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I ventured into the great outdoors and spotted a wild two year old lion on the prowl. Looks like I got a little too close! Luckily, I made it out with only a li...
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I ventured into the great outdoors and spotted a wild two year old lion on the prowl. Looks like I got a little too close! Luckily, I made it out with only a little paint on my lens ;)
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11 Comments | Report
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots May 27, 2015
Adorable capture! Awarded.
KDRphotography PRO
KDRphotography May 27, 2015
Hey thank you!! That's really kind of you :)
chadsonnenberg PRO
 
chadsonnenberg May 29, 2015
the best part of this photo as a parent I am sure I can actually hear the child. Well Done
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots May 30, 2015
Congrats!
dareco PRO+
 
dareco May 31, 2015
Super adorable!!!
2MyEye
 
2MyEye September 23, 2015
Congratulations! Well done!
gatorchaser
 
gatorchaser May 17, 2016
Heck yea! Love it
Eyeconic
 
Eyeconic March 16, 2017
Superb work - love it!
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adavies August 22, 2017
So cute...great capture! If you haven't done so already, please consider joining my Make a Mess portrait challenge:)
https:// viewbug.com/challenge/make-a-mess-no-nudes-photo-challenge-by-adavies
KDRphotography PRO
 
KDRphotography March 21, 2018
You all are what makes it worth it. Thank you so much for your kind words ??
JM18Photography PRO+
 
JM18Photography April 08, 2018
Congratulations!
miguelvienna
 
miguelvienna Jul 18
WOW!!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This picture was taken during a wildlife safari... Just kidding! It was taken in my backyard. We just moved to an acre of land in Arizona and it was my first time taking my camera outside with my son to explore.
Time
So, for this picture, I went out with my son about midday and waited until the cloud coverage was right so the sun wasn't too harsh.
Lighting
The lighting was all natural! Normally, I don't like taking pictures in the middle of the day, but cloudy days are one of my favorite because the lighting is always diffused.
Equipment
I used a Nikon D7000 and a 18-300 mm lens. No other equipment used.
Inspiration
As a family photographer, I am always looking for beautiful pictures that represent the children that I work with. The day that I took this picture, I had initially wanted to get a gorgeous picture of my son, looking serene and like something you might find on Pinterest. Except, when I went to take the picture, he decided that he wanted to be a tiger. He was also covered in paint and dirt from pretty extensive mud-pie action on the porch. So instead of trying to force a picture, I just let him keep "scaring" my camera, and I got a picture that defines exactly who he is today as a two year old wild-child.
Editing
I did very minimal work with this picture. I took out a few background distractions and I enhanced the colors, but there wasn't much else that I needed to improve.
In my camera bag
Oh goodness, don't unlock Pandora's box! I have many different lenses, but my go-to favorites are my 35 mm, 50 mm and my 18-300. I also carry bubbles and whatever left over prop or snack that I was using during my latest session!
Feedback
Okay, so one of my biggest pet peeves with photographers especially when working with children is the tendency to try and make them into something that they aren't and make them do something that they don't want to. It can be overwhelmingly tempting to ask the child to smile, but usually you will get really forced looking faces. Obviously my son is used to my camera (I practically stuffed it in the womb with him), but one of the best ways to get a fun and natural expression like this is to take the pressure off. Don't stuff your kid in clothes they wouldn't normally wear, don't change up their routine. Just follow them to where THEY want to be and then let them interact with you. Turn it into a game. For instance with this shot, I let my son feel powerful by sitting below him and asking him to growl. As he was perched up on his seat, he felt like a lion, and I'm pretty sure that it shows!

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