THE man who does a thing naturally, does it thoroughly and does it well, often sees nothing unusual in his accomplishment, especially if he is somewhat modest and is averse to what, to him, seems to be undue praise.

Louis E. Allen is undoubtedly a very clever specialist in child photography, but he doesn't want us to stress the point. "Tell them it's plenty of light, exposures of one twenty-fifth of a second and super speed film that does the trick, and let it go at that," was Mr. Allen's suggestion. But we don't like to let it go at that.

Mr. Allen does make beautiful pictures of children and we want others to know how he makes them. We have not gone over his files of negatives and selected the finest examples of his work. We have taken the regular run of negatives and made our selection from a very few of these, all worthy of reproduction.

And we must say, in justice to specialized work that Mr. Allen has proved that the photographer who really has the ability and the desire to specialize in one class of work can readily succeed if he devotes all of his time and energy to the one thing.

A business of this kind is not built up in a day or a month or a year, but sooner or later the public will realize that the man who specializes does so for a purpose - because he can do that one thing especially well. And there are always plenty of people who want pictures of children made by a man who knows children and is really fond of them - who is a child specialist.

Mr. Allen's studio is not large but it is fresh and bright and cheerful. It has almost the air of a nursery, at least in so far as its furniture, curtains, wall coverings and accessories are concerned. And everywhere one sees pictures of beautiful children.

These pictures are never sombre. The backgrounds are always light and usually they are white. And the expressions on the childish faces are just as bright as their surroundings.

How the expressions are secured we can't say, but how they are caught is quite simple.

An unobstructed north skylight is supplemented by a bank of nine mercury-vapor tubes in the form of a square and placed parallel with the skylight. These are screened to give a diffused light and this, combined with Super Speed Film insures fully timed exposures at one twenty-fifth of a second. And this is the exposure that Mr. Allen gives - always.

Portrait Film Negative, Vitava Print By Louis E. Allen Rochester, N. Y.

Portrait Film Negative, Vitava Print By Louis E. Allen Rochester, N. Y.

With uniform light, exposure and development, the film negatives have a uniformity of quality that would be a delight to any retoucher or printer. And the results are also a delight to the customer who wants pictures of children, just as they are.

Speed, we think, is one of the most important things in photographing children. They can't be posed if they are to be natural. So the only alternative is to use a fast light, a fast lens and a fast film in order to get exposures that catch and hold the flash of expression that is a joy to every mother's heart.

That's all there is to child portraiture, at least that's what Mr. Allen tells us, but drop into his home at the lake, where he has four happy youngsters of his own, and find him busy building a boat for one or repairing a toy for another and you will agree with us that there is something besides a knowledge of photography that makes this man popular with other children as well as his own.