 on canvas stretched as gallery wrap Regular Price $1100 is now only $770.

 

“Journey” Size 24×36 on canvas stretched as gallery wrap Regular Price $800 is now only $560.

 

“Devotion” Size 14×21 on canvas stretched as gallery wrap Regular Price $300 is now only $210.

 

“Serenity” Size 14×21 on canvas stretched as gallery wrap Regular Price $300 is now only $210.

 

“Mother’s Love” Size 14×21 on canvas stretched as gallery wrap Regular Price $300 is now only $210. 

 

“Devotion” Size 14×21 on canvas stretched as gallery wrap Regular Price $300 is now only $210.

 

“Fierce Competitor” Size 24×36 on canvas stretched as gallery wrap Regular Price $800 is now only $560.

 

“Sanctuary” Size 20×30 on canvas stretched as gallery wrap Regular Price $600 is now only $420.

 

“Hope” Size 20×30 on canvas stretched as gallery wrap Regular Price $600 is now only $420.

 

“Sanctuary” Size 20×30 on canvas stretched as gallery wrap Regular Price $600 is now only $420.

 

 

 

Maui Photography launches new business Maui Photo Tours

Over the last few years we have noticed that almost every family coming to Maui has a digital camera. Technology has made it simple to point and shoot and take pictures.  Having said that a lot of people do not know what the settings on their cameras do let alone understand basic rules of composition.

So we decided to help people learn about their cameras while having fun in Maui, and recently started a new division called Maui Photo Tours.

Were offering 1/2 and full day scenic tours and workshops around the island for individuals, families, and small groups.  We will take people to locations that are good for photography and off the beaten path.  Our instructors will show  the best vantage points, provide tips on composition,and help each participant take better photographs.   At the same time he or she will be creating photographs of the tour in order to make a souvenir music side show as a gift to take home.

bamboo forerst

Were also offering mini workshops at peoples homes, or resorts.  We will come and give a concise easy to understand talk about photography and answer all your families questions, then go outside and work together to create portraits of the scenery and each other.

Workshops in Iphone photography, basic and advanced photoshop are also offered.

Check out Maui photo tours  for more information.

Maui Photography – Beautiful Hawaiian Sunsets

Maui Magic

The sunsets are beautiful in Maui.  If coming to the island make sure to take time and enjoy them. Each day the sun sets differently with some more spectacular than others.

To get a good exposure point your camera off to the side of the brightest point in the scene and meter the light.  Most digital cameras today have a light meter inside and that’s what your using to set the exposure.  Once you have determined the values set the shutter and f-stop to match.  Now your ready to then recompose the scene and make the photograph.

If coming to Maui and want to learn more about taking better pictures check this out.

Landscape Photography Workshop

The technology in today’s digital cameras makes it possible for anyone to point the camera, press the button, and take a good picture. However it is the person behind the lens that makes decisions as to composition, and design.

Framing as a compositional element

We have created a fun workshop that demonstrates several of the most important rules of composition and allows photographers to apply them while creating images on a scenic tour of Maui. Sunrise and sunset workshops are offered. During this workshop we will visit locations less traveled enabling participants to learn and see parts of Maui they might otherwise not get to see.

Three Bears Waterfall near Hana

Presentation at Maui Camera Club Nov 14th, 2011

The Maui Camera Club has asked me to do  presentation on November 14th at 6PM. As I just returned from a 5 week trip to Tonga and Fiji I thought it a good idea to show recent whale and shark photographs.  The location is hard to find so call John Hugg at 808 264 2557 for directions. Anyone interested in Humpback Whales or sharks will enjoy this program. It is free and open to the public.

Poetry in Motion

I look forward to seeing some of you there.

After kids go to sleep…

Maui Photography, Inc. Mieko Hoffman I like looking up the sky, night and day.  Tonight was still new moon enough to enjoy beautiful Hawaiian star lights.  Van Gogh is my favorite master artist.  I absolutely admire his work “Starry Night”.  This shot has similar composition to that master piece.  This is straight out from my dear Nikon D3.  I may work on this piece later to make a piece to shine.  ISO 100, 17 mm lens, F2.8, 30 seconds shutter speed.

I love photographing “Night”.

PS. I shot this in our back yard.

PS2.  We do offer Photography Tours and Workshops in Maui.  Please call (808) 879-5753.  mauiphototours.net

Good night…