Playground Fun

Let’s get real, we’ve all done it.  How many photos have you taken of kids at the playground?  On the slides, on the swings, coming down the slides.  But really, how many of the same picture can you take of them at the playground before you have too many of the same photo?  Annddd…what if you post the same photo you’ve taken before on Instagram…{horrifying!} j/k haha.

Here are my tips to spice it up a bit and change up the routine.  Because, YES, even as a photographer, looking at the same photo over again is a bit boring.  “You can’t use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou

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Take photos from a different vantage point.  Try getting their photo while they’re climbing up the ladder or the makeshift chain thing…whatever it’s called.  Different levels make for interesting composition and a new way of looking at what your kids look like.  It might just be your new favorite pic!

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Take photos of them through things.  Through the different holes or through the safety bars.  Even just getting the kids peeking through things creates a bit of a hide and seek feel in your photos and you can just feel the laughter coming from their eyes.  Is that too Mom sappy for you?!

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Here’s a fun one taken a few weeks ago.  I knew that he was coming down the slide a different way and so I sat there waiting to get just his feet.  I have a thing for photographing feet…I know, I’m weird.

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Let’s end with a smile because who doesn’t like a smile from this guy?  Melt my heart.

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Sneak Peek: Baby Ellie

A little while back I had the opportunity to photograph this adorable bucket of love, Ellie.  Congratulations to Ry and Dan for the newest addition to your family.  With two little girls already I see many dresses and bows in your future!

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Vintage mini-couches…love!

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Newborn sessions can either be incredibly gorgeous or head south…really fast.  Photographing newborns and their siblings (if under 5!) can be especially challenging, but it also helps to be a little prepared for them…hence, lots and lots of toys!  I know there are many many sources out there for photographers (and mom-togs!) but here are a few tried and true tips that I definitely need to share:

  1. Rule #1…baby is BOSS!  Never forget that baby runs the show and controls the mood for your photos.  Making sure they are relaxed and comfortable is key!
  2. Having Mom feed them before the sesh helps immensely to keep them calm.  Milk comas are recommended.
  3. They need to be warm!  Whether outside with the sun or inside, keep them warm until you can get ‘um naked for that split second bum shot!
  4. Sometimes I do a loud shushing sound kind of like white noise from the old school tv days…this mimics the womb somehow and it’s a 75/25 chance of them calming!  There’s also a white noise app available, but when shooting with a bulky camera…less is definitely more!
  5. Patience is key!  Don’t be afraid to take your time.  Ever hear of Rome wasn’t built in a day?

That’s just a few tips direct from me to you!  But, if you have any that also works, please feel free to share or link!  Until next time…toodles with a few outtakes from that day to make you smile!

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