Photographing Kids with the Look Lock

Posted by: on Jul 3, 2013 | 6 Comments

This article was written by Professional Photographer and Educator Erin Manning.

Photo by ©Erin Manning

Kids are a lot of fun to photograph because they have seemingly limitless expressions, emotions and energy. It’s not always that easy to capture their attention, though. That’s where the Tether Tools Look Lock comes in handy.


I love to shoot pictures of kids at the beach. It’s so much fun to run around and take photos near the water and in the sand. The only problem I encounter is the added distraction of the great outdoors. It can be a challenging, but rewarding, endeavor to follow a child’s every move and capture authentic expressions. Sometimes a few real moments directed into the camera are what’s needed. If you’ve photographed young children outdoors, you already know it can be a difficult task. Using the Look Lock with your smartphone and playing an entertaining mobile app or video helps gain a child’s attention regardless of the environment. It’s a very handy tool.

If you find yourself shooting outdoors from a distance, it may be difficult for your subjects to see the screen on your smartphone. That’s a good time to move in and capture close-up shots or perhaps to stop showing content and start capturing video instead.

Wherever you are with the Look Lock, you can count on an instant entertainment center located very near your camera lens that’s sure to capture the attention of your most active subjects.

erin-manning-quick-tipTIP: When capturing photographs, the Look Lock enables your smartphone to double as an entertainment screen or as a camera to capture video.


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6 thoughts on “Photographing Kids with the Look Lock”

  1. Erin has an amazing way with children. She’s honest and playful with them .
    That sincere approach works every time.
    She always get the amazing shots and more!

  2. This is exactly what I need !! I put up “The Wheels on the Bus” and BAM – I have 10 more seconds of eye contact. Enough to get the shot. I am going to edit together a list of her favorites and see if I can get a continuous smile !!!

  3. Look Lock is such a great idea! Much better than holding up a stuffed animal and shaking it for attention! Erin’s pictures of children are truly “authentic”. You can see expression in the child’s eyes and feel emotion from the pictures….it is magical.

  4. That is great Idea! I will try it. I follow Erin Manning and her valuable advice and trust that this must be a great product. With my kids, I know what it’s like to have them pay attention for a few seconds to shoot pictures!

  5. What app or video do you like for colorful interest? I’ll be shooting a baby next week and would like to try something that is swirling and colorful.

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