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LaNola Stone
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September 21, 2011 0240818180 978-0240818184 1

Children are one of the most intriguing yet difficult subjects to photograph. Whether you are a proud parent who wants to capture the fleeting moments of childhood or a professional photographer working with paying clients, Photographing Childhood: The Image and the Memory will give you the know-how and the inspiration that you are looking for to create the perfect image.  Rich with emotion and creativity, this guide delivers tips from a master photographer who has contributed to Child Magazine, Pottery Barn, Martha Stewart Omnimedia, and many others.   Learn how to take photos that are technically and compositionally sound; pictures that are so gorgeous they'll fill up your walls, refrigerator, and your family's (or clients') email in-boxes for years to come.

 This book goes way beyond photography basics. There are countless important events and stages to document in a child's life; learn the secrets to making sure you don't miss a single photo opportunity. Be inspired by amazing shots from several historical and contemporary photographers. Working with children can be particularly tricky, and this book shows you what pitfalls to avoid to prevent tantrums (your own or your subjects!). Before you know it you'll have a collection of great shots that you'll want to share for personal or professional purposes.  You will not find a more engaging, expressive, or nostalgic guide to taking photos of what you love most: children.

Featured Historical Photographers:

Southworth and Hawes
Julia Margaret Cameron
Gertrude Käsebier
Lewis Hine
Edward Steichen
Jacques Henri Lartigue 
Heneri Cartier-Bresson

Featured Contemporary Photographers:

Sebastião Salgado, Brazil
Emmet Gowin, USA 
Joyce Tenneson, USA 
Melissa Anne Pinney, USA
Robin Schwartz, USA
Takashi Homma, Japan 
Rania Matar, Lebanon
Achim Lippoth, Germany 
Anders Hald, Denmark
Cuny Janssen, The Netherlands


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Photographing Childhood
Children quickly forget about the presence of the camera and photographer as they focus on other projects and activities.
Photographing Childhood
Even when making a formal portrait, look for serendipitous moments that exude the magic of childhood (even if just tugging on one’s toe).
Photographing Childhood
Look for natural fill light. Here the white blanket redirects the window light and provides a natural-looking fill to the little girl’s face.
Photographing Childhood
Here I captured both the natural light in the space and still froze the motion of the father and son.
Photographing Childhood
Pay attention to the interaction between two or more subjects in your frame. The interplay of children is something not to be missed!
Photographing Childhood
When a child wants to perform for the camera, asking questions provides distraction.


Amazon Exclusive: A Letter from LaNola Stone, Author of Photographing Childhood

Dear Readers,

If I had only one thing I could emphasize about photographing childhood, it would be that the most direct way to get a great photograph is to ALWAYS consider the individual in front of the lens and who that particular child is. This understanding is the seed of truly authentic photography. You simply need to water that seed with light, composition, and exposure.

As one of my photographic heroes put it:
“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.”
– Edward Steichen

Children love positive attention. To them being photographed is especially validating, but only if they feel a level of acceptance and admiration for who they uniquely are at that time in their young lives, whether toddler or teen. It is good to remember that exposure to childhood is both a blessing and a responsibility. Because we are interacting with children at a time when their little minds are forming opinions and attitudes about the world and themselves, we must remember that our experiences together will be a part of their life's foundation. The memories created therein will be further reinforced by the document of that experience, the photograph! Don't mistake it otherwise, this time together will be remembered. This is a great opportunity to develop their inner selves, as well as our own.

I wrote this book to inspire the "artist-photographer" inside each of us. By understanding our own objectives for photographing childhood, and with a bit of technical know-how, we can create images of childhood that are genuine and true to ourselves. If your child subject is predetermined, try to capture their best self by locating that aspect through collaboration with them. If you have a choice, cast a child that naturally embodies your photographic goals. Either way, let childhood be your muse! Photographing with a stringent adherence to your goals and without consideration of the child will always yield disappointing results. When working with children, you set the stage and fully prepare with your goals in mind, but then allow the serendipity of your time together to dictate the photograph.

Best of luck, spread the love, and continue to populate the world with beautiful, substantive images!

