4 Tips for Photographing Your Furry Friends

4 Tips for Photographing Your Furry Friends

We spend a lot of time discussing how to best take photos of your kids, but what about the other members of your family? Your pets, fur babies, critters, four-legged friends? Photographing animals is very similar to photographing children. They’re unpredictable, move fast and are easiest to photograph if you plan around their routine; however, today we’ll discuss a few tips we’ve discovered that will make photographing your furry friends even easier. 

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How to Get Your Toddler to Sit Still and Look at the Camera!

How to Get Your Toddler to Sit Still and Look at the Camera

Do you have an adorable toddler you’d love to photograph, but who keeps running away from you every time you pull out your camera? You’re not alone!

Toddlers are some of our favorite groups of people to photograph. These tiny humans are so cute and always seem to be doing something worthy of being captured on “film.” Unfortunately, these brilliant people have a nasty reputation of running away when they see a camera, or jumping up from their seat just as you’ve asked them to sit down, or looking anywhere BUT into the camera when you’re most ready to click the shutter.

Today’s tips may not prevent your child from running away at the sight of a camera, but with any luck, they may just stay still long enough to capture a smile. Without further ado, we present to you our top five tips for getting your toddler to sit still and look at the camera. 

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4 Reasons to Practice Still Life Photography

4 Reasons to Practice Still Life Photography

Many of us spend any free time we have chasing our little ones with a camera. Unfortunately, if you’re anything like us, your muse has told you on more than one occasion to put the camera away. So, what’s a mom to do when she wants so much to practice her photography skills, but her kids don’t want to participate? We suggest developing your skills through still life photography. Today we’ll discuss four reasons it’ll help you not only take better photos of your children, but also to become a better photographer. 

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How to Anticipate the Moment

How to Anticipate the Moment

What if you were able to predict the future? More specifically, what if you were able to predict the exact moment when your children moved with delight into the most perfect afternoon light to converge into that awesome moment when you were strategically ready with your camera? Not only would you be a better photographer, but you’d be a photography samurai (or something like that).  

In all seriousness, if you really think about it, photography has so much to do with your ability to combine light, movement, expressions and movement into the perfect photographic moment. Unfortunately, anticipating that moment doesn’t always come naturally. With that in mind, today we’ll discuss how to better anticipate the moment. 

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Do’s & Don’ts for Capturing a Natural Smile

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Capturing a natural smile should be easy, but it’s often one of the most difficult tasks asked of a photographer. For whatever reason, people (children and adults alike) tend to grimace or give a forced expression when asked to smile for the camera. We won’t get into the how or why this happens, but today we will offer a few do’s and don’ts for capturing a natural smile from children. 

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Framing Your Shots to Maximize Impact

Framing Your Shots to maximize impact

We often say that our favorite images are “frame-worthy.” Framing is our way of displaying moments in our lives and letting the world know that a particular picture is worth the attention. However, do you ever stop to consider how “framing” your shots in camera can maximize the impact a photo has long before it ever hits a physical frame? Today, we discuss the benefits and types of framing as a compositional technique. 

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Easy Ways to Capture Candid Moments of Your Kids

Easy Ways to Capture Candid Moments of Your Kids

If you’re anything like us, one of the biggest reasons we got into photography was so that we could capture beautiful candid moments of our children. Sure, it’s nice to have portrait quality images hanging on the wall. And, we’re not above hiring a professional in the fall for our annual family Christmas card shot, but it’s those everyday moments that preserve our finest memories. It’s those candid moments of our little families that will allow us to step back in times years from now and remember all of those precious memories.

With that in mind, today we’re going to discuss some easy ways to capture candid moments of your kids.

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How to Use Leading Lines

Leading Lines

Great photography has less to do with the camera you’re using, and more to do with how the photographer applies photography basics to achieve a beautiful image. One of the easiest, but often overlooked compositional tools in your photography arsenal is the use of “leading lines.” We introduced this concept in 7 Basic Photography Rules. Today, we dive a bit deeper into how to use leading lines to improve your photos. 

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How to Use Negative Space

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Negative space, or “white space,” is the area between or around the main subject of a photo. It is often used to draw your eye towards the key elements of a composition, and when used effectively, it can turn a snapshot into a masterpiece. 

Unfortunately, it’s one of those photography “rules” that is often misunderstood. So, today we’re going to dive a little deeper into how to use negative space to transform your images. 

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6 Steps to Great Self Portraits

6 Steps to Great Self Portraits

If you consider yourself a “mom with a camera,” then you’ve probably grown quite comfortable with being BEHIND the camera. However, that also means that there are very few photos of you with your kids.

This year, we want to change that. In fact, Daily Mom challenges you to get IN FRONT of the camera with your kids on a more consistent basis (weekly, monthly, etc). Today, we’ll give you the basics of getting started in self-portraiture and how to incorporate these steps with your children.

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Photo Organization 101

Photo Organization 101

2015 is officially here and it’s time to get ourselves organized. In addition to the obvious organizational tasks of cleaning out our kids’ closets or taking unused toys to your local Goodwill, we also encourage you to organize your digital photo library. 

Today we’ll walk you through the process of organizing your digital photo files. 

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8 Steps to Choosing the Right Background

  8 Steps to Choosing the Right Background

Choosing the right background can be an opportunity or a challenge for photographers. On the one hand, choosing the right background can turn a would-be “snapshot” into a beautiful portrait. It can put your subject into context and provide a beautiful backdrop by which to highlight your model. On the other hand, choosing the wrong background can distract and overwhelm your subject. Before you take another photo, here are 8 steps you should follow when choosing a background for your next photo session. 

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