Funnily enough, this blog post is all about using the power of distraction. Given that I took these photos back in leafy October, I guess that should show us all what the power of distraction is like.
So, what is the plan here? Basically, I find that children are best behaved for photography when they are doing something else that they are actually interested in. And generally they aren't interested in sitting still and looking at the camera to have their photograph taken. Not when you want them to at least! So have them do something else. Not absolutely anything though - think of what the options are, think about how you could use it to get a good photograph, get yourself all set up and ready (distraction in just the way you want it may not last very long you see!), and cajole the children into whatever it was you had in mind that they might think was their own idea.
Granted, my children are quite used to sitting still for photographs, but they still enjoyed this session more than a sit down and pose session. First I had them help me get set up (great if you can manage it)
Once we had a big leaf pile made, we got down to the serious business of running through it. I took some pictures closer to the action with a wide angle lens...
I have to admit that I did take a lot of photos of this - many out of focus, or with a crazy expression that isn't what I really wanted, or with leaves where the face should be. Lesson - if you are shooting action things, take plenty of pictures.
I took some with a longer lens from further away too...
Much easier to keep things in focus and not be covered in leaves yourself, but maybe not so 'in the thick of it' as the wide angle shots earlier.
But for all of the pictures, just look at the properly distracted and happy faces. I know the leaves have gone now, but there's plenty of other distractions out there ALWAYS!
You can read this and previous suggestions for improving your family photography at this page on my website.