I’m often asked how I’m able to capture “creative” everyday moments of my kids. Answering this, I always begin with the truth. The truth is that I’m a magician. I wave this wand that blasts off confetti to get my kids to do what I want them to do for pictures. Oh, and if that doesn’t work, I just use good ol’ momarazzi Voodoo.
The truth is that in order to capture great moments of my girls, I need only watch them and keep my camera nearby and my camera’s battery charged.
At my girls’ age, I can’t stage pictures, even if I wanted to.
Nya is now more aware of the camera and as a result she’ll vocally protest and run away, when I ask her to do anything that resembles looking normal in front of the camera. And, Annah? Oh, well, she’s pretty clueless to it all, but given her great mobility and head and neck control, she’s still very difficult to photograph most of the time.
So, when I take pictures of them both, I do so silently and without a whole lot of hoopla. I don’t say “Hey! Look at mommy!” Because they don’t listen and instead of looking at me, they’ll look at a crumb on the floor.
I don’t stand directly in front of them with the camera, usually, because then whatever it is that I want them to do, they’ll stop doing. Of course. But, that’s expected when photographing children.
I took these shots yesterday in Nya’s room. I was cleaning up and Nya started reading a book and Annah watched on. This scene isn’t spectacular, but I thought it would be nice to get on camera so I silently left the room, got my camera, and began snapping away. These are some of my favorite shots:
How do you get great shots of your kids?
This is week 14 of my 52 weeks of photos, personal photography challenge. I’m linking this post up with Courtney Kirkland.