Get gorgeous autumn photos

The tips you need to know for gorgeous autumn photos

As we headed out the front door to school yesterday morning I realised that autumn is well and truly here.

The morning light was gorgeous and lit up the trees by our house in just the right way to show off their slowly changing colours.

It’s made me quite excited to get out with my family and the camera to get some autumnal photos before the seasons change again.

If you fancy doing the same, then here are my top tips for getting beautiful autumn photos.


Make the most of golden hour

Golden hour is the hour after the sun comes up and the hour before it goes down.

The light during this hour is just beautiful.  With the sun being low in the sky, the angle of the light is lovely and flattering.  The colour of the light at this time is gorgeous too, really warm and, well, golden.

Taking photos during the golden hour in autumn is pretty magical, as the warm light really shows off the changing colours of the season.

And the great thing about this time of year is that the sun is starting to rise later and set earlier, so you don’t need to head out with the children at unreasonable hours to be able to make the most of it.


Embrace the weather

The weather in autumn can be all over the place at times, and the best thing to do is just embrace that.

Crisp, clear, sunny days are perfect for getting out at golden hour and capturing all the colours of autumn.  But don’t let autumn showers keep you from getting out and taking family photos.  You can have so much fun if you include brightly coloured umbrellas and jumping in puddles in wellies in your photos.

Grey, overcast days can also actually be great for capturing the colours of autumn, and if you dress your family in bright colours that complement the colours in nature you’ll get some gorgeous photos.


Focus on the seasonal details

Make the most of the autumnal goodness that nature provides.

Get your child to hold their collection of conkers in their hands and take a close up photo of them.  Let them grab handfuls of fallen leaves and throw them up in the air.  With a good fast shutter speed you’ll be able to freeze the action and capture them falling around your child.

You can also have fun looking for the most colourful leave you can find and getting your child to hold it up in front of them for a photo.


Take a step back too

I’m so guilty of taking lots of close up shots, and forgetting to step back now and again and photograph the whole, wide scene.

Autumn is a great time of year to do this though.

If you’re out in the woods with all the beautiful colours on the trees, then move back and let your children be small in the middle of the woodland scene.

Another fun thing to try at this time of year is to find branches that are almost bare that you can shoot through to frame photos of your children.


Capture this stage in your lives

Don’t focus completely on photos that include conkers and autumn leaves.  Think about what you like to do as a family at this time of year, and photograph that.

If your children play football then think about photographing the chilly weekend mornings from the sidelines.  If a steaming mug of hot chocolate is part of your autumn routine, then take photos of little hands wrapped round their favourite mugs.

Instead of always trying to get your children to pose for photos, let them just have fun and capture them when they’re engaged in something.


Hopefully these tips will have you eager to head outdoors with your family this autumn to get some amazing new photos.  If you are stuck indoors though, have a read of this post about how to get great photos indoors, so you can still get some pictures you’ll love!

Share photos of your children without their faces

How to share photos of your child without showing their face

If you’ve spent any time on my blog you’ll know that I do share photos of my children quite a bit.

I join in with the Living Arrows linky every week and pretty much all of the photos that I share do show my children’s faces.

A lot of people choose not to show their children’s faces online though.

I know there are a lot of concerns about it, and more people are looking for ways to share photos of their children without having to show their faces.  If this is something that’s on your mind then this post will help with a few different ideas for photos you can take of your children.


Here are some ideas for ways you can photograph your children without showing their faces, so you can feel happier sharing them online.


Get behind them

This is one of the easiest ways to get photos of your children that don’t show their faces.

Stand behind them and photograph them looking away from the camera.

This is something I do quite a lot with my children and I love how it can give a sense of seeing the world through their eyes.  It’s also a great way to get photos of them just being themselves, acting naturally rather than posing for the camera.


Get up high

Stand up above your child and point your camera down at them to take their photo.

This way you get a hint of their features without showing their whole face.

You can also get some fun shots that show your child’s personality this way if they have a particular hat they love to wear or if they like to experiment with hair accessories like Nerys!


Get down low

Another option is to get down lower and photograph your child from below.

I love this photo of Nerys on a swing because the angle gives a sense of how high she’s swinging.


