March 28, 2012 by mamacravings
Cute pictures of my toddler, that sounds simple enough. My kid is cute, thus I should have cute pics of him. Yet at least 7 out of 10 times my pictures are a blank frame or a blur of flailing limbs. Through my mama-tography quest, I have found that the unusable photos are just as part of the adventure, of both motherhood and photography.
I am in no means a photographer…as you could probably tell by my less than stellar success rate. For me, it’s not about being a professional or having the latest camera (though I wouldn’t turn it down. **Psst! Mother’s Day is coming up. Somebody alert the husband!). My personal mission in picking up the camera is to catch moments that are slipping away too quickly and to capture my ridiculously adorable child.
Through experience and countless hours tagging along after my photography student brother, I have unearthed 3 tips in getting picture-perfect shots of my toddler:
You do not need a fancy studio to get a great photo of your child. Gravitate towards settings with natural light (the window, the back yard or the park). Check the details. Don’t allow clutter in your pictures. Move things around. Move you around. As you drive around town, take note of places that would be a fun and interesting back drop.
There are shots of my son that I am undeniably sure I will not get. First on that list is anything that requires him to sit still. Still is not part of my beautiful son’s personality. When he’s old enough to ground and to threaten within an inch of his life, I will come up with a new game plan. But until then, I let Eli take the lead. We do shoots with him painting, playing football and playing with the water hose. I get to capture his fun, creative, quirky, silly side. And I do it with little to no stress about “making” him pose. There is no posing. Eli is simply being Eli, which captures the moment in a beautiful way that posing or sitting still never could.
Ahhhh….Patience. I almost didn’t incorporate patience into this. Not because it’s not imperative, but because I lack it. And I lack it hard. I want the first shot to be perfect. That has yet to happen. Come to find out my lack of patience is a huge buzz kill. Buzz kills do not make good photographers or photography assistants. Trying to force a shot or an experience only ruins it. Pre–plan enough time to allow for that winning shot. If you don’t get it. It is okay. The sun will rise tomorrow. Try again then.
When all else fails, ask your brother to study photography and do it for you. 🙂