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September 30th, 2013 at 8:54 am

Photographing Kids

Fall is a great time to get some photographs of your children. The leaves changing colors, pumpkins and fall flowers. You don’t always need a professional to catch some great shots, though. Here’s some of my tips to get a great photo.

Get down to the child’s level, don’t take photos looking down on them.

Photograph them in action.

Take photos when the child isn’t tired or hungry.

Catch spontaneity. I love a photo of my kids mid-belly laugh. Take photos while they are playing. Use the everyday to inspire the photo.

Use props to distract them. Have a new toy as part of the photo or go to a fun environment.

Want more staged photos? Take them somewhere and interact with them as you would normally. Catch them looking elsewhere, or talk to them while snapping away.

When you catch a really good shot, you’ll know it and you will treasure that photo and the memories that made it forever.

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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June 11th, 2012 at 5:00 am

A Gift for Dad

Three years ago I bought the “perfect” gift for my husband for Fathers Day. It is perfect because it gives year after year. Check it out:

I purchased this frame and two letters from a craft store -D and A. We then went to work posing for photos with them. It ended up so cute I ended up buying another frame for “Dad” to hang up at work.

The next year I actually forgot until the Friday before Fathers Day. We had been in the pool all day so the shots are in swimsuits and kind of silly.

Last year is my favorite so far. We went to a nature trail and took our letters along. The kids are getting more creative. Plus, we were actually dressed in decent clothes with colors that popped, so I made them in color instead of black and white.

I have a little less than a week to figure out where this years photos will be taken, but the boys are already thinking about different poses they can do.

I may also paint the letters this year. Something to mix it up a little more.

Have a bunch of kids? Instead of using pre-cut letters, have the kids group together and spell them out with their bodies.

Get creative! You and the kids will have lots of fun, and DAD will love this gift every year! Post your pictures to our Facebook page or tag us on yours, we would love to see them!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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March 26th, 2012 at 7:24 am

Taking Great Photos of your Children

Some of my most treasured memories are captured in photos. Although, some of my photos leave a lot to be desired. I wanted to share with you some tips that I have learned from friends that are professional photographers for taking better photos of children. Some of the hardest subjects next to animals.

Chose Natural Light when available
The best place to take photos is in the outdoors, but if you are stuck inside try to choose a spot that is next to a window with sunlight shining in on the subject.

Choose the right angle to take the photos from
The photo below shows how I got down to my child’s level instead of standing and looking down on them. Whether you have to kneel, lay or sit on the floor.

Try your best to get a natural smile

One of the worst things I ever did was to teach my oldest to say “CHEESE.” It makes for one ugly smile when you are a child. Instead, try to act silly and make them laugh.

Pictures Snapped while the child isn’t Looking

I like to take pictures when my child doesn’t realize. They may be looking at something or thinking. These photos really capture a “truth” about them.


Use Items as Props

Every year I use letters to spell out the word DAD in a photo display for my husband. These props make some fun times for capturing my kids, plus I think it distracts them from the actual photo taking.

Think of Close-Ups 

Some of the greatest photos are of things other than your child’s face. Focus on hands or tiny feet to showcase some of the favorite parts of your child. Also focus in on other favorite parts of your child – maybe their face during a tantrum, or holding a special item.

Last but not least – Sometimes you need to put the Camera down and just enjoy the moment. There are times when I realize that I am just all about taking pictures and not enjoying the moment. Events are times that I am very good at this, whether it be a family vacation, activity or even one of my sons sporting event. You just need to enjoy and capture those pictures in your mind.

What are your tips to take good pictures of your kids?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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