Month: August 2015

Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday

Ok, it’s a bit of a funny one for this week’s Flashback Friday, because the photos were actually taken today.  But wait, I’m not really cheating I swear!

See, I’ve been taking Rhys and Nerys to Holibods sessions this summer.  We’ve had a great time, and I’ve loved watching Nerys’ confidence grow in that short time too.  She didn’t want to leave today, and kept hiding in the Wendy house!

What I’ve really loved though, is seeing Rhys back there as a real ‘big kid’, because I used to take him to sessions when he was just a few months old.  So, it’s been a real mixture of new experiences and flashbacks of old ones.  See what I did there?!  I told you this was still a kind of flashback post!

Today was the last session of the summer and most likely the last time Rhys will come to this sort of activity with us, seeing as he starts reception next week (sob!), so I’m really pleased I got these photos of him having so much fun!

If you’ve never heard of Holibods you should go and check them out, they offer various different sessions now and are great fun.  Nerys and I are booking in for the artibods sensory fun sessions next term, I think she’ll absolutely love it!

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Photography tip of the week – remember the details

Photography tip of the week – remember the details

I absolutely love lifestyle photography, mainly because it captures personality and your life as it is right now, which is so much better than a studio photo session (in my opinion!).

So I say don’t try and recreate a studio environment in your home.  There are some times when it’s nice to tidy up a bit, and have a clear background for your photos but for the most part I say leave your environment as it is.  Embrace those details that reflect your life as it really is.

Think about it, when you look back at photos from your childhood, don’t you just love pointing out the little details in the background?  Those little details are what will make your photos mean so much more to you in the future.

Don’t stop with leaving the details in the background though.  Make them the focus of some of your shots.  They’ll be a great addition to your collection of photos of your family and will really bring back memories of who your children are at this moment in time.

This week’s photography tip of the week – remember the details!

Get in close and focus on those little details that sum up your child’s interests and personality.  Like this photo above of Rhys playing with his Peppa Pig and Angry birds figures.
Focusing on the details in your photos is a great way to capture your children when they’re working on, or mastering a new skill.  Like little hands practising writing letters, or little feet in their first pair of proper shoes after learning to walk.
This tip also ties in with one of the first tips I wrote about – your photos don’t always have to include faces!  Don’t worry about getting the whole of your child in the photo, get in close (switch your camera to macro mode if you want to get in REALLY close), and focus on those details that will otherwise fade away in your memory over time.

What details do you want to remember about your children as they are right now?  The wellies that they’ve insisted on wearing all summer?  The teddy they can’t sleep without?  The way their tiny fingers carefully pick up finger foods at dinner time?

Whatever it is, go take some photos of it, then please come and share them with me on my Facebook page!

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Beloved playbreak

Beloved playbreak

I wrote a few weeks ago about the play break challenges that are being set each week at the moment in the Beloved community.  This week’s challenge was to act as if my digital camera was actually a film camera, and to only shoot one roll of film.  So I needed to choose a special place or situation to take pictures of, and stop shooting once I’d taken 24 photos.

I decided to capture a quiet, rainy day at home.  These kind of ‘nothing’ days often end up being some of my favourite days.  And these are the moments I want to remember with my children.  Nothing posed, nothing out of the ordinary going on, just a lovely normal day.  Perfect!

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Flashback Friday

This week’s flashback Friday photo is from 3 years ago, when we decided we would brave taking Rhys on a plane to Marrakech when he was about 15 months old!

He actually coped really well with the flights and we had a fab time, spending most of our days splashing around in the pool.  I love having photos like this from our holiday to look back on; one look and I can feel the glorious sunshine and smell the rosemary that was planted all around the site.

It’s amazing how photos can instantly take you back to a moment in time.

Memories tend to fade over time.  Photos though, they’re always there to give you a doorway straight back to that moment.

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Photography tip of the week – Use leading lines

Photography tip of the week – Use leading lines

I’m diving in a bit deeper with this week’s photography tip.  If you’ve been reading the rest of my tips you should be finding that the photos you take of your family are already starting to look much better, more interesting and a bit less ‘snapshot-y’.

This week’s tip will help push you even further in the right direction as it’s all about one of the main rules of good photo composition.

Photography tip of the week – use leading lines.

Leading lines are basically elements of your photo that ‘lead’ your eye to the main subject of the image.

In the photo above, the ropes that Rhys are holding onto are the leading lines.  They draw your attention in from the edges of the photo and straight to him at the centre.

In the photo above the lines are a little more obvious, as they are actual lines on the bench.  By taking the photo at this angle (so the bench is on a diagonal rather that straight on to the camera) the lines pull your attention in towards the subject (my gorgeous niece!).
You can see the same thing in this photo.  The metal fence is on a slight diagonal, which leads your eye to the children, and the vertical posts on the fence also help to move your eye up towards their hands, where the action is!

Once you start taking a little bit more time to compose and frame your photos you’ll find that they start to look so much better.  Looking for ways to use leading lines in your photos of your family is a great place to begin.

I’d love to see what photos you take using this tip – please do come and share them with me on my Facebook page!

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Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday

This week for my Flashback Friday photo I’m sharing one of my all-time favourite pictures.  This was taken back in August 2012 on the beach in Llangennith, and I still absolutely love it!
If you’d like to see more photos from this maternity portrait session, taken at Llangennith beach, Gower then you can see them here.
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Photography tip of the week – change your perspective

Photography tip of the week – change your perspective

Do you take a lot of photos of your friends and family, but find they all sort of look the same?

It could be because you always take them from the same angle.  Most of the time we simply raise the camera to our eye level and snap a shot (which is absolutely fine, you can get some great pictures that way!)

But my photography tip of the week to help you get much more variety and interest in your photos is:

Change your perspective!

When you take the time to think about your photos and what sort of image you want to create, things start to get more interesting!  So here are some ideas for changing up your perspective when taking photos of your family.
1) Shoot straight on

This is the shot that most of us opt for, and it’s a classic for a reason.  This is the way we tend to view our loved ones most of the time, so it’s a viewpoint that is familiar and results in photos that seem true-to-life to us, and you can still get variety in photos taken from this angle by changing the position of your subject in the frame.

2) Get down low

You can start to make your photos much more interesting by getting down low and pointing your camera up at your subject.  If you’re taking photos of your child, shooting them from below will make them appear bigger, which in turn gives an impression of importance, so this can be a great technique to use if you want to capture milestones like when they take their first steps, or the first time they tackle a new part of the climbing frame at the park.

3) Take a birds eye view.

You might decide that, rather than make your child look bigger, you want to emphasize how small they are.  You can do this by standing over them and taking the photo from above.

This is also a great way to include more of the environment in the photo – say your child has built an amazing train track and is sat in amongst it, playing.  If you can get as high as possibly above them, maybe by standing on a chair, then you can get a great photo of them and their activity!

A little challenge!

If you fancy putting these ideas into practice then, when your child is engaged in an activity, or your baby is happily lying down, spend 5 minutes with your camera, walking around them, crouching down and stretching up high and see how many different photos you can take of them, from all sorts of different angles.

I’d love to see what you come up with , so please do share your photos with me on my Facebook page!

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