Cut the "Cheeses"

How often do you find yourself gathering your kids to huddle together and look at the camera and say “cheese”? Can you picture yourself begging them to listen or even yelling at them to get in line? Are they miserable looking - did their smile disappear? Does this interrupt the moment and feel forced?  It does for me. 

Is there a better way to document the childhood of our kids? YES! I am excited to share some ideas and a link to my e-course all about encouraging kids to play.

Here's the challenge I have for you. Don’t ask for eye contact or the cheese smile.  When you have the urge to pull out your camera, go ahead….but take a moment. Observe what they are doing and look for a moment of strong emotion or action and take that picture. This new kind of image (not the cheese smile) will elicit a happy memory in 1, 5, 15 years. Your child might even think it's a cool picture and ask for more! It will remind you of what your child liked doing, what your neighborhood looked like, how they moved their body, what silly faces they made, where you went to play, how they played, learned and had fun.

Here are some ideas (and picture examples) of how to capture your child playing rather than “cheesing”.

A few tips:

  • Eye contact is not needed
  • Use body language to elicit emotion
  • Include the environment to provide story telling
  • Minimize distractions in the background (other people, cars, etc.)

I am offering a photography e-course through Clickin Moms all about capturing children PLAYING. It is called Permission to Play and will be available May 1 for $25 (price increase after May 11th) and is packed full of information. A 100 page PDF, 4 videos of me shooting my kids, and editing videos. 

PERMISSION to PLAY e-course

 - swinging at the park or on a tree branch  -  walking with a grandparent hand in hand  - riding a bike through your neighborhood  - eating favorite foods or treats

- swinging at the park or on a tree branch

-  walking with a grandparent hand in hand

- riding a bike through your neighborhood

- eating favorite foods or treats

 - balancing with out-stretched arms  - climbing a tree  - splashing in the tub, puddles, lake or beach  - spinning in a dress or on playground equipment

- balancing with out-stretched arms

- climbing a tree

- splashing in the tub, puddles, lake or beach

- spinning in a dress or on playground equipment

 - running with legs in mid air  - creating art with paint or chalk  - squirting a hose for fun or at a sibling  - flying a kite

- running with legs in mid air

- creating art with paint or chalk

- squirting a hose for fun or at a sibling

- flying a kite

Not So Corporate Headshots | Around Tampa and St Petersburg

I know I've said it before but your headshot is the new handshake and first impression. Potential customers, clients or employers will see your headshot before they meet you in person. And a not so corporate headshot showcasing a little personality goes a long way.  I will meet you near your office (or any other location) and use natural light and interesting landscapes to provide you a variety of not so corporate headshots to choose from. I can work with you one on one or with your whole office. 

For the next few headshots we explored the Dali Museum area in St. Petersburg. 

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During a full family session we took a bit of time out to do not so corporate headshots of mom and dad in downtown Tampa in front of this very art work that actually happens to be a bus that kids had been painting called The Nomad Art Bus.  I loved this background so much I wish I could have my own headshot taken here!!

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Downtown Tampa | Together Exploring

This beautiful family and I took advantage of it all the wonderful things downtown Tampa has to offer one morning during our family photo shoot. This truly was an adventure family session! We began at one of the hotels and walked a handful of blocks which offered so many textures and shooting opportunities.  In downtown Tampa there are interesting walls around every corner, nearby parks, and gorgeous light. Keep on scrolling and scrolling, we had so much fun on our family photo shoot I sent them a so many images!

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St. Petersburg Smiles | Coffee Pot Bayou

For this family session we had beautiful sun and so many smiles! (Scroll and keep scrolling for so many lifestyle family pictures!) Grandparents came along and I loved including them in a few of the images. While the baby needed a bottle, Dad and older brother played a bit of Frisbee.  I'm finding more and more beautiful photography locations around St. Pete. This was at Coffee Pot Bayou - and I loved loved all the flowers!! It is so close to Tampa that I think I'm going to start bringing Tampa families over the Gandy bridge for their family photography sessions!! I've been working with this family when Tara was pregnant with her oldest son! I love watching her family expand and the boys grow like weeds!! 

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