43/365 {Fine Art Photography, Effingham, Illinois}


Day 43 of my 365 Project.  Wasn't sure if I wanted to do this or not.  I don't really like the idea of being 'forced' to take a photo everyday, but I'm still enjoying it! As you can tell, my subject of my 365 Project is my son, Tharin.  Most of the time he cooperates.  I don't normally ask him to do anything, but instead, capture what he's doing at the time.  There have been so many times he's been doing something really cute of funny, only to finish a second before I get my camera.  Pretty sure he does it on purpose and is silently laughing to himself.

The best way to get a bad picture of your kid (or kids) is to pose them or ask them to do something. They will never do what you want, trust me.  With smaller children, just following them around a bit and snap away while they're doing something they enjoy.  That's when you'll get the really natural, beautiful ones.  From time to time, I do ask Tharin to 'pose', but it's more like maneuvering him into a different place or position.  Just talk to them to get them to look at the camera.  I usually use, "OH MY GOD!!  Did you just see that leprechaun??" Dirty, I know, but it works. And yes, I do on occasion plead, "Please, please, please look at the camera." Nine times out of ten, it doesn't work.

With older children, it's a little different.  I still do the same and take photos when they're doing something they enjoy but older kids can feel a little more self conscious. Sometimes they need and want some direction.  Tell them they're doing wonderful and look great!  Who doesn't like to hear that? Other times, I tell them to just ignore me, or at least try or pretend to ignore me. You'd be surprised how well it works.


Tytia Habing

I am a self taught, natural light photographer, with sixteen years of shooting experience under my belt. Back in the day, I learned to shoot with film, developed it and printed my own photos in my darkroom. I've since moved to digital, but film holds a very dear spot in my heart that I just can't seem to shake. I was supposed to be a horticulturalist and landscape architect...at least that's what my degree's tell me. I followed that path for some time, along with a few other paths, but photography won my heart. Plants and beautiful mother nature is, and will always be, a great inspiration to me. If at all possible, I prefer to shoot outdoors and somehow incorporate nature into the scene. I'm originally from the Watson, Illinois area, but the majority of my adult life I spent living in the Cayman Islands and only moved home to Illinois with my husband and son a few short years ago. I grew up on a small working farm, with acres and acres of natural areas at my disposal. It gave me a great appreciation for the world around me. I roamed wherever I pleased, built forts in the woods, picked wildflowers in the pasture and caught craw-daddies in the crick. My son is taking over the jobs of fort building and craw-daddy hunting, but I'll never give up the picking of wildflowers.