Size isn’t everything! – Gästbloggare Anthony Cake

Anthony Cake is a freelance photographer from the UK. Read more about him in this earlier post or on his own website.

I’m going to start off by popping the megapixel bubble, you don’t need the latest expensive camera with a 20mp sensor to take great photographs of your kids! Some of the best pictures I’ve captured of our twins have been taken using the camera on my mobile phone. What makes them so great and possibly better than a picture taken on my pro kit that was locked in the boot of the car? Because it was the only camera I had to hand and I was able to capture the moment. Yes a digital SLR camera will produce a much higher quality image but most photographs are only ever viewed on a computer screen or printed no bigger than a 6”x4” print. A camera with a 10mp sensor will be more than enough to “capture the moment”.

The first and most important rule when photographing children is get down on their level and I don’t mean intellectually! Get down on their eye level, this will mean crawling round on your hands and knees and getting some serious grass stains or carpet burns. The average toddler is 60cm tall, the average adult is 180cm tall, if you don’t get down then all you will be photographing is the tops of heads and tips of noses. It’s about interacting with your subject; your child loves to interact with your face not your feet.

This weeks photo competition theme is ‘Capture the moment’, read more about the competition here.

Anthony Cake – renowned international photographer

You know in Americas Next Top Model how Tyra says “Nigel Barker, a renowned fashion photographer”? I don’t know Nigel Barker, but I know someone just like him.

My hubby and I have a talented friend. He used to be the captain of our rowing club. He stepped down before I became Treasurer. Luckily or I might have killed him, or he might have killed me. This is what he has got to say about himself.

Anthony Cake has been an editorial photographer in the UK for the last 20 years. He has worked for numerous newspapers and magazines including; The Saturday Times, The Guardian, The Observer, The Express, Maria Claire, Maxim, Woman, Essentials. His work has taken him all over the world from the conflict in Bosnia to rafting the Franklin River in Tasmania, whilst photographing the odd celebrity on the way. Until recently Anthony lived in London but now has moved to Dorset in the south of England with his wife Gillian and their twin children Thomas and Agatha. To see more of his work visit

Impressive for those in the know. You folks are Swedish so I wouldn’t call you in the know. You have probably heard of some of those publications, but won’t be able to rate them.

It is also a bit too modest if you ask me. If you check his website many of Cakeys “odd celebrities” are not known here in Sweden. But here are two people who you may recognise who have chosen to work with Cakey (you will refer to him as Antony Cake until you have had a beer with him please).

Jude Law.

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York (also know as “Fergie”)

But he doesn’t only take great pictures of famous people. He also takes fantastic photos of;

Naked women

Women in clothes


 Dull men


 War stuff

For the next couple of months Cakey will be guest blogging here and sharing his best tips for taking photos of children. Starting tomorrow and every two weeks you will be getting photo tips and see photos from a real pro right here.

At the same time we will be running a photo competition on a theme relating to the photo tip. Cakey will be picking the winner, 2nd and 3rd runner up. More details about the competition to follow. Needless to say prizes in the competition will be from!

All photos in this post is are copyright Anthony Cake and are not to be used without permission.