I’ve been trying to try new things of late, so when St John Bosco School contacted me, wanting some images for a school cookbook, I was keen. And nervous as all get out… not about the food (being more than a little familiar with that!), but the children were another matter entirely – and you know what they say about working with children and animals.
I’ve never taken photos of large groups of children before and the first couple were a bit tricky – as a non-parent I didn’t quite have a handle on just how much they wriggle and move about! A couple of kids wriggling I can work with, but a whole class? Eek…
Until I worked out that I could BRIBE them… Before you judge me, I didn’t tell them I was bribing them, so surely that’s allowed? My system went something like this: “Who’s got a silly face they want to pull? You all do? Well okay, but so we don’t get in too much trouble with Ms/Mrs/Mr Teacher, I’ll take a silly photo at the end, but first I need you to sit really, really still and show me your nicest smile…” Pretty sure it’s not the greatest breakthrough in photography, but it’s not a tip I’ve read before and panic meant I worked it out for myself! Once I had that in the bag, the class and school photos were a cinch.
As for the food… om nom nom:
To the lovely Sarah and Victoria who showed me around and made sure everyone was ready and smiling, thanks for getting in touch. I had a blast and I look forward to seeing the finished product soon!