How many times have you told your child to be patient? How many times have you run out of patience with your child? As parents, we know a thing or two about patience. Today I share my conversation with Seshu. He is a family photographer, runs the website Tiffinbox.org, and is the father of two rambunctious boys. Seshu talks about how patience helps him get photos of his own family and families he photographs, and how patience helps him sell photos to clients as well.
Many guests on TWiP Family have said when it comes to their own families, their kids are like the cobbler’s children who have no shoes. Not Seshu’s kids. He photographs his boys in their many activities and recently had his own family photographed. We talk about the balance between a posed family photo and moments that happen when the photographer is patient. Both kinds of photos have their place. (I mention these photos that poke fun at the perfect looking photos that show up on social media.)
Seshu tells us the story of this photograph. Who wouldn’t love to have a photo like this now and even more in ten or twenty years?
Seshu talks about how he starts his day looking at a family photo that hangs in his bedroom. He looks at it and thinks, “What am I doing today and who am I doing it for?”
Seshu’s Simple Tip for Parents
Lose the lens cap! Get a filter or simply be mindful of your camera. Be ready. And of course, bend your knees! Don’t stand at you full height all the time while photographing kids. They’ll feel more comfortable if you get on their level and the photos will be more interesting.
Do you have a question about family photography? Maybe there’s a photographer you’d love to hear on the show? Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
On January 1, I started a 365 Project along with a growing number of TWiP Family listeners. You can see the inspiring work of fellow listeners in the Flickr 365 Project group. It’s not too late to start your own personal photo project. Join us on Flickr.