Warmest regards always,

LaNola


How to Capture and Preserve Original and Authentic Photographs, by LaNola Stone

TECHNICALLY:

10. Develop a standard nomenclature for every import of digital image files (an organized and predictable file structure in which to store your images). (Chapter 7)

9. Properly archive and store your work using a cataloging program (like Adobe Lightroom). A program like Lightroom makes keywording and metadata entries easy. Metadata is today's way of writing on the back of a photograph, but even better! We should all take advantage of this powerful tool. (Chapter 7)

8. Make a backup of your digital files--this includes making prints and sharing your favorite photographs! (Chapter 7)

7. Understand how your camera "sees" and records light (exposure), and the creative controls within the aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings. (Chapter 3)

CREATIVELY:

6. Don't hesitate; move around and photograph what moves you, when it moves you. Authenticity is very difficult to recreate. (Chapter 1)

5. Learn to "see" and feel the emotion invoked by different directions and qualities of light. (Chapter 3)

4. Identify the "mood" of an image and reinforce it with the composition of the shot. (Chapter 3 & 6)

3. Inform your work by looking at images you admire (both historical and contemporary), whether made with the photographic process or other artistic media. (Chapters 2 & 6)

2. Be a pleasant person to work with. Photographing living subjects requires collaboration, ALWAYS! (Chapter 4 & 6)

1. Identify and understand your objective. This provides a platform for quick decision-making and a structure that allows your intent and style to live in your photographs. (Chapter 1)

Review

"As a professional photographer, I know that one of the most intriguing subjects are children. However, capturing those truly once-in-a-lifetime moments as a timeless treasure. well, that's a specialty in our field. Photographing Childhood: The Image and The Memory is a well written and thorough guide for the photographer to learn how to collaborate with their child subjects and create photographs as well as experiences that will be remembered when working with youth. Included in this book is a wonderful time line of childhood from birth to adulthood in which LaNola shares her secrets of what the photographer can expect through each stage of growth and how to capture those moments, creating a unique story to be cherished for generations. The book also includes wonderful examples of well-known photographers to inspire you and a chapter on storing, printing and sharing those precious memories. Not only is this book a must have for the professional photographer, but it would make a wonderful gift for new parents!"--San Francisco Book Review

"Katrina Eismann chose Stone's new book as one of 2011's Best Photography Books: 'Photographing Childhood: The Image and the Memory (Focal Press, 2011) by LaNola Kathleen Stone is thoughtful, inspiring, and unexpected. The book features an historical homage; an insightful timeline of childhood; useful information on lighting and image management; and most importantly highlights a wide variety of contemporary photographers and photographic approaches to frame and focus on the fleeting moments of childhood. Smart, beautiful and poignant!'"--ElizabethAvedon.blogspot.com

"Stone's own photographs, often accompanied by diagrams, illustrate lighting techniques, while captions give technical information and pragmatic suggestions (e.g., for more "idyllic" infant shots, swap out plastic diapers for cloth). A chapter on her personal project, Memories Abandoned, deals with notions of childhood and nostalgia, and an up-to-the-minute chapter on storing, printing and sharing work adds a finishing touch. All told, this generous book gives readers the tools, motivation, historical perspective and encouragement to make and preserve images that skillfully and artfully bind photographs and memory."--ASMP Bulletin, Winter 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (September 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240818180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240818184
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 9.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #945,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

LANOLA STONE was born in Santa Barbara, CA and grew up between Hope Ranch Beach and the Rocky Mountains of Utah. This contrast of surroundings, in both physical landscape and culture, gave root to her curiosity about people and the world around her. 

Because LaNola was the sixth of seven very individually unique children, she was able to observe, up close, a range of personalities and the various directions that life could take. Her perspective expanded further when, at fourteen, she became an aunt for the first time. Coincidently, fourteen was also the age LaNola began photographing and, although still a child herself, she was fascinated by new life and the adventures and stories young childhood contained. Photographing childhood tapped into a part of her own life that was otherwise fading as she transitioned into adulthood. Since then, she's been able to maintain a foothold of insight into childhood because of her ability to listen and collaborate when interacting with children (whether a model on various professional projects, or her many nieces and nephews). While she photographs a wide variety of people and subjects, including travel/lifestyle, interior architecture, and still life, childhood will always provide a magical draw for her lens. 

LaNola is a graduate of The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City, an institution renowned for its diversity in style and talent. While there she was awarded the Office of Alumni Affairs Scholarship and a Thesis & Innovation Award. Additionally, she was acknowledged in the PDNedu Photo Annual, and appeared in CMYK Magazine's "Top Creatives" issue and twice in their "Aspiring Creatives" issue.

