Please welcome Louise from Click Love Grow with this guest post today!
Are you Taking Photos of your Everyday Blessings?
I love taking photos. It’s my absolute happy place and I would do it for fun every day if I could. But I’m a mom, and I’m self employed, and I have a pile of washing in the laundry I could parachute off.
Over the Summer we take our cameras to the outings, the adventures and the ‘Big Events’, but the memories we capture don’t have to rely on a whole day, an expensive outing, or even co-operative children. There’s no need to interrupt the daily
flow of life to capture beautiful memories. The best moments are caught when you start to photograph life when you see it, as it happens, and at home. What’s more, this style of photography is perfect for fun wall art or storyboards.
Tell Stories with Photos!
A storyboard is a story in pictures, and every activity at home is an opportunity for a fun storyboard to frame.
Get the kids baking, and photograph the process. Take your wide shots to introduce the story and put the photos into context, and then move in close to photography the small details like licking the spoon, the stirring, the egg cracking, the messy art of a
four year old spooning chocolate batter into a patty cake, and the joy on their faces as they anticipate the end result. Photograph the cakes just out of the oven, and don’t forget the eating!
Photograph little ones playing their favorite board game, get in close and capture little fingers moving game pieces around the board. Be ready for the victory jumps when someone wins a turn, and don’t be afraid to shoot the sad face of the child who
comes last…these are the memories to be cherished in years to come.
Capture your kids on a slip n slide in the backyard, or running through a sprinkler. A fast shutter speed will ensure you capture not only the action and their fantastic expressions of fun, but also the tiny droplets of water flying through the air make for
Then there’s the beautiful quiet moments. Children having quiet time watching a movie together, or reading a book in a hammock is a perfect time to sneak up and photograph those peaceful moments and produce beautiful soft portraits.
Look for Beauty
Think outside the square when taking photos to frame. Portraits don’t have to be your loved one’s face in order to evoke memories in years to come. Think about photographing your child’s little hand clutching the teddy that has been their constant
companion their whole life, or their feet encased in their well worn favorite shoes you can’t get them to part with.
Don’t Forget the Technical!
If you only plan one thing, plan for the activities to take place in an area with good natural light. In the midst of the fun, try to pay attention to your shutter speeds – you need to consider throughout the activity whether you want to freeze or capture the
Finding Extraordinary in the Ordinary
One of my favorite things to do is wander around my garden looking for anything that will look pretty in the right light. It doesn’t have to be a perfect flower in full bloom. Even a weed or a dying bloom can look beautiful in the right light – don’t look at the overall, look at the interesting shapes and textures, look for repetition such as a sea of buttercups or a long line of aggies.
If you have a macro lens or macro filters, the opportunities for abstract in your own backyard are endless. Anything can make a great abstract shot – a weathered timber fence, a rusted gate latch, a blade of grass with a dew drop hanging from it.
Documenting our every day blessings in this way is fantastic for creating family blog posts, memory filled photo books, scrapbooking, and framed storyboards.
Any moment can be captured in creative ways to document the activity, details, stories and moments of our lives!
Master your Camera
If you love photography and would love to finally master the settings on your camera and start taking images you love, check out Louise’s Online Photography Courses for Women. They’re flexible, online courses that begin next week and include hands on
practical challenges and one-on-one feedback!
This post has been underwritten by Louise’s Online Photography Course. If you are interested in learning more about photographing your everyday blessings make sure sure check out the classes that are available!