vintage toys

The Slinky and Serpiente

El Corazon fine art photography by Kim Campbell.

Theodora accompanied her sister Shelby to an El Corazón photo shoot with a wait and see attitude. One of the things I've learned over the years as a children's photographer is that when I child needs space to watch and assess it's best to just move forward with another subject until they are ready. I have a similar personality so I'm very supportive of kids who express uncertainty about the process.

After getting a feel for the props, the space and the photographer Theodora decided to play.  The cog that always gets children's photography sessions rolling is simply having fun. I knew she had opened the window a crack so I slowed my shutter speed while watching her play with a slinky. Isn't it bizarre and wonderful how her face so clearly looks straight ahead?

I always have a handful of vintage toys in my costume boxes for children to discover. It's pretty fun to introduce them to the simple toys I played with as a child. After discovering a rubber snake in one of the prop boxes she agreed to peel on a vintage bathing cap and let me perch it on her head.

El Corazon fine art photography by Kim Campbell.

Wiley's Wonderment

El Corazon fine art photography by Kim Campbell.

7 year old Wiley was cool as a cucumber in front of the camera. From his home I borrowed a series of wooden masks to experiment with. I found this 'Outer Space' book and wanted to riff on a retro concept of a boy from another planet. The little prince so to speak...a distance traveler in a strange land.

Wiley also arrived with his dad's stereoscope. Since we didn't have any images to use with it Wiley was quick to improvise with a favorite lego guy tucked into the recesses of his cargo pocket. Many of my favorite images come from the most minimal suggestions to Wiley. It was as if he just looked at the masks and knew what would be the most evocative gesture. If you look closely at the image 'Caught' you'll see a surprise visitor tucked into the corner of the masks mouth.

El Corazon fine art photography by Kim Campbell.