83 comments

  1. Jessica

    August 18, 2008 at 10:01 am

    Such great moments and such perfect photography!!

  2. starbahks

    August 18, 2008 at 10:01 am

    such great moments you captured!
    your children are beautiful, and you capture their spirit perfectly.

  3. Anonymous

    August 18, 2008 at 10:02 am

    aawww they’re adorable
    great photos!

  4. Karina

    August 18, 2008 at 10:08 am

    Ah, these are lovely – and give me hope for my own point-and-click aspirations! Thank you, once again.

  5. bobloblawlawblog

    August 18, 2008 at 10:26 am

    out of context though, it doesn’t sound so good you said that you shoot your own kids ;(

  6. Harlen

    August 18, 2008 at 10:28 am

    I appreciate the mini-tutorial of how you take pictures. Clearly it takes a lot of patience!

  7. Carolina Lange

    August 18, 2008 at 10:35 am

    So true! Amazing post!

  8. Anonymous

    August 18, 2008 at 10:44 am

    You are very good :)

  9. kagitsune

    August 18, 2008 at 10:53 am

    Wow, thank you for the valuable insight into spontaneous photography! I can’t wait until I get a good camera… then I could apply everything I’ve learned from this blog and other artists… :3

  10. stivd

    August 18, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Yes, the famous decisive moment; not nearly so spontaneous as popularly believed. I think Jeff Wall’s approach has more in common with Cartier-Bresson than it might initially seem.

    The shot on top is really fantastic! There are so many levels, and an incredible amount of counterpoint and thematic reinforcement; active/passive, near/far…

    The kids are cute and the fluffy clouds are nice too!

  11. Candace

    August 18, 2008 at 11:31 am

    First of all, your kids are too adorable. Second, I have to agree with you on not needing to be a professional photographer. I’ve taken some really beautiful photos with my pretty basic digital camera. If the landscape/location is beautiful, it’s hard to get it wrong.

  12. Anonymous

    August 18, 2008 at 11:43 am

    those pictures are great… sart, could you tell us exactly what camera you used???? i’m planning on buying a camera and i’d be really grateful for your help. i just went to the beach yesterday and took some photos with my friends camera, but the colors weren’t as nice as the ones in your pictures… thanks!

  13. S

    August 18, 2008 at 11:55 am

    They are so beautiful and I these photos capture so much joy, they’re stunning.

  14. Claire,

    August 18, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    Oh yes! I learned, am learning, and my children are patient studies. Love your blog. Cute kids!

  15. NYSFgirl

    August 18, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Good advice, Scott. Henri Cartier-Bresson mastered and was credited as the father of this type of photography, which he named “The Decisive Moment.” He said explained it as “the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms that give that event its proper expression.” This became a universal philosophy for photographers, and it’s the combination of the human instant plus the “organization” (composition) that makes a shot art. One of his best known photographs was of a man jumping a puddle in the railroad yards of Paris, capturing the instant just before his foot will crash through the placid surface of the water — I bet many of you have seen it. His gorgeous book, “The Decisive Moment” (1952), is still available, if you have a few thousand dollars to spare. ;)

  16. suzanne nelson

    August 18, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Your children are beautiful and clearly having so much fun! How about asking both of them to take a picture of you wearing your panama and posting the results? It’s always good to see how kids see things.
    Thanks for such a lovely post.

  17. -h of candid cool

    August 18, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    the expression on your girls’ face in the second shot is so cute and hilarious!!

  18. Anonymous

    August 18, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    The photos are vibrant and full of life! I’m not a beach person, but these photos make me feel like I am there!

  19. Selin

    August 18, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    i love the colors

  20. x miss nina

    August 18, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    I have always thought Canon makes the best point & shoots. These are beautiful!

  21. Virginia

    August 18, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    lovely entry

  22. Lisa

    August 18, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    They’re beautiful. :) And yep. I teach photography and I always insist it’s not the gear. It’s the eye, being in tune with your surroundings and knowing what and when to shoot. There are photographers who shoot with point-and-shoots that take pictures that could make a lot of DSLR users weep.

  23. Anonymous

    August 18, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Are you in Malibu, brother Sart?

  24. Anonymous

    August 18, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Ach, such cuties!

    Serendipity.

    The breaking wave on the the right of the bottom photo somehow adds to the glee.

    – desertwind

    PS – Using "the moment", last summer you made a great set of pix in Milan. A downpour hit just as people arrived for a show. You stationed yourself under an overhang at the bottom & around the corner of a curved driveway. You captured them at the moment they rounded the corner.

  25. kafkaesque08

    August 18, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    I wanna play in the sand now, under beautiful sky. So inspiring. Le sigh. :P

  26. Maggie May

    August 18, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    simply beautiful and the stuff of life. i have a boy and girl as well!

  27. Anonymous

    August 18, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Love the pictures of your children – love pictures of all/any children.Actually I love children.
    But looking at children is not why i appreciate this site. No it definitely is not.
    And I am not one tiny bit interested in learning to take pictures. I just want to look at them, get inspired by them.

  28. Bombchell

    August 18, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    wow lovely photos.

    I guess practice might make perfect after all.

