Something about the Spring makes it more fun with getting out with the kids and doing more. Photos with my kids isn’t always on the top of my list but I do encourage it.
We will one day look back and wish we had been in more of the photos, I promise. Go to a park, have a picnic and get in some photos. Try different angles. Shoot from the ground, capture their little feet running or playing in their favorite spots. Shoot from the swings while swinging with them, set your timer even. Also try capturing the little details, like the foods you are eating, the clouds or sunset. Capture the world around you in a way that when you look at the photo you can take yourself back to that moment and really feel it. Capturing the moments between siblings and couples.
Train them now…..
Have your children start learning to take photos of you and your spouse. How often are we always taking the kids pictures?
DON’T “Say Cheese”- try something new, have them say “Candy” 🙂 Tell them…..”don’t smile, whatever you do, DON’T smile, I promise they will and it will be natural. You may even get a good chuckle. With my sessions, I walk out hot and sweaty because I am running, jumping, rolling and racing with the kiddos to get them to have fun. I simply cannot do the “sit and shoot” type of session. It has to be active. Kids also have very short attention spans, so you learn to ‘read’ when they are borderline bored.
Show them what you’re shooting.
The kids love to see, teens especially and the little ones love to “help me”- let them click the button!
It doesn’t have to be PERFECT
So whether it’s with your phone or your camera, GET IN THE PHOTO.
Capture some fun moments. Candid moments. Set the timer and let it capture the fun. I promise the unexpected sometimes caught on camera are the most cherished memories.
Let them take a turn
Let your little ones try a few shots. You would be amazed at the angle they get, sometimes some wonderful shots.
Find the time
Either way, its important we capture moments with our children while they are little, somewhere in the middle or on their way out and off to the real world. One day you will want to look back and see those moments. They will appreciate them too.
While we have the time here with them NOW and even on those hard days, just snap a few.
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