Some of you are probably very fortunate and have very photogenic, willing husbands, who don’t whine about having their photos taken.
I am not married to one of those men! BUT he IS a good sport whenever I do schedule family photos. He would just prefer to not be in them! Last time, he even went so far as to tell Brayden how sometimes “mommy makes us do these silly things and one day, we might be able to escape.” They are already plotting against me! They said it was “nagging”. That’s a foreign word to me! 😉
Same goes for my son, Brayden. Almost-3 going on 18, he is NOT a fan of having his photo taken. In fact, he generally runs away when he sees me with my camera. This isn’t frustrating in the least! (note my sarcasm!) He usually seems to want his photo taken when he is in his pajamas or she I am way too busy with something else (like right in the middle of cooking or something that I HAVE to finish) to even get my camera out.
I will be the first to admit that I have some learning to do when it comes to posing people for photos, but the best advice I can give you for photographing your kids? Get them in their element.
Posed photos are definitely keepsakes, and we have had our share of photo sessions with our kids. But some of my favorite photos of my kids are of them just being them. Not looking at the camera, interacting with the world around them- THOSE are the memories I want to treasure. Some of those photos might be blurry (I am pretty forgetful about the actual camera settings when I am just trying to hurry-and-get-the-picture-they-are-looking-so-cute!) and out of focus, and that’s ok. You don’t have to expect perfection every time you get your camera out.
You are after the moment.
My unofficial challenge to you is this: don’t expect perfection, just practice! Get your men in their element! Photograph them mowing the yard, fixing things with their little shadows in the backgrounds, and playing to their hearts delight. You might be surprised to see some perfection in any of these!
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