Welcome to our second installment of our Photography Topic series! If there is a specific topic you'd like for us to cover, please let us know in the comment box below.
Photography is something that we are both passionate about. We love it so much that we have hosted numerous workshops together around the country covering topics such as photography, styling, social media platforms and the art of storytelling.
Our collaborative projects have been featured on A Beautiful Mess, Creature Comforts, Gifted Magazine by Creature Comforts, Clickin Moms & TML Focus. We have also partnered with companies such as Buick/GM, Aden + Anais, Boba, Bla Bla dolls, Artifact Uprising, Famous Footwear and more.
Photographing kids can be tricky....and we know this first hand so we've got some practical tips for you today.
The best piece of advice we can give to you is to align your expectations with reality. This varies from child to child and according to their age. We see this scenario way too often- a group of people behind a photographer trying to get children to sit perfectly still while looking at the camera with a toothy smile.
We decided long ago to put down the unrealistic ideas [that we create in our own minds] of the "perfect picture" and embrace life. The word "lifestyle" has been tossed around a lot, but we really do love the word and its meaning.
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Lifestyle is defined as the typical way of life of an individual, group or culture.
If you're anything like us.....a typical way of life in our household is not perfect, so lets put down the pursuit of perfectionism and embrace everyday life.....the little details, the messes, the laughter and the distractions.
Why do we take photos? We take photos because we want to remember the moment. Photography is incredibly powerful. We can look at a photo and instantly be taken back and experience that moment once again, even with years in between.
We can get another layer deep and say that photographing moments in our lives helps us create memories of that in the future. It's pretty incredible to think about. So, with this perspective on the forefront of our minds....we pick up our cameras and photograph our toddlers the way we want to remember.
We want to remember the little things that make our babies, our babes. We want to remember the strides that make our toddlers, our little tots. We want to remember the characteristics that make our kids, the truly amazing and beautiful kids that they are. Every one of us is unique. There is no one else in this world like us. We want to document this part of life. Of course we love a great smile, but there's so much more to look and strive for.
We want to encourage you to look for the beauty in the mess and the difficult. If your toddler isn't into smiling for the camera.....document something else! We love eyelashes, little toes, fingers around their favorite toy......go outside and let the kids be kids! Chase them around and try and capture those muddy feet or chalk filled hands as they draw their imagination on the sidewalk.
Tell the story of your family....the way it deserves to be told. Honestly.