There are a lot of family-friendly community events that we cover throughout the year. In these situations, it’s easy to make pictures. Lots of interaction, activities, and happy kids makes shooting photos like shooting fish in a barrel.
However, the classic “cute kid” photo is so easy to get that it’s become a cliche method of covering these situations. So when I found myself at the Cardboard Regatta – an event where people make cardboard and duct tape boats and then race them around the pool – I knew I needed to find a way to push the photo even more.
This means getting there before the event starts and showing the prep work that goes into it, and staying until the very end.
Instead of a cute but fairly boring photo of someone rowing their boat around the pool, I was able to come away with an interesting composition and a nice moment after this girl was awarded first prize.