Tag Archives: candid

Portrait of a Bride and explanation of Candid Photography

I really enjoy so many aspects of photography, and so many different “looks” and types, that it is hard to decide on a specific style that I enjoy most. This is certainly a joyful style for me, though- the candid portrait. Formal portraits, or something where I can control light, looks, expressions, etc, are all very fun and a good place to show skill as a photographer. Candids are more about speed and the ability to catch an unguarded look.

Anyways, see more of my work (lots of candids, but much variety as well) at www.kelleybard.com. Enjoy!


Unconventional Kid’s Portrait & How to Get Good Children’s Portraits

This boy seemed like he didn’t quite want to be in his family’s photo shoot. He kept making faces and refusing to smile. I thought that having some fun with him might be the key, so I arranged for a kids shoot at the playground. He isn’t smiling here, but he got much happier and easier to photograph once I tried a few photos like this one!

Plus, after this one, I was able to get some of the photos that I thought might be more appreciated by his family. But, they did want a photo book of fun, candid images… can’t get much more casual than this!

I’m still learning tools in how to get kids to open up to me. Before photography, I had about a 2/3 success rate with hitting it off with children. But now, I’ve got to have a 100% rate. So I talk to the kids, show them the photos in camera, play with them and with their families… I’m learning but these seem to be consistently good. I’ve also had them take a photo or two of me with my camera before we really get going… that’s a bit scary if you don’t know the kid, or their “caring for stuff” level, though. 🙂

See more at http://www.kelleybard.com. If you are interested in seeing my style with children’s photography, or want to see my portfolio, look on my website for the child portrait gallery. You can also search here for “Studio Images” or “Outside or Clients Homes Portraits”, those are some of the categories I have so you can find examples of images here!

Child Portrait- Chair Peek-A-Boo

Just a totally cute image from a recent photo shoot! This guy is 1.5 years old and a total sweetie. He got very interested in checking out this chair (a prop in my studio) and he climbed up and down it for about half of our photo shoot. When he realized that he could play peek a boo through the rungs, though, that was when I think we got the best images. Totally, super cute.

I’m focusing on lifestyle photography (children, maternity, families, and events (birthdays, weddings, etc). I also have a strong love for landscapes, hence the name for my photography style “Lifescapes”. Enjoy more of my work at www.kelleybard.com, or any of the links to the right from this page. Thanks for viewing my work!

W Family Portrait

This family came to my studio wanting outside, candid-style images. Time will tell if I was able to fulfill their needs, but this one photo really stood out to me as a great portrait for them, everyone caught in a relaxed, happy state. The site is outside of my studio- I have several potential outside spots for images such as this.

Seen also in www.kelleybard.com, and on facebook, flickr, and other such spots on the web (see the links to the right).


Cute Candid- At The Playground

Just a quickie, I caught this girl in a quick “preschooler grin” (you know, where they look like they are in pain?) on a play structure at our local playground. I loved the lines leading to her head, composition-wise this is tops! It’s not perfect in other ways, but I edited a lot in Photoshop to sharpen it as much as possible and to bring out the best. Just a quick one, but worthy of the fun moment captured and the unusual image of the girl!

See more child photos (and LOTS more) at http://www.kelleybard.com. Enjoy all the links to the right which give you different views of me and my photography… have fun exploring!

Child on Horse Blanket, and How to Catch Those Great Newborn Images

I’m starting to fill appointments for the next month of photographs, once April 15th rolls around and the studio officially opens, the Kelley Bard Photography Studio should be shooting priceless images on a regular basis!

This photo is not of a newborn. This baby was about 2-3 months old, I believe. Alert, interested, with great expressions. Plus with clearer skin (a great benefit of the slightly older child). I redid this photo with some of the newer techniques that I use now, and I really like this version. Thanks to this boy and his family for allowing me the image! Below, I outline some of the things to think about when planning a true “newborn” photo experience.

