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One thing I've learned in my own journey of motherhood is that time flies. I've always heard the adage but it never really hit home until I blinked and suddenly my baby is about to start kindergarten and I have a nine month old growing faster than I can keep up with. As a photographer, my kiddos always keep me busy, just noticing the little ways they interact with one another or the way morning light paints my littlest one's hands such a soft olive/peach color. We are blessed to live in the digital age where memories are readily captured and stored for the ages and even more so, our smart phones can do an adequate job of capturing the fleeting moments between us and our babies. So here are my three tips for improving your photography skills to better capture the moment, the essence of your children, as seen by you, their mother.
1. Get down on their level
Oftentimes we see our children from the top down, they are indeed our little people, always right around our feet. Once you crouch, get on their face level and just let them play, color, pretend- just be; you are bound to capture something beautiful and precious.
2. Use natural light
Take them outside. Not only will fresh air and light be good for them, you'll avoid pushing the limits of your camera and needing to use flash. Flash will get you a proper exposure but also creates harsh shadows that are not flattering. So go on an adventure, take them to a local park or canal and get them messy and capture them playing in the light.
3. Keep it casual
Try not to put too much pressure on yourself or the kiddos. If your child gets cranky, don't force a photo, you'll just end up more stressed than when you started. Keep the interaction light and make them laugh. Their smiles will be enormous and so very bright since they'll be smiling at you, their whole world.
Enjoy your babies, cherish their laughter and hug them tight. Take their photos for you and for them. <3