Photograph over their shoulder

If your child is happily engaged in an activity then photograph them over their shoulder to capture them and what they’re up to.

This is a great way to photograph them reading a favourite book, drawing a picture or baking cakes.


Use shallow depth of field

If you can play with the settings on your camera then try using a really shallow depth of field when photographing your child.

Then you can get them to hold their hands out towards the camera and focus on them.  This way their hands will be the main feature in the photo, while their faces will be nice and blurry.

I love using this method to take photos like this one of me and Nerys holding hands while she navigates the climbing frame at the park.


Turn their heads

If you don’t want all your photos of your child to be from behind, then try capturing them side-on.  All you need to do is get them to turn their heads away from the camera.

Something as simple as ‘look at that tree’ is often enough to get them to turn their head away from you without moving their whole body.


Focus on the details

Get in close and focus on your child’s hands or feet or the pattern on their top.

I love taking photos of my children’s feet.  I can’t quite explain why, but I love how I can tell roughly how old they were when the photo was taken by the shoes and socks they’re wearing.


Literally hide their faces

If all else fails, try literally hiding your children’s faces in photos.

Get them to hold something up in front of their faces to hide their features.

You can get some gorgeous photos like this if you get them to hold up things like a small bunch of flowers.  Or you can capture their interests by getting them to show your their favourite toy, like Rhys did here with his red bird toy.


Hopefully these ideas will give you some inspiration to keep photographing your children and feel more happy sharing them online knowing that their faces can’t be seen.

Do you share photos of your children’s faces online?

If you don’t, then what approach do you normally take to keeping their faces hidden?

#ShowYouWereThere round up

Show you were there round up

It’s almost the end of the month, and it’s Sunday so that means it’s time for another round up from my little Instagram community #ShowYouWereThere.

In case you’ve not come across it before, #ShowYouWereThere is all about getting more parents in more photos, both with and for our children.


My first pick for this round up is from the lovely Alex at bump to baby.

The tones in this photo are just gorgeous and the country park looks like an amazing place to go for a walk and spend some time out in nature.



Next up is this sunny photo from Laura at dear bear and beany.

It’s such a lovely photo of Laura and her girls, and almost hard to believe it was taken so recently when it’s been so chilly and wet here this week!


My third pick this time is from Lauren at scrapbook blog.

I just love this throwback to the summer, with its camping vibes, sandals and water pistols!

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The summer seems so long ago already 🤷‍♀️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We didn't go 'away' away on a proper holiday abroad… but we still managed to pack a lot in to the school break… I am SO ready for routine, cooler weather and darker evenings though… Anyone else? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #ParentsinthePicture #Showyouwerethere #hellododo #ourcandiddays #motherhood_magic #watchthemgrow #worldoflittles #Chilledinafield #glamping #our_everyday_moments #adventuresofchildren #motherhoodsimplified #theirwonderfulworld #thehappynow #childhoodunplugged⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #outdoorsandfree #exploreoutdoors #campinglife

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My last choice for this round up is from Laura at dinky pix.

It’s another gorgeously summery photo, but with a caption that got me quite emotional with Laura writing about her son heading off to big school for the first time.

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My side kick…… Nearly 5 years ago I brought this boy in to the world during a planned home birth. It was the best thing ever and I would encourage anyone who has the ability to, to give birth in the comfort of your own home. I’ve always been more of a girlie girl, so I was at first a little panicked as to what to do with a boy!!!! I’ve enjoyed watching & encouraging him to grow & learn. Together we have taught one another so many things and had so many giggles along the way. He was the one that showed me what fun we could have with a camera! I have thoroughly enjoyed his company and I can honestly say he’s become my side kick. Gonna miss our week days together as he starts school today. Gonna miss you big guy. Can’t wait to hear all about your day at school! 💙 • • • • • #dinky1711 #backtoschool #mysidekick #myboy #myson #mumandson #norwich #norfolk #discoverunder10k #illuminatedchildhood #norwichbloggers #norfolkblogger #norfolkbloggers #mumblogger #eagrammers #familylife #daysoutwithkids #momentsofmine #everydaymoments #lovelylittlesquares #lifewellcaptured #parentsinthepicture #mummyandme #showyouwerethere #wishes_and_wanderlust #thephotographerwithin #nikon_photography #tribenorfolk #snaphappybritmums #cameramama

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Thank you so much to everyone who is using #ShowYouWereThere, I love seeing your photos popping up over on Instagram, they always make me smile so much.