  29. matt

    August 18, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    You must be doing something right as if I was to take those shots the whole sky would be overexposed and white.

  30. d2fang

    August 18, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    Awesome photos – these prove that true photographers don’t need high end equipment to make art!

  31. Nitasha

    August 18, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    I’ve been most impressed by these pictures and the one of you. What an amazing moment and a true testament to your ability to recognise and capture it. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

  32. K E S H

    August 18, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    thats how ive been teaching myself photography. i had a £60 canon point and shoot too and it’s going great!

    cute kiddies!! great shots xx

  33. Anonymous

    August 18, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Thank you for letting us in and allowing us to see your family during vacation. With you as their dad, they deserve two front row seats to all the shows.

  34. Anonymous

    August 18, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    its beautifull. Thank you

  35. julia r

    August 18, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    so refreshing to hear that someone at your level is self taught.

    i am the same and am currently shooting a lot with my my canon point and shoot. i have a lot of friends that are professional photographers who all went to school and it feels good to see some sort of vindication!

    i love your work. i want to be the she-sartorialist. hah!

    julia r.

  36. Margaret

    August 18, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Couldn’t agree more about anticipation. Autofocus helps too. I was taking pics of my younger child when the older one stuck his head in front, sideways. Autofocus meant I got the shot – cheeky, audacious, out there, knows he’s being a stinker (think Donkey from Shrek) IN FOCUS older son in the front, with out of focus, noisily protesting younger son in the background. Every parent knows it – but capturing it, there is the rub!

    And Anonymous at 11.43, and kagitsune at 10.53 – I think the point is it doesn’t matter too much which camera you have. Photography buffs will argue the ins and outs of different cameras (walk into a room and say “Nikon or Canon?” and watch the fur fly!) but the single biggest differentiator is the photographer.

  37. Isabella

    August 18, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    They’re so lovely. Yeah def. the camera should indulge the kids, not the other way round.

  38. Anonymous

    August 18, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Really, the best part about her bathing suit snapping is the other one’s face. She really has the squealing with slapstick laughter look. I love that.

  39. Anonymous

    August 18, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    Alas our beloved Sartorialist is taken! You have adorable children.

  40. Mary Pi

    August 19, 2008 at 12:01 am

    i´m glad to visit here and get inspired by your images, the “eye” for beauty in its best. congartulations.

  41. ilay

    August 19, 2008 at 1:36 am

    your kids are adorable !

    and loved the instructions. so beneficial.

  42. lis

    August 19, 2008 at 2:52 am

    Totally inspiring post! In fact, keeping you in mind, I snapped some photos at a baby shower recently. I thought about background, lighting, spontaneity, all the things I love about your work…and, voila, success! Okay, so not every shot was a gem, but I got a few really really good ones! Thanks, Sart!

    And, by the way, those kids are pretty darn cute!!

  43. Niña Mendoza

    August 19, 2008 at 3:32 am

    Great tips, lovely website. Thanks for the inspiration.

  44. Anonymous

    August 19, 2008 at 4:41 am

    Sart, these are truly amazing photos. My heart warmed looking at them. Thank you for sharing and thank you for explicating some of your technique. Wonderful.

  45. nyc/caribbean ragazza

    August 19, 2008 at 5:05 am

    Your children are beautiful as are these photos.

    I have a Canon point and shoot. When I did research for which camera to buy, Canons came highly recommended.

    I’m still learning the ins and outs of the camera but I love it.

    I’ve been taking photos of mostly places and things since I moved to Italy. (it’s a very beautiful place) but I would like to shoot more people in the future. Your advice is very helpful.

    I had no idea you were self-taught. wow.

  46. PMD

    August 19, 2008 at 5:39 am

    lovely snap…

    Regards,
    Jeetu
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  47. Laurent

    August 19, 2008 at 6:49 am

    Very original snapshots !
    Yes, photography is definitely emotion.

    Hope to meet you one day, in an European street ?

  48. My Greatest Intervention

    August 19, 2008 at 7:14 am

    the present moment is the difference that makes a difference – inspiring pics!

  49. Regina

    August 19, 2008 at 7:51 am

    Your girls are great, and the pictures are sooooo bautiful!!!!!!
    But in fact what makes them great is your loving way to look at them – the girls.
    Just loved them!

  50. Anonymous

    August 19, 2008 at 9:12 am

    lovely kids
    xxxx

  51. Anonymous

    August 19, 2008 at 9:20 am

    This is beautiful.

  52. Miguel

    August 19, 2008 at 10:02 am

    Nice kids and a perfect sky…

  53. Shrink Boutique

    August 19, 2008 at 10:28 am

    This is quite true. I minored in photography but I am mostly self-taught. I still shoot film on an old Nikon FM and F80 and people give me shit all the time for not being digital yet they like the shots and more importantly the moments.

  54. Anonymous

    August 19, 2008 at 10:47 am

    thanks for this great tip bro!

  55. Anonymous

    August 19, 2008 at 10:48 am

    thanks for this great tip bro!

