Our Life In Pictures

Beach By the Lake

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It really shouldn’t amaze me that when we are outdoors and in the nature, I rarely find myself telling them ‘No!’ (‘No, keep your hands to yourself!’ ‘No, you can’t climb that!’ ‘No, stop hitting your brother’s bum!’)

Being outdoors stirs the imagination, brings out the adventurer and gives the space to get mucky, isn’t this the essence of childhood? These are my favorite moments to photograph…no need for direction, cues or any kind of posing!

Here’s a snippet of our littles (and bigs!) on the beach at the lake in Arkansas.

(* Canon 550D, 50mm f/1.8 lens. All shots were taken at ISO 100  f/2.0  1/2500sec)

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How To Enjoy Photographing Active Children Part 2

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THE CHALLENGE

If you missed part 1, you can catch up here!

Personality wise, our boys are quite different. (The word ‘different’ is a bit of an understatement!) Even though they are both very active, getting portraits of my firstborn has always been more challenging, mainly due to his ability to stay still for more than a second! I never really assumed this characteristic came from me…I was the quaint, sweet natured English girl who liked to have tea parties!! However I’m recently reminded that my own dad has referred to me on more than one occasion as a ‘little Mexican jumping bean’and I’ll admit myself that I know I am slightly fidgety! Continue reading “How To Enjoy Photographing Active Children Part 2”

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How to enjoy photographing active children Part 1

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Nowadays, I get so much joy out of taking pictures of my own children, but admittedly it hasn’t always been this way! I wanted to capture all those little quirks and the little things they do, documenting the precious years. But it always felt like more of a test of patience than anything, often resulting in tears (and that was just me!) Addressing this has helped tremendously in knowing how to relate to other parents who were frustrated or embarrassed that their little ones were not striking that perfect pose at the right moment or who couldn’t sit still for very long, more than anything it taught me to respect the child’s feelings and have a little fun in the process! Particularly in regards to my own boys, to not put perfection above enjoying a moment. Creating a safe environment and an enjoyable experience will go a lot further than you may think. My aim in this post is not to give endless tips and tricks on how to photograph active children, but rather for us to focus on how to enjoy it. Continue reading “How to enjoy photographing active children Part 1”