Now my turn.

At the end of the summer holidays we went for a walk round Penllergare valley woods and I got Steve to take a few photos of me with the children when we stopped for a little sit down.

I love this one of the three of us giggling at who knows what, most likely Steve saying something silly from behind the camera to get us laughing!


If you’d like to join in with my little community and possibly be featured in my next round up (with a nice link back to your blog!) then just share a photo of yourself over on instagram using #ShowYouWereThere.  It’s all about getting more parents in more photos.

Take great photos of your family indoors

How to get great photos of your family indoors

This probably won’t come as a surprise to you, but I love taking photos of my family.

What I don’t always love though, is taking photos of them indoors.  Our house can be really gloomy at times, and it makes it challenging to get the kinds of photos that I have in my head.  I’ve learnt a few things though, over the years, that have really helped me get some great photos of my children inside our house.

So if you want to improve your indoor photography and get some gorgeous photos of your children without having to drag them outdoors, keep reading!


Look for the light

Photography is all about light.  And when you’re taking photos indoors it can be harder to find good light than when you’re outside, surrounded by natural sunlight.

If you’re serious about taking pictures in your home, then it’s really worth taking some time to look for the light.

Grab a notebook and walk round your home at different times of the day.  Make a note of what time of the day the light is best in each room.  You might find that your bedroom is full of beautiful morning light, while your kitchen is flooded with warm, evening light.

Once you know where the light is in your home, you can set up photo opportunities with your children in the spots with the best light, depending on what time of day it is.


Play with the light

Once you’ve found the light, you can start to play around with it.

For beautifully lit portraits you can position your children in front of a big window, looking out.


Or you can get some gorgeously hazy images by backlighting them.


Go for black and white

Sometimes, no matter where you look in your home, there’s just not quite enough light.

When this happens your best bet is to push the ISO up on your camera, and accept that your images will be a bit noisy.  What I find works well for these kinds of photos is to convert them to black and white.

Monochrome images just tend to look better with the grain than colour images!


Use flash if you need to

I really love natural light, and will try to use it in my photos as much as I possibly can.

Sometimes though, I have to make my peace with using my flash.

If you know you’ll need a flash for your photos quite a bit, then it’s worth investing in a speedlight that you can swivel round.  This way you can bounce the light off the ceiling, or the walls, which produces much nicer results than when the flash is pointed straight at your subject.


Get in close to cut out the clutter

Another issue I sometimes have with taking photos of my family in our home is all the ‘stuff’ everywhere.

We are definitely not a minimalist family, and I don’t always want my photos to be cluttered with that stuff.

One way round this is to get in close and fill the frame with what I DO want to be in the photo – my children.  This might be their faces, or it might be focusing in on their hands playing with toys, or their grubby knees at the end of a long day.

On the other hand, embrace the clutter

Sometimes though, I like to include the clutter and the stuff in my photos.

I think we’re in danger of editing our lives so much in our pictures that we lose something in the end result.  There is something about the bits and pieces in the background of photos that takes you right back to when they were taken.

The books that are on the shelves, the mug you always drank from on the coffee table, all the baby paraphernalia that you’ve long passed on to friends.

Don’t be in too much of a hurry to delete it all.

Embrace the clutter and the stuff that will tell so much of the story of your family life right now when you look at it in the future.

Play with your angles

If you feel like all the photos you take of your family at home end up looking the same, then mix things up with different angles and perspectives.

Get down low, get up high, move around.

Step to the edge of the room for a wide shot, and then zoom in close to get the details.

Get in the frame

To really get great photos of your family, you need to be in them too.

Set everyone else up in the lovely light that you’ve found, put your camera on a timer or use a remote trigger, and then get in the photo with them.


Hopefully these tips will help you get some gorgeous photos of your family in your home.

What tip are you going to try first?