  56. kathrin@twoforfashion.de

    August 19, 2008 at 11:50 am

    your girls are very cute, is this in long island? Are you back then in New York? And up for an interview? It would be such an honor to feature you on my blog twoforfashion.de
    kathrin

  57. Anonymous

    August 19, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Completly agree about the camera, as long as the light is sufficient a simple click and go camera works fine.
    By the way, great shots and lovely kids. //Ghost

  58. Anonymous

    August 19, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    Completly agree about the camera, as long as the light is sufficient a simple click and go camera works fine.
    By the way, great shots and lovely kids. //Ghost

  59. Just an Observation

    August 19, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Absolutely adorable moments…..cute kids btw.

    Thanks for sharing the tips on picture taking, can’t think of a better place to apply them then when trying to capture moments with family in candid and inpromptu instants!!

    THXSAR!

  60. Barbara

    August 19, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    I’m really loving the vacation shots! It’s nice to have something besides street wear every once in a while. Plus, we get to look into your life.

  61. Erin Sonoda

    August 19, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    I love these pictures they are great!

    Just wondering how you travel all the time to many different countries and still have time for your family? Do your daughters ever come with you on trips? Just curious…

  62. Esmée

    August 19, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Great pfoto’s! Really love them:)

    xxx

  63. Stefano

    August 19, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Trully inspiring…

    Congratulations for the pictures, the beautiful kids and, always, for the Blog!

    Ciao ciao

  64. Peter

    August 19, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Scott, what’s your policy on dressing children? Do you buy in to the children’s designer lines? Do you to take them to a store and let them choose?

    I think Glenn O’Brien said it best when he suggested that you dress your children simply and conservatively and let them make their own mistakes when they’re older.

  65. Lola

    August 19, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    cute…but fashion posts soon right????

  66. Tinkerbell and fairies

    August 19, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    breathtaking picutures!

  67. Jeffrey Byrnes

    August 20, 2008 at 12:32 am

    One, I didnt know you taught your self photography. Two, you can capture some very good moments with your camera. Three, even the smallest of cameras can produce a great photograph when you have the ability to capture the fleeting moments.

  68. Fabulously Lizy

    August 20, 2008 at 1:22 am

    We spent Sunday afternoon lounging on the beach in Laguna. It was amazing. I’m missing our perfect Sunday afternoon already.

  69. Anonymous

    August 20, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    These were shotted with the heart!
    Carpe diem Sart.
    Cristina

  70. Anonymous

    August 20, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    amazing photos! i would believe you if you said you took them with an SLR. i think its awesome that you say that photography is about the anticipation, because a lot of times i tend to think that people with all the pricey gear are the best photographers (not always true).

  71. hopsmaltyeast

    August 20, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Beautiful photos of adorable kids.

    Love the description that goes with the photos as well.

    My daughter tipped me off about your blog and thought I would enjoy it. As usual, she was spot on. This is great.

    Thanks

  72. Modelizer

    August 20, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    I’m kind of surprised at how much praise you’re getting about being self taught, even though I went to Parsons for photography, I still feel like I’m self taught. All art is self taught, even if you go to school for it.

    Point and shoot cameras are just as great as the big ones, I’m glad that you’re able to remind people of that! It’s about knowing what you want to capture/ capturing it, then the actual item used to capture it.

  73. MyraMyra

    August 20, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Reminds me of vacation days with my brother. Photos make such great, captured memories.

  74. Ani

    August 21, 2008 at 2:15 am

    this is a wonderful picture i love the background the powerful spirit of the children.. :0)

  75. Anonymous

    August 22, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    These are lovely! And how did you get the colors to show up so vividly? My beach pictures tend to always look washed out.

  76. taylor

    August 23, 2008 at 1:08 am

    Claudia seems like a really chill girl.

  77. Kitschen Pink

    August 23, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    I love it when you great photographers say “oh look it was only a point and shoot”. for me it just goes to show that it’s not about the equipment but the artist using the equipment! Great photoes, and what a pair of cuties!
    I once attended a lecture by Quentin Blake, children’s illustrator. He always illustrates the moment before the event in the written word. Take a look – it’ll make you laugh.
    I’m off to sit in the kitchen and get ready for a great shot to happen by…… t.x

  78. Anonymous

    August 24, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    Nice tip, I appreciate you sharing y our thoughts

  79. Anonymous

    August 30, 2008 at 11:49 am

    Thanks for taking me back to my childhood vacations on the jersey shore with my two sisters. Your children are lovely. And you have inspired me to take more pictures of my husband and four-legged children with my not-so-fancy camera.

  80. Gina

    October 3, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Photographing kids, as you describe, is a lot like photographing puppies. You can’t wait for the right moment; you just click, and click, and click and if you’re lucky, you’ll have maybe one or two really great shots that capture the spirit.

  81. wen Di

    November 9, 2008 at 7:51 am

    i know this comment is being posted at a much later date, but i was not captured primarily by the photos of your children, but the first sentence of this post. i find it extremely inspiring that you are a self taught photographer. so much is taught in school now that can take away from the experience and passion that is discovered when teaching yourself an art. hats off…

  82. Tips Photo

    February 6, 2009 at 1:30 am

    These are great pictures, thanks for posting them.

  83. Anka

    August 27, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Beautiful…

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