Thank you for all the great comments on my last post and wonderful compliments (although I promise I wasn't going for that). I really just wanted to encourage you moms to include yourselves in the family album every once in a while.
If you're trying to think of an opportune time to get a snapshot, try a few of these times:
- Right after church or holiday program – once you've taken those killer shoes off and you're relaxed on the livingroom floor
- After work, outside in the grass (light is less harsh in the afternoon).
- The next playdate with the kids (hand your friends the camera and tell them to scoot in close).
Dropping your kids off at school (or picking them up); sit on the floor indian-style with them in your lap.
And by the way, THIS even totally counts as a picture with your kid:
You don't have to have a fancy camera. Pay more attention to the light in the room (use natural light when you can and try like heck to avoid using the flash); how much background "crap" you have in the shot (move in close), and RELAX – pictures are even better when they're NOT posed.
Here are a few links to quick articles:
All You: Take Fabulous Family Photos (and say that three times fast)
Real Simple: Take a Better Family Photo
And since I know you all will be doing the dreaded Christmas photo soon, here's an article by Me Ra Koh Photography (a very practical blog for you budding photography-moms out there): Bribing Kids for the Perfect Christmas Photo