Preserve your summer memories with a photobook

Preserve those precious summer family vacation memories with a photobook – Everything you need to know to create one

As summer starts to wind down and the kids prepare to head back to school, it’s only natural to look back at all the great family memories that were made this year. Summer is typically that time of year where families escape on a holiday, if only for a couple of days, giving everyone a chance to enjoy the great weather, fresh air, and share some special times together. 

With that said there’s also no doubt that you snapped quite a few photos over the course of the summer holidays. So what happens with all of those photos? Sure you can keep them on your phone or send them to the Cloud, but you’re taking your chances there as there are no guarantees your digital files will remain safe. Not only that but it’s hard to enjoy them when they’re stuck on your phone. This is exactly why photobooks are such a fabulous and popular idea.


Photobooks allow you to pick and choose all your best memories, moments, and photos from the summer holidays and make them into a lovely and permanent picture book that everyone can enjoy. If this sounds like a project you’d be interested in but don’t know where to get started, then this guide to photobooks is a must-read.


Choose a theme

Typically the best place to start is to choose a theme for your book. Sure you can go ahead and fill it with random photos, but it just won’t feel as cohesive and complete. Instead, choose one theme, idea, trip, memory, and build the book around it. If you packed a lot into this summer, then it may be necessary to make a number of photobooks and start your own library of memories.


Decide what type of book you’d like

The next step is to think about the actual book, meaning the physicality of the book. What kind would like you? Do you want a softcover or hardcover, how large should the book be, what kind of binding do you want, what about the material used, how about the colour and finish? Then again, maybe you aren’t really particular about the details, which means you’ve got a lot more options available to you.


Use a comparison tool

Another great tip is to use a comparison tool to help you choose the best photo book provider out there. Take for example this website, which provides people with photo book reviews, detailed descriptions of the various photo books, the features and tools offered, a listing of all the big brands out there, and even access to a photo book voucher code, which can save you money. 

Photo Book Deals does more than just look at the surface, it goes into detail on everything you need to know about creating your own photo book.


Start to go through your photos

This step is the one that will end up taking you the longest time, but you want to be sure you have a chance to go through all your photos first before you start to create your book. If you’re finding it hard to narrow down the photos, try using three categories – yes, no, and maybe – you can then dwindle your list down from there.

Try to keep your main photo book theme in mind as you go through the photos, as this will also help you in the selection process. If it doesn’t fit the theme, then it is an automatic no. Keep in mind there’s nothing to stop you from creating additional photobooks, so there’s no need to feel restricted in the number of pictures you choose.


Be picky about the photo quality

As you browse through your photos, it’s also important to think about the photo quality and how that particular image would look blown up and in a photo book. The image should be sharp and clear, but also visually intriguing. 


Give thought to the layout

Next comes the actual layout, where again you want to take your time and really think things through. Just like with any book, a photobook should tell a story so there should be an order in which the images are presented. In terms of your summer family vacation, it makes sense to go in the order of the events that took place rather than skipping around from day-to-day. This will help the book to have flow and feel cohesive.

It’s also a good idea to be a little bit creative where the actual layout is concerned, not using images that are the same size each time, and using features like a bleed or border.


A lovely memento from summer holidays

So before you start to feel too nostalgic about the many memories that have occurred over summer holidays, go ahead and create a lovely photo book for all to enjoy all year-round.

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#ShowYouWereThere round up

Show you were there round up

It’s almost the end of the month, and it’s Sunday so that means it’s time for another round up from my little Instagram community #ShowYouWereThere.

In case you’ve not come across it before, #ShowYouWereThere is all about getting more parents in more photos, both with and for our children.


My first pick for this round up is from Lucy at Mrs H’s favourite things.

I absolutely love the joy in these photos, and am so happy for Lucy to have these of her with her two children when it’s something that doesn’t happy all that often!

