Photos freeze special moments in time, and make them eternal. Children grow up so quickly that every opportunity to photograph them becomes precious. My baby niece kindled my desire to capture every single moment of her smile and innocence, and from then on I was hooked.
There is a certain wonder and magic in the way children see the world. When we see the world through the eyes of children, we feel the unbridled joy and twinkle of mischief that excites them. Photographing children becomes play time for me as well, because I find that the best photos come from getting down and taking pictures from low angles. Most of the time, I found myself lying down next to them and rolling around to get close-up shots. It also makes the camera seem less intimidating to them when taking pictures.
Candid shots work best when it comes to taking pictures of toddlers. They are at the age of boundless energy and exploration driven by their curiosity. It is in those shots that I want to capture the most natural expression of their joy and excitement, for it warms my heart and brings a smile to my face when I look back at these photos.
There is more to capturing children’s happiness and innocence in these photographs; it reminds me that happiness can exist without a reason, it slows me down in the hectic pace of adult life, and it tells me that we need to be more like children, finding joy and mischief in everything that we do.
All photos credit: Mohammad Shahlan on a Nikon D700 with the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G