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Tips for capturing photos of children

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Here are some great tips for catching pics of your kids while out and about this summer! We are now booking at home and on location sessions. Remember those second kids will love that you had professional pictures taken when they were young too!

If you are a photographer by hobby or profession, you probably have experienced how difficult it can sometimes be to photograph your own family. Photographing your own children can be some of the toughest portraits that photographers do.
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I do love a good inspirational quote!

“When I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear.” –Alfred Eisenstaedt

“Some photographs are like a Chekhov short story or a Maupassant story. They’re quick things and there’s a whole world in them. But one is unconscious of it while shooting.” –Henri Cartier-Bresson

What photographers have said is often just as powerful as their images. Here are 50 of our favorite quotes about photography.
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Tips to look great in those vacation photos!

Even though it is snowing, it is the first day of spring and the start of family vacation season! When you are posing for photos, keep these tips in mind. Also contact us to set up a session to get some tips live and in person!

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Some people are just naturally photogenic — but for the rest of us, it’s important to steal these photographer hacks to look better in photos.
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Words of wisdom from Amy Poehler-A quick summation of why I love lifestyle photography!

“People are at their most beautiful when they are laughing, crying, dancing, playing, telling the truth, or being chased in a fun way”

I came across this while reading Amy Poehler’s book Yes Please and was struck by how true it is. That is why I love lifestyle photography- I get to capture people’s real beauty, the laughing, playing, dancing kind.

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In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and lov…
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Professional photos are more memorable!

Hey, check it out! Professionally captured photos are more memorable! We are now booking sessions for more memorable memories!

The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) recently conducted a study that compares public perception of professional photographs versus amateur o
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Tips for brides, brides to be, and anyone else who wants to look pose like a model

For all those brides out there planning their wedding, here are some great tips on posing:
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Your wedding pictures will be treasured for years to come — here’s how to make sure you look your best.
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How to look amazing in every photo- well other than hiring yourself a fantabulous photographer!

These are some good tips, especially the first one. Hiring an experienced photographer will help you with these. If we do a photoshoot together, you will find me scoping out the lighting first thing when we show up on the site you choose!

Remember picture day at school? When you would painstakingly spend hours picking your favorite pink spaghetti strap, and clip in three too many butterfly hair clips for your yearbook portrait, only to look, in horror, when said photo revealed a…
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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays everyone! The holidays are a great time to get really fabulous pictures of your family. While hiring a professional is always a great idea, it is often hard to schedule this during the holidays at a time that your whole family is actually together (and not out shopping or traveling). The bloggers over at Keven and Amanda have put together a nice compilation of tutorials to help you capture beautiful images of your family this holiday season:

http://www.kevinandamanda.com/…/8-tutorials-to-get-beautifu…

Happy Day Before Thanksgiving! In our family we always try to take our holiday card photos over Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity for family photos, because it’s when everyone is all…
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Tips for photographing babies and young children

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1. Be ready to start shooting the moment the session starts. Toddlers are usually a little shy and coy in the very beginning. This is your golden opportunity to get him or her to sit still for a few moments, and perhaps get some good close ups and other natural shots. Therefore it is crucial to have all gear tested and ready before session starts.

2. Sit the toddler down. When the toddler starts feeling confident and wants to move around and explore all the exciting things in your studio this is the time to sit or place them. The toddler can be seated on a chair or stool, in a box or a bucket, whatever you have handy in your studio. If you are outside look for a bench, a big rock, or anything similar. This way you have a few moments to shoot while the toddler is occupied with sitting. For bigger (and faster) toddlers, I try sitting them on higher chairs so it takes a few moments for them to figure out how to get down. (And of course I keep mummy close by to avoid any accidents!)

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3. Bubbles. Lots of bubbles. They never fail to get the toddlers attention. I even have small bottles of bubbles to give away after the session.

4. Dancing. Another way of getting your toddler in the mood is to get them dancing. And for a photo session everything is allowed, even dancing on the bed!

5. Change your angles. I am sure you already know to get down to the child’s level when taking pictures of children, and I am happy to state that I spend about half of my work day lying on my belly. But, like every other rule, it has its exceptions. During a session I always try to get as many angles in as I can. Front, 45 degrees above, 90 degrees above, etc. And to get even more variety, if the kid is willing to sit still, I change her angles too, to shoot her from the front, diagonal, from the side, looking outside (I have a window in my studio and I always ask my kids to look out and see if they can see the birdies…). And I even love pictures where the toddler is sitting or standing with her back to me, or walking away from me.

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6. Magic tricks. I know I am steeling this trick from someone, but I am using it anyway, it works wonders for older toddlers. The penny-trick. Place a penny or any other coin on the floor, and make the toddler hide it with his little feet. Another version of this for slightly smaller kids: stickers. Have them stand on the sticker, just be careful to get the stickers that are easy to remove, so you aren’t stuck with editing them out in every single frame afterwards.

7. Talking about stickers, there is another funny way of keeping the toddler busy, and that is putting a little bit of scotch tape on his finger. The kid will give all his attention to getting the tape off and in the meantime you have some moments to shoot. (Do I sound like a really mean photographer by now???)

8. Noises! How could I almost forget this trick? I always always always have squeaky toys up my sleeve; no exception. It is the most effective way to get the toddler look at me (and in the camera), and it will work for at least three or four times. After that the toddler gets “immune” to the noise.

 

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