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*RARE* ________ It is so rare for me to be in a photograph with both my children. Let alone 3 photos. I love these photos because we are all so happy. It comes from having a lovely day in the sunshine and shouting the word "macarena" at the top of our voices. ________ It has been a great weekend. Yesterday was a rare productive day. We managed to deep clean and tidy most of our house. It is so nice to be starting the summer holidays with a pristine house. ________ And today we've had a lovely family day. We visited the @nationaltrust property Smallhythe Place. We had a picnic, played croquet, danced the Macarena and ate ice cream. ________ It has been a perfect weekend. ________ #ig_bbcc #ukparentbloggers #beinthepicture #thisparentlife #mama_pals #uniteinmotherhood #honestmotherhood #ohmama #ohmamamoment #oureverydaylife #rememberingthesedays #capturingthemoment #capturingtheday #lifecloseup #mamabear #nothingisordinary #littlestoriesofmylife #acupofmotherhood #motherhoodthroughig #ponderingparenthood #lovelifeoutside #highlightsofhappy #liveinbrightcolour #myhappycapture #themagicineveryday #snaphappybritmums #showyouwerethere #ourweekendhappy #joyfulmama #ohmama

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Next up is this brilliant family photo from Vicky at Team Triffic.

I just love all the different expressions on their faces, especially the very serious look her daughter is going for!


My third pick this time is from Leah at Home Family Life.

There were 2 lovely photos I was trying to choose between from Leah, and I hope she doesn’t mind that I picked this one which isn’t as polished as the other one.  This photo is just perfect to me.

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No make up, comfy clothes, hair needs some serious attention and I feel as tired as I look. But do you know what I don’t care, I’m out with my boys having fun and making memories. . . . I was solo with them today as Keith was working an extra shift, so we headed to the @ncmme_miningmuseum We didn’t see much of the museum, but did enjoy the little train, outdoor play area, seeing the horses and the nature trail. And for only £5 per car it’s a very affordable day out. If I’d had the energy there was more we could have seen and done. . . . . Linking up with @andbreathe_challenges for her July challenge #julyideasandinspo for cheap days out. And linking up with @themrsproject for #getintheframemama . . . Photo edited with @littlepaperswanpresets Spring Pastels

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My last choice for this round up is from Wendy at Naptime Natter.

It’s just such a gorgeous photo of her with her beautiful Tilly.

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My beautiful Tilly Mae turned one whole week old today.💕 It's been an exhausting but wonderful week. Here's a little update of what the first week with a new baby has been like for us.. We are co sleeping as it is the only way i get to have any sleep! I love waking up to Tillys gorgeous face every morning and I can't be bothered to try and get her in her bed – she hates it! Having a few teething problems with breastfeeding. Tilly has a good latch but I've somehow managed to get a blocked milk duct and oh my god the pain! Feeding through it but I won't pretend it's easy, I'm in a lot of pain and my boobs just seem to be constantly leaking and engorged – bras are not my friend right now! As far as postpartum recovery is concerned, I'm doing well. The cowboy walk appears to have eased and I'm walking almost like a normal person now! My belly feels like a wrinkly half deflated balloon and is still quite tender after labour. I did manage to pick Alex up for the first time today though so there's still a core somewhere in there. After 9 months of no periods I am not exactly loving wearing maternity pads the size of pillows but I know the bleeding doesn't last forever. On the whole though I am feeling good, although still a little bit run overy 😅. I had been worrying about how I would feel mentally after baby arrived but I am pleased to report I am feeling really well. I don't feel anxious, I've cried a bit but totally hormone related and I'm not constantly worrying that Tilly is going to stop breathing (something I obsessed about with Alex). I am feeling so full of love and so happy. Oli is takong amazing care of the house, the boys and me so I am feeling very relaxed. I know it's only early days but, so far, I'm feeling well and hopeful a pnd storm isn't waiting for me. So that's been week one with a newborn. It has been tiring, wonderful, hard, amazing, exhausting and magical. 💕💕💕 #newmum #newborn #newbornbaby #ig_motherhood #honestmothering #coolmumclub #showyouwerethere #myhappycapture #mydarlingmemory #rememberingthesedays #myeverydaymagic #littlestoriesofmylife #snaphappybritmums #emmasdiary #postpartum #thefourthtrimester

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Thank you so much to everyone who is using #ShowYouWereThere, I love seeing your photos popping up over on Instagram, they always make me smile so much.


Now my turn.

A few weeks ago we went for our standard walk/play on the beach at Swansea bay.  I asked Steve to take a few photos of me and this one is one of my favourites.

I think I’m laughing at the children playing behind the camera, but honestly I could just be laughing at Steve telling me to pretend to be laughing at the children playing behind the camera.