How to Catch Great Newborn Images

A scary reminder for those who are interested in taking newborn images of your child: Time is not your friend! You will notice time and time again how quickly your child grows, but in terms of catching some of those precious newborn moments on film, you are facing a limited time before those moments are gone forever. This isn’t to scare you… you will have years of amazing, cute, tender moments caught (I almost said “on film”, lol) ahead of you. But if you are serious about taking those newborn moments, here are the most pertinent details:

1) “Newborn” images- curled up, asleep, even hanging in cheesecloth or a baby hammock or a “stork pouch”, etc are best taken between birth and 10 or so days old. After you hit 2 weeks or so, the baby will be spending a lot more time awake and will be less inclined to curl up like they were so comfortable doing inside their mother’s belly.

2) A happy, sleeping newborn is a full newborn. Therefore, a newborn photo shoot requires patience, time, and a mother’s nipple / bottle. I suggest that you hold off on feeding your child until you arrive- I have a nice place that you may feed the baby once you arrive at the studio. I will have the best chance to get amazing images with this technique. The baby may need to be fed more than once, and that is fine. Patience, again. A newborn shoot can take up to 2.5 hours long, with sleeping moments, awake moments, unhappy babies, hungry babies… and a few gorgeous, once in a lifetime images preserved.

3) Bring both parents, or siblings, if you wish. Father/child, mother/child, and parent/child images are precious! Siblings may need to wait until the baby is a bit older and can interact for the best images and for safety. But we can discuss that ahead of time if you wish. Other family will be welcomed but the baby may not tolerate the amount of photos being taken… he/she really runs the show, you see. Still, I customize to what you want, as much as possible! I want to create the photos that you want.

4)  Mom may not be feeling up to traveling or to being immortalized in photos right now. I totally understand, believe me. I prefer to do photo shoots in my studio, and think that I can provide great newborn images there, with my backgrounds, lighting, props, and newborn setups. I can also do in-home, though, and as long as there is ample window light or a way to safely use flash for the newborn photo shoot (bouncing the light off the walls, etc) I can create a beautiful image anywhere. Contact me if you would be interested in this option. In my studio I provide the parents with a relaxing space to watch the photo shoot, or even to rest, snack, or enjoy a baby-less moment. Paradoxically, for all the importance of having mom there to feed the baby, a newborn is very sensitive to their mother being there and will often wake if they smell or hear her. So she is actually encouraged to rest and relax away from the baby, while dad takes the lions share of the photo work. If you don’t plan to be in the photos, then show up in your comfiest clothes, no makeup… whatever gets you here easiest. Take a nap while you wait, even!

5) It is best to contact me before the birth, although I will try to fit you and your child into the schedule ASAP for those all-important newborn images. If I know that you are likely to have a baby soon, I can leave likely spots open in the schedule. Less stress all around. BUT, if you hear about me after your child is born, and want to get those images taken before the chance is gone forever, DON’T HESITATE to call. I want to take photos of your baby as much as you want to have those photos taken!

**Most important**

I want to be your photographer, the person you trust to create these precious images. I will help you along the way so that in the end you and I are both ecstatic with the results. One of the big reasons that I am going down this route in photography is because I think that lifestyle photographs- family images, maternity, newborn, children interacting and growing… these are the best moments that you will ever catch of your children, your family, your life. I am honored that you allow me to be a part of these private celebrations. Thanks for bringing me in, and letting me do what I do best to provide you with wonderful images. I am blessed, and grateful.

See more of my work at www.kelleybard.com, or off any of the links to the right- facebook, flickr, twitter, and buzztown. I have a child portfolio that you can enjoy there, as well as a variety of other types of photography. Get a feeling of my style and how much I enjoy great images, and I hope you will let me be your photographer of choice!

Top O The Slide & Fun Prop Searching Today!

I just wanted to capture a moment of being a kid… here you go. I’m not sure if I like the crop though, let me hear your thoughts.

A child poised at the top of a curly slide. Way brightly saturated (in camera, not changed in Photoshop) but it totally fits the theme.

Enjoy more of my work here, or on my website (www.kelleybard.com), or on facebook, flickr, buzztown or twitter (links to the right, or search for Kelley Bard Photography or Kelley Bard at any of those locations!).

Have a glorious, sunny, fun day. Don’t wait at the top of the slide for too long, the ride is just as fun as the anticipation.


PROPS: I’ll post some images in the near future… I had a fun fun time today antiquing for unique photo props. Got some great stuff for kids. Anybody got a sofa in good condition they want to part with? I’m looking for a deal for my studio!