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Young Man © jj raia

Young Man © jj raia

A recent last minute trip to New Jersey to visit family and celebrate a 1st birthday, turned out to be enjoyable on two fronts. Obviously visiting the family, and second, I had a chance to stretch my photography. Photographing children has only been a sporadic subject, and have only done so a number of years back with two neighborhood children who, at the time, were around 5-6 years old. So they could take some direction and things worked out fine. But photographing a one-year old is an entirely different endeavor. There was no stopping him as he continually darted from place to place, crawling across the floor, trying to stand up, and just never pausing for a moment. So hand-holding the new 70-300mm VR lens was going to be put to the test. It was a serious challenge for me as I crawled around the floor with him, and I suppose you have to come away with at least one solid shot if you take enough frames; and I took plenty of frames! Unlike film, digital frames are free. But as I’ve always noticed in fashion photography, they tend to use beautiful women and handsome men as subjects. And even though I may hold a bit of bias since this little cherub is a member of the family, the overall consensus seems to be he is cute. No argument here.