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One trick to take better pictures of your little ones
Thursday, May 15, 2014 3:58 PM EDT
Thursday, July 10, 2014 3:59 PM EDT
By: Chris Chmura, FOX 13 Consumer Reporter -
DUNEDIN (FOX 13) -
Photographer Megan Garren has the artist’s eye.
"I love taking pictures of people," she said. "In the moment. Candid."
This budding photographer’s
is a gallery of unforgettable images. But the memories don’t come easy—especially when Megan’s shooting one of her favorite subjects: babies.
Kids move abruptly. And that’s a recipe for forgettable photos.
"Blurry ones," she says begrudgingly.
Enter Samantha McProvo. She’s chasing three elusive puppies around her yard. And she is on a mission.
"They're all rescue dogs," she says. “I've got to get their attention."
McProvo snaps adoption photos for Florida All Retriever Rescue. Prospective puppy parents peruse the pictures on the volunteer group’s
, so the stakes are high in this photo shoot.
"They fall in love with the photos of the dogs,” she explains. “And they say, ‘Oh my gosh, I have to have that particular dog.’"
Sam draws inspiration from an initiative called
One Picture Saves a Life
, which morphs pound puppy mugshots into canine glamour shots.
McProvo enlists a secret weapon to make sure every shot is irresistible. She captivates the hyperactive puppies by wrapping the lens with a specially-designed stuffed animal.
"Very simple," she says.
The invention is the type that will have you saying, "Why didn’t I think of that?”
For roughly $20, products such as the Shutter Hugger or Camera Creatures seize a dog’s attention just long enough to snap an irresistible image.
"It looks like they're smiling," McProvo says.
At this point Megan, the budding photographer of humans, gives the Camera Creature a try. She is immediately impressed.
She wraps the lens. She points the camera toward baby Callum. And he is transfixed.
"Got a little smile out of that," she says.
Garren figures she might need to make room in her equipment bag.
"I think that this is colorful and amazing," she says with a smile itself worthy of a photograph.
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