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ex­per­i­ment with poses, props and cam­era an­gles for dy­namic pool por­traits

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01 PROPS and toys

Whether shoot­ing un­der­wa­ter or any other kind of child por­trait, props, toys, or items that are spe­cial to the child will help to make the shoot more per­sonal and add ex­tra in­ter­est to the por­trait. We brought along a few un­der­wa­ter an­i­mal toys like the oc­to­pus in this shot.

02 try a Jump

Ask­ing the kids to jump in from the side can re­sult in a burst of bub­bles and ac­tiv­ity. It can be tricky to fo­cus on the ex­act spot where they’ll en­ter the wa­ter, so try pre-fo­cus­ing on a spot that’s roughly the same dis­tance away, then duck un­der the wa­ter and wait for the jump.

03 look for re­flec­tions

At the right an­gle, the un­der­side of the sur­face of the wa­ter can cre­ate in­ter­est­ing and ab­stract re­flec­tions of the sub­ject in your pho­tog­ra­phy. It’s best to get down low to cap­ture the re­flec­tions, and use a wide fo­cal length to in­clude more of the sur­round­ing pool to ex­pand the frame.

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