LaNola has been living and working as a photographer in New York City since 1999. There she's shot for magazines, catalogues, and high-end consumer portraits. In 2007 she served as Creative Director during the development and launch of Organize Magazine. In 2009 work from her photography series "Memories Abandoned" was exhibited at Aqua Art as part of Art Miami. And since 2010 she's been an adjunct photography instructor for various colleges and teaches courses in the History of Photography, The View camera in the Digital Age, and a survey class--Business Practices the Professional Photographer.

LaNola is now an aunt to 25 nieces and nephews and is a godparent to five. As evidenced by her images, her love for, understanding of, and connection with children has only grown over time. Through her book "Photographing Childhood," her hope is to share a bit of what she has learned throughout the two decades--and counting--of her photography career.    
 
Please visit www.LANOLA.com to view more of her work and keep up with her latest musings about being an artist, photographer, author, and educator.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential tips for amateurs May 15, 2012
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I have to recommend this to all parents. Lately, it seems everyone is an amateur photographer. My case is no different- especially where my child is concerned. We are only planning on having one child and I don't just want to take quick shots of him here and there. I want his photos to be a creative and beautiful documentation of his growth without having to take a million shots to get the perfect one.

Needless to say, my photography is improving, because of this book. While it gives tips directed at professional photography, it's all explained simply enough and its so useful for anyone who wants to commit even a little time to capturing quality images of their child. Just flipping through the book will give you great ideas, even if you realistically can't capture their level of professionalism.

Just a few of my favorite points:

You will learn the history of photography and see famous photographer's pictures of children and pictures photographers took who started photographing when they were children- probably unnecessary but inspiring none the less.

Love love love the suggestions on how to approach a photography session and how to treat the child. This might be the best information that I came away with from this book. You cannot, and should not, take a picture of a child who does not want to be photographed, and you can affect how the child feels about being photographed by the way you approach the session and treat the child.

There is a great "Timeline of Childhood" complete with photography suggestions for the child's abilities, needs, and developmental level.

A glossary in the back explaining technical terms.

An explanation of pixels and tips for photographing even if your'e just using an iPhone and Apps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb text May 9, 2012
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Most photography books these days are either coffee table books featuring little more than a collection of photographs or basic texts that spend too much time detailing the interaction among ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. Here, though, we have an excellent resource that combines the art with the science, and that serves as a tutorial for the photographer wanting to accomplish more than simply well-formed images. That this happens to be in the context of photographing childhood would be almost by-the-way were it not for the author's incorporation of not only historic photographers of note in the field, but of newer work from contemporary artists as well.

It's clear that the author enjoys the use of TS lenses, as we see on the front cover of the book and on several illustrative photos throughout the text, but this interest does not otherwise color the material presented. A goodly amount of material is presented toward the end of the text with regard to digital workflow, again something that will be particularly appreciated by those who are moving from simply collecting their photos in various folders scattered upon their hard drive to a Lightroom/Aperture approach combined with Photoshop. But most of the book, happily, focuses upon the art, the method, and the insights discovered by the author-artist, all making for an enjoyable and informative number of hours.

Focal Press has done an expert job with the printing, and it's always nice to have an extra gray card handy - this is incorporated into the cover.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Insightful but esoteric October 14, 2012
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Photographing Childhood

I've read several basic photo books but I was interested to see what approach or insight "Photographing Childhood" might have.

The book has an unconventional layout. The first section is really somewhat of history lesson that briefly covers the bio's of historical photographers who the author thinks made innovative approaches to child/family photography. Some are big names, some a bit obscure.

The second section is a bit more of a "how to" technical report on camera basics, F-stops, DOF and other mechanics. If you were a total beginner you might get some idea about them, though you would certainly not master them from these level of coverage. For the experienced photographer this section can be skipped.

The real "insight" of the book was the way the author broke photographing childhood into three different styles. Journalistic, idealistic and fanciful. Journalistic is pretty much coverage, Fanciful is artistic staging for maximum impact. The author covered each in reasonable detail. You rapidly get the impression the author likes the fanciful best.

The book concludes with another bio survey of current photographers the author feels are influential in the field.

There are of course lots of pictures, the author seems to really have a thing for tilt shift lenses and pictures with arbitrary depth of field lines in them. I suppose the artistic crowd might go for that but the tilt-shift lenses (and the skill the to use them right) are not something the average shutter monkey has laying around.

All and all it was a good read and had some interesting insight. I felt the layout with all the bio's seemed a little out of place for the title but it was good background info. This book is best for photographers who already have a command of the technical basics of photography and are looking for ideas on the subject to be more creative.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More history and inspiration than actual instruction
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This provides a lot of information along with historical facts about photographing children. It will prove you with a lot of ideas.
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