David Whitney French Photography | Of Wagons and Children

Of Wagons and Children

January 13, 2014  •  1 Comment


This past weekend, I did a couple of outdoor portrait sessions at the University of Arizona campus. I always like shooting there, as there are plenty of trees and grass that make for better portraits than just standing outside under the blazing sun next to a saguaro. A few of the kids were in the two year age range and I thought it might be a good idea to have a prop or two around to keep everyone entertained while I clicked away. My old Playskool wooden wagon had been sitting in a closet for quite some time.  My youngest son had clearly outgrown it, so I brought it with me to use, not knowing for sure if it would go over well in the age of electronics.


As it turned out, the wooden wagon was a big hit! The kids were completely engaged.  The wagon allowed me to get some of the shots you see here.


Some children have different ideas about how to use a wagon, and eventually, the boys wanted to pull the wagon around the grass. My static flash setup went quickly out the window, but I grabbed another flash and popped it on top of my camera, replacing the slave trigger to capture the rest of the action.


The wagon and blocks are perfect. They keep the kid's entertained and let them be creative, opening a new world of fun during photo sessions.
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I have been taking pictures since I was about 6 years old.  I started with a Kodak Instamatic.  Just holding that Kodak was fun back then. Today, the camera badge may say "Nikon", but the fun of taking someone's photograph is still there. 


Times have changed regarding photography over the past 20 years.  My first business was in in Corpus Chirsti, Texas back in 1992.  I went under the same name, my name, David Whitney French Photography.  One of my favorite photo gigs was doing weddings.  Why?  Well, besides being a challenge at times, with the stress of getting the right shot in the age of film, everyone was happy!  It was a happy time for the groom, bride, attendants, everyone.  What more could I ask for?  Hanging out, with a camera for a few hours or more with a bunch of happy people.


Oh, and I like riding my bike!