Oh little Anaya. Such a pretty name for a pretty baby.
We’ve all been there. Your going on holidays , you’ve picked out perfect outfits, imagined the poses and you are determined to get that perfect shot. All happy, smiling at the camera, looking like they love each other…..”CLICK” the perfect picture….
Fast forward. Shirts are half untucked, so and so “is touching me”, “it’s too bright” (even though the sun is barely up)…tears…
OK I admit it, this was the scenario when we went on holiday to the beach this summer (really I should know better by now but a Mom can dream right!) Sunset photo shoot, kids looking great, no fighting, natural smiles… YA RIGHT!!!
It rained most evenings which was a relief from the heat but put a bit of a wrench in my plans and the one night it would have worked we went out for dinner and got back just in time to madly rush around getting them all ready and by the time we made it to the beach we were chasing the sun. OK..I could deal. Change of plans, sunrise session. With the bribe of a morning lolly “if they behaved” I set the alarm for bright and early. Got them dressed and ready and headed down to the beach again. They were grumpy and tired, my little one wouldn’t open her eyes because “it’s too bright” my oldest was frustrated and yelled at my little one…crying ensued…UGH. It was at that moment that I gave up. Turned them all and took this picture…
And I love it! It will forever be a reminder of that morning and to not take getting that perfect shot too seriously!
That being said here are some tips to help make getting pictures of your own kids a little easier!
Don’t set your self up to be disappointed! Be flexible and ready to change what might not work. If you get that perfect shot YAY but always be prepared to take things in a different direction.
STAY RELAXED!!! I can’t stress this enough! Kids are smart, they can read you like no one else! My sweet girl used to turn her back on me EVERY time I pulled out a camera. She was showing me she was in control! When I embraced that part of her I got one of my very favorite pictures of my kids! It shows their personalities at that stage more that any other!
Don’t try to “pose” them if they are unwilling. Sit them together and get pictures of them interacting. Their smiles will be genuine and you will capture a sweet moment between them. Tell them jokes, make fun of yourself keep it real and you will get great shots.
Make sure to take pictures of things they love with them! If your little one has a favorite lovey make sure it is in the picture. Children are thrilled to show off things that are important to them and pose with their favorite friend.
Take pictures of them playing together. Working together to fly a kite, building sand castles, pushing each other on the swings. Again you are going to capture genuine smiles.
Believe me 5, 10 and 20 years from now you are not going to look back wistfully at those imperfect images and be disappointed! You will be thrilled to have the real moments captured!
They will be cherished!!
So the next time you start daydreaming of the perfect pictures of your kids think PERFECTLY IMPERFECT and you won’t be disappointed!
Here are just a few of my favorites!
With the new studio finally ready it was time to test out the lighting for the Holiday Mini sessions and make sure everything was ready to go! My two youngest were more than happy to throw on some new jamjams (as they call them) and be my models.
I was so happy with how they all turned out!
It’s that time of year and with the new studio finally ready I thought I’d offer some fun sessions for the kiddos!
I will be booking limited dates and times Dec 10-19th. Please contact me for all the details.