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Why Photographing Children is an Art

With children so saturatingly captured with digital imaging, like most handheld imaging there is little comprehension as to how to attain great results. When photography was king catching the natural in kids in photos was a deifinitive art. Here I present some examples that made me the go to photographer who delivered natural.


Ever since starting my professional career at the ripe young age of 16 shooting animals and children at the outset I sort of knew I had an eye and insight for capturing the natural in children. Later  I realised it was all about meeting on an equal level, honouring the young soul as one would an adult. Then interacting with the wonder and awe, the playful and respectful listening constituting integral parts that are within us all.

Mudgirl

Part of a shoot for a Japanese client promoting their new childrens fashion range, we attacked a very dry Umbrian field that needed lashings of water to muddy it. 
The local fire brigade was only too happy to spray the whole field and soak it into mud. My young starlet could not help but stomp her abandon in the mud and give us exactly wjat we were looking for!

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Mudgirl in Umbria

Mudgirl

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Mudgirl

£  150.oo
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Mudgirl

£ 285.oo
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Mudgirl

£ 385.oo
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RainBoy

Another in the Japanese shoot in Umbria. The lake at its centre was one of the deepest lakes in the region. Most likely why the Germans on retreat in WW2 threw many pieces of armoury into it! For us its shallows were iseal for our young star to fill his hat with water, throw it in the air and let the whole lot fall back on him. I mean you really can't ask a kid to get more fun that that. The japanese to their credit really wanted the clothes to l;ook lived in - and they were!

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Rain Boy The Joy of Soaking in Umbria

RainBoy

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RainBoy

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RainBoy

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RainBoy

£ 385.oo
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Ray of Sunshine

Another shoot for the Japanese in Italy. Fashion with yet another stunning little person performing like the pro she was.

Such a privilege to work with such young spirits. Seamless with never a sqeak!

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Ray of Sunshine

Ray of Sunshine

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Ray of Sunshine

£  150.oo
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Ray of Sunshine

£ 285.oo
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Ray of Sunshine

£ 385.oo
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Scamps

An early representation of why Trapman was so called upon to shoot kids. Around the time of the Hovis commercials, it needed to exude all sorts of emotional draw down. This was definitely done in the vein of period piece, haunting past times that made the Hovis commercials such iconic ads.

If I told you it was a teaser for a tobacco company you will realise how times have changed without the hark back references. But all in all a shoot I was proud of photographically

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Scamps

Scamps

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Scamps

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Scamps

£ 285.oo
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Scamps

£ 385.oo
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Mother Child Reunion

This was in the days of Anscochrome, A film made by GAF that was so popular by such users as Sarah Moon, one of my heroes. I loved it as it gave such a Pointillistic feel to each image. You could abuse it in development, crush the D-Max and still get a beautiful shot

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Mother Child Reunion

Mother Child Reunion

£ 75.oo
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Mother Child Reunion

£  150.oo
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Mother Child Reunion

£ 285.oo
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Mother Child Reunion

£ 385.oo
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Bride and Maid

Shot from the fifth storey balcony of my apartment in the heartland of Hackney, East London where I spent the last ten years of my career operating from. Preparing the garden, confetti flying and a master stylist to bring the elements together we caught the magic light that is so often found in great cities

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Bride and Maid

Bride and Maid

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Bride and Maid

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Bride and Maid

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Bride and Maid

£ 385.oo
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Le Jardin des Roses

One of my most favourite and earliest models used to create that Impressionist 'feel'.  The 70s at their most expansively hopeful.
in the budding youth of my career I was passionate about the Impressionist movement, its shock and awe thrown into the pile of artistic normalcy shattering forever what people considered representative art.
For me this expresses everything youth, aspiration and dreamy eyed romanticism represents.

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Le Jardin des Roses

Le Jardin des Roses

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Le Jardin des Roses

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Le Jardin des Roses

£ 285.oo
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Le Jardin des Roses

£ 385.oo
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Mummy's Boy

With a superb back projection system (pre green screen days) for an image I had from visiting the Temple of Hathor and one of my most patient models prepared to be wrapped in insulating hessian for hours holding one tremendously professional toddler the trick was accomplished. These sorts of shoots were such fun and made life even more of a hoot to enjoy while satiating creative endeavours!