Either way, the smile is genuine and I love it!


If you’d like to join in with my little community and possibly be featured in my next round up (with a nice link back to your blog!) then just share a photo of yourself over on instagram using #ShowYouWereThere.  It’s all about getting more parents in more photos.

How to photograph everyday family life

How to photograph your everyday life

I love a nice photo of my children smiling at the camera as much as the next person.

But what I love even more, are the perfectly imperfect photos of our everyday life.  The photos that capture what our life looks like, right now.  The photos that hold all those little details that take me back to that moment in time when I look back at them.

If you’d like to photograph more of your everyday family life, but aren’t sure where to start or how to go about it then these tips will help you get going.


Have your camera on hand

This is something that my mum said to me when I first had my son and it’s advice I still keep in mind today.

You never know when something is going to happen with your family that you’ll want to photograph, so keep your camera out and on hand as much as you can.  So when those moments arrive you can grab your camera and capture it.


Watch for the moments that make you feel something

Think about the things you’ll miss about this stage of life when it’s gone and aim to capture photographs that show these things.

Look for the moments with your children that show you more than just what they look like.  Record the peaceful moment they fall asleep in your partner’s arms.  Capture their little feet dangling at the edge of the chair, nowhere near reaching the floor yet.  Photograph them with their favourite cuddly toy that they sleep with every single night.


Be patient

Wait for the moment to happen.

You can step up activities for your children, like if you want to photograph them playing with their favourite lego set, but you’ll still need to be patient and wait for the perfect moment to take the photo.


Think about your composition

Take some time to think about the composition of your photos.

Don’t always keep the main subject of your photo in the middle of the frame.  The rule of thirds is a great rule to keep in mind to create more interesting photos.  This is basically where you imagine your frame being divided into a grid of 9 rectangles.  You want to place your subject on one of the gridlines, which will be a third of the way into the image.

Another tip with this, if you’re using it with photos of your child, is to make sure they’re moving into the image, rather than heading out of it.

You can also create great photos of your everyday life by thinking about layers.

Some images are best kept clean and clear of too many distractions, but others work really well if you have interesting elements in the foreground, the middle and the background.

If you’re capturing your children at home playing, then you might have toys on the floor in the foreground, a child playing in the middle, and an overflowing bookcase in the background.  All these different elements add so much interest to the photo, as well as holding so many memories to discover in the future.


Think about the details

The details are so often my favourite things to capture.

Close up photos of teeny baby fingers and toes.  The curls that appear in my daughter’s hair when she’s been out in the rain.  Grubby hands and filthy fingernails after a day playing and learning in the dell at school.

These are the details that will fade over time, and they are so special if you can capture them in a photograph.


Think in stories

You can’t always capture what’s happening in a single photo.  That one picture won’t tell the whole story of what your child is up to.

Sometimes it’s worth thinking about taking a series of photos, almost like a personal photo essay.

So if you want to capture your child painting a picture, you could take a wide shot of the whole scene.  Then close ups of their hand holding the paintbrush and the look of concentration on their face.  You could get up high and take a photo from above showing them working on their masterpiece.  Then finally you can photograph the finished artwork.

The key here is to move around.  Zoom in and out.  Mix up your angles and your composition to get different photos to tell the whole story.


Have fun

Get to know your camera, and then start having fun with different settings.

If your child likes to spin around so their dress flies out, use a fast shutter speed to freeze the action, then change to a slower shutter speed to get some fun motion blur.

Have fun playing with focus points in your images and change the depth of field to put the attention on different things.

I love to use a shallow depth of field and focus my camera on my children’s hands when they’re playing or drawing.  This puts the focus on what it is they’re doing in that moment, while still showing some of their features and expressions.


I’ll just leave you with one more bit of advice for photographing your everyday life – make sure you’re in some of those photos too.

I’ve said it so many times before, but you need to make sure you exist in your photos.  I feel so strongly about it that I started a little community over on Instagram with #ShowYouWereThere.  It’s all about getting more parents in more photos, and I’d love to see more and more people joining in with it!


Which of these tips will you be putting into action?

What story about your life right now do you want to take the time to capture in photographs?



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