with Courtney Slazinik
Personification – Photography Creative Exercise

If your children are like mine they often get tired of the camera and would love for you to photograph something else. I have found so much fun in photographing their toys, mainly their stuffed animals.

For this month’s challenge I want you to give a personality to an inanimate object.

Personification means “giving an inanimate (non-living) object human traits and qualities, such as emotions, desires, sensations, physical gestures and speech” according to Wikipedia.

Use composition and lighting to help create the mood. Feel free to manipulate the object to place it in the best light or position.

You do not need to only stick with toys as there are many things you could use.

photography exercise

photography exercise

Please share your images on our Facebook page. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

  • March 6, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    This is great! Just today, L complained that I wanted to take her picture again. :)

    • Courtney
      March 8, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      So glad you found something to give you little one a break ;)

  • Jacqueline
    March 6, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Love that one with the monkey!

    • Courtney
      March 8, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      Thanks!! It was fun to do :)

  • Ashlyn
    March 6, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    I love these photos. They’re so real.

    • Courtney
      March 8, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      Thanks so much!

  • Gina
    March 6, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    These are so cute! Can you talk about the lighting a little and how to achieve it? Love it.

  • Kira
    March 6, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Great idea. Our poor kids certainly do get tired of a camera around all the time! I’d love to hear more about the lighting you used here as well.

  • March 6, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Seriously what a GREAT idea! I am going to participate for sure. What a great topic for the nasty cold winter – I am out of things to shoot until spring rears its head! :)

    • Courtney
      March 8, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      Thanks! Yes, it’s perfect for these dreary winter days!

  • March 6, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    I will try this. they have had it with the 365er ! Ha!

    • Courtney
      March 8, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      I’d love to see it on the Facebook wall when you do try it :)

  • March 8, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    I’m just getting started with photography, and this blog has been very inspirational. I’m going to ‘play’ with some toys later;)

    • Courtney
      March 8, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      Welcome!! So glad you have found photography :) Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  • MJ
    March 9, 2013 at 5:45 AM

    Love, love, love your website….thanks for sharing :)

    • Courtney
      March 9, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      Thanks so much!!! :)

  • March 16, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    I’m definitely going to try this, my kids are totally over having their photos taken at the minute!

    • Courtney
      March 21, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      I can totally see you rocking it with your Lensbaby too :)

  • April 3, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Will I be able to take similiar pics with a non DSLR camera?

    • Courtney
      April 3, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      Of course! You can do personification with any kind of camera :) The low lighting will be tricky but not impossible. Turn off your flash and maybe put your camera on a tripod :)

  • July 11, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    love using my train people when i’m in a rut :)

  • July 12, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Thanks for the idea! My son is on vacation with his dad so I have a good reason to try this out! :)

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