Saturday, January 4, 2014

Photo Challenge for Parents: 75 photo assignments to capture your little people

I was thinking about starting one of those photo a day challenges, I am after all a photographer. I looked at a few options but couldn't really decide, I didn’t want to photograph just anything. After all, I rarely even photograph my own children. That got me thinking...

Yes it's true... I am a photographer and I don’t photograph my kids all that much. I find myself in the same familiar conversation with clients.
    Them: You must have so many great photos of your kids!
    Me: I really don't photograph them very often.
    Them: Oh that can't be true!
    Me: No really, it's kinda sad.

So in an effort to be more diligent about photographing my beautiful children in our everyday life, I put together my own photo challenge.

Now I don't have 365 things for you to photograph and I don't have a specific assignment per week, this can't work that way. In order for all of us to capture these moments organically the list should be photographed as the situations present themselves. Hang your list on the fridge and maybe make a goal to photograph one or two a week. 

Not all of these will apply to everyone, but do your best to capture what does apply and feel free to add a few of your own.  And I would think that some of these will be captured more than once, so do them twice or three times... just capture it!  Don't be afraid to do a little mini series of photos.  I have a series of 8 photos of JJ putting on my Ugg boots and walking around my office, I just adore them.

I am going to make every effort to use my real camera for these, but I am sure I will have my fair share of iPhone photos as well. Be sure to back these up.  My plan at the end of 2014 is to use to make a really beautiful family yearbook.

I will be posting my photos here on the blog and on my FB page.  I think it would be nice if I put a little photo tip with each post so that everyone can learn to take fabulous photos of their kids, so keep checking back!

If anyone decides to join me I would love to see your photos on my fb page!

Here is to a 2014 filled with beautiful memories (hopefully captured on film).

So... I prepared this challenge yesterday and before I could even get it typed up and posted the first opportunity to check one off presented itself today. 

My beautifully Lillypad has the flu.  She has basically lived on me the last five days.  She won't sleep in her own bed for more than 20 minutes.  So my wonderful husband took a turn with her so I could have a little break.  She was so tired from being sick and all the coughing that she fell asleep in the funniest position!  Just LOVE her.

All Tuckered Out

So my photo tip is this- Turn OFF your flash.  There are some situations where you just can't take a photo without a flash, but for me this wasn't one of them.  There was enough light in the room to shoot without one.  Your photos will look more natural and will appear as you remember them if you turn your flash off.  A flash would have totally ruined the mood of this photo.  I would have lost all the beautiful highlights on the blanked.  The bottoms of her feet would have been the brightest thing in the photo since they were closet to the camera.  When in doubt, just turn it off.


  1. We had our baby girl in January. Love this idea. I just got my first "good" camera so the photo tip is very helpful. I’m learning how to use the different lens and settings of the camera.

  2. Many photographers were born when they started taking photos of their little ones! Just take lots and lots and you will get some great ones for sure. Also, be sure to read your manuel!