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Mummy's Boy

Mummy's Boy

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Mummy's Boy

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Mummy's Boy

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Mummy's Boy

£ 385.oo
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Stories
Grandad Told

Down the East End of London street life used to be neighbourly. Old men chatting with the kids on the street was consdiered one of those life learning moments for those that saw them.  The wisdom of the elders is a disappearing appreciation in a world of high tec distraction.
Here Grandad bonds with his grandson before the lad launches into an escapade into the backstreets of Hackney knowing well Grandad has his back. Sylvan days of yore!

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Stories Grandad Told

Stories Grandad Told

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Stories Grandad Told

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Stories Grandad Told

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Europa

Europe so needs unity and working and living creatively together. Where will it all arrive at?

All we can individually do is walk our talk, live our best and know we are all one huge human family.

She got it, will we?

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Europa Together We Are Strong

Europa

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Europa

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Europa

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DisUnited Nations

The tear in the eye was placed there. We did not beat her till she tered up!! This was another in the series of world unite. 

Even at her tender age of 5 she fully understood and chatted about why people could not live in peace together. I have never workled with a more rewarding and intelligent young being in my life. That I suppose why she rates top of my young subjects over my long career.

Sad that today we are still in logjam for peace. Still hope is the last to die!

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Disunited Nations

DisUnited Nations

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DisUnited Nations

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DisUnited Nations

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DisUnited Nations

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Little Angel

I have always refused to 'do' weddings! Yet sometimes when a member of the family gets hitched it is hard to say no. Always on the proviso that I am not the main man I slip into my photojournalism pants and go candid.

This little angel was one reason I love candid. The original a deconstructed lith print served the perfect result

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Little Angel

Little Angel

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Little Angel

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A United World Dream

My most favourite model raising the flag for world unity back in the day, early 90s.

I really hope for hers and all the childrens' sake we manage to get back to sanity and a solution to the constant divisions.

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A United World Dream

A United World Dream

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Admiral Kim and Friends

On  assignment in the mid eighties to Korea I was lucky enough to be invited to photograph the young Kim Il Jung and playmates. Today as President of North Korea he plays a more modest role!

OK, full explainer: These were South Korean kids having great fun in Soeul and were more than happy to allow me in to play with my camera.

You gotta admit he does look like Kim

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Admiral Kim and friends

Admiral Kim and Friends

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Admiral Kim and Friends

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Admiral Kim and Friends

£ 385.oo
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Pre Raphaelite Dreams

In casting I immediately saw this pre-Raphaelite image take shape. She was perfect for it. We had great fun creating the set and she was fascinated by how water could be brought into the studio. Creating magic can be such fun especially when you have a vibrant child’s imagination assist you. My darkroom genius Gene Nocon created some great lith prints complementing the photographic look of a Julia Margaret Cameron I was after. On these occasions as with so many, the art and creative input of stylists, backdrop painters and props are essential extensions for a great result.

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Pre Raphelite Dreams

Pre Raphaelite Dreams

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Pre Raphaelite Dreams

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Pre Raphaelite Dreams

£ 385.oo
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Beauty in Blue

The occasion was a campaign for a major Pharma corporate announcing some new way to spin the cancer therapy answer. Finding a model who was actually in the process was not the imperative.
This Beauty in Blue had lived with alopecia since an early age, so was ideal. During the session we talked and she felt comfortable enough to open up about her condition. Getting round the usual school yard teasing she wore wigs. Her baldness to me was utter beauty. Intuitively I felt her early experiences had brought on the condition and I shared my instincts. She immediately brightened as she listened to what she had always known, spoken by a stranger. She confided that what I shared was so helpful she felt she could now live life without wigs and celebrate her inner and outer beauty.
The campaign went on to win awards. Everyone was delighted. Nearly a year later we connected again and she told me very shortly after our meeting her hair started to grow back as her life began to change.
In life we may never know how a few words, a chance encounter and inspired, inspirational insight can utterly create transformation in another.
This time I was privy to results - a rare blessing in itself. We are so utterly interdependent of each other if we could just recognise it. There are gifts that grow from living that reality.

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Beauty in Blue

Beauty in Blue

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Beauty in Blue

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Beauty in Blue

£ 385.oo
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