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Generally, when I'm working with kids and families, I find it best to start with the available light. We went upstairs and we got a big bathtub up there, and there is a lot of light there. We have a lot of little toys around the edges. My wife Francoise has them there for kids when they come. She was so right, because it became a playpen. (video playing) It's quite important to have things that kids can relate to.
I mean, we have crayons around here and paper. I have one boy whom I photographed a number of years, Sean, he had one year that outer space was his passion, and the next year it was dinosaurs. If you can relate to them on their terms, a child for example with a toy or something like that, or something that they can participate with, they have their communication running with you. (video playing) Here is Jack. He comes in, and he was a little frightened at first too, but Christian put him into the tub with James, and he started to light up and smile.
(video playing) And this one point he got a little frightened, but that was taken away pretty quickly, because his dad came and held him for a minute. And then James came over and started talking to him. I was just working quickly. I shot a lot of pictures very fast.
Normally I don't shoot rapidly, but I did with these kids, because I kept seeing good pictures. I had a zoom lens at 24-105. There was quite a bit of light there. So I was on what's a fairly high ISO for that. I was at 1250, and my shutter speeds were running at 250th of a second, at 56. What I liked about that place is the light outside would be blown out a little bit--that was intentional--and be overexposed probably two or three stops, at least. I wanted it to be a little more fairly like, more like a nursery.
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