An unexpected tip for taking great photographs of your kids

Lucy Baum Montreal Family PhotographerLucy Baum Montreal Family PhotographerCapturing authentic moments

Take photographs with your heart, rather than your eyes.

We often run to grab the camera (or the smart phone) when we see our children doing something memorable - acting funny, dressing up, etc. Their behaviour acts as our cue. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that - it's an open invitation that will have us laughing well into years to come.

But how about when they're not doing anything particularly memorable? Watching tv, playing quietly, reading, doing a puzzle. Those moments often possess something the others don't - the authenticity that lies below the "show". Those are the images that immediately strike a chord in your heart - a particular expression, a mannerism, or even a level of focus or concentration that gives you a glimpse into who they really are. You may experience these things on a daily basis, but they may not typically be the subject of a photograph. You don't even need to see their face - sometimes it's just the scene or activity as a whole. 

The photograph in this post was taken when we moved my husband's whiteboard to the main floor to see if we could find a spot for it. It was too big, so we left it leaning on a dresser until it went back into storage. It didn't take long to find a little artist, who quietly found the markers and started to draw. When I look at this picture, I feel the tender-hearted artistic quality about her that I love. Along with the position of her little feet and those soft little ringlets in her hair, this photo just melts my mommy-heart.

Next time there is quiet in your house (I know, it could signal trouble!), grab your camera. Observe your children in whatever they're doing without disturbing. I am positive you'll find some authentic moments that will tug at your heart; these little people that share your home and space. And then take that picture. 

 

 

 

 


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