Four Tips for taking Great Summertime Photographs of your Kids

Yes, I’m a photographer mama. You would think that it would be easy for me to create magical portraits of my girl.  But actually the opposite is true.  It takes conscious effort to head out with all of my (heavy) gear.  It takes planning to get little Miss P dressed in something appropriate. And it takes a lot of cheerleading to get her into a cooperative mood.  (You may remember that she started scowling at the sight of a camera earlier this year.)

With all of our dreary weather and the drama in our lives, it had been waaay too long. Sunday with its bright sunshine changed all that and we headed to the Long Walk for a mini session.  If any of you Mama’s are looking to do the same, here are a few tips that may help with the bright light.

1. Give your child something to do.  The bright sun feels wonderful, but it is awful for photographs.  Harsh shadows, squinty eyes…yuck.  If your child is doing something, it won’t matter as much if she doesn’t look into the camera, or if those shadows appear.  In fact, Little Miss P started playing with her shadow as she scooted. :)

2. Find the shade…or wear shades.  Contrary to popular belief, one of the best place for summer portraits is in a solid bit of shade. On bright days, there is usually enough reflected light for most cameras.  Just beware of dappled light. If worse comes to worst, and you can’t find shade, pop on those shades.  Instant summertime cool and no more squinty eyes.

3.  Move around your child.  You may be surprised how much the shade light will change depending on your shooting angle.  Try lots of them to find the best result.

4.  Don’t forget those details.  Lastly, what about the small things that catch your child’s attention? A bug. A flower. The dog. Try to capture the little things that make up the story of your day. They will probably make you smile when you look back…

Good luck! Have fun….



Friends and Butterflies: a Mini-Session

Our life has been full of goodbyes recently. You may remember the beautiful Sarah from a previous session earlier this year.  Sadly, she left last week to travel around Europe before heading home to Australia.

So that that they might remember each other, I did one more mini-session for Phoebe and Sarah. Butterflies, kisses, cuddles, feed and lots of jumping…and laughter. Boy did they laugh.  We miss you Sarah! Hope you find adventure and happiness…


The Olympic Torch in Windsor

Ever since I was little, I have loved the Olympics. Unfortunately, I’m not lucky enough to have tickets to any events.  But yesterday, Phoebe & I had front row seats as the torch passed through Windsor.  Our seats may have been a bit damp (thank goodness for Wellies and big umbrellas) but they were made dramatic by the weather.  We were with friends in a fantastic atmosphere…it doesn’t get any better.


Sadly yesterday was also goodbye to Sarah who has helped me to look after Phoebe for the last several months.  She off to travel the world and we wish her many fantastic adventures…We will miss you Sarah!!