Taking Stock of Simple Times

Photo-A-Day #2896

When my kids get older the amount of photos that they will have of themselves is going to be staggering. When I was a kid my Dad took a ton of photos, my uncle as well but because they were using film being able to take a lot of photos and keep the best ones was virtually impossible. Lucky for me my Dad is a very good photographer and he captured special family moments all the time. I am lucky that I learned photography from him. I try to capture those simple special moments with my own family.

Here are some of my tips for capturing those special moments.

Plan For The Moment – You can’t always anticipate what your kids are going to do and when the moment will strike where the kids do something cute. You need to be prepared when the moment happens though. Preparation includes having a camera on you, being familiar with how it works and being able to take the photo when the moment happens.

You Can’t Plan – You know what happens to best laid plans of mice and men. Well, suppose you go out to the beach intent on getting those super special family photos. The family is dressed in their special outfits and you plan on taking one of those hang on the wall photos. Well, here’s what will happen. Your youngest will end up falling in the water, the oldest will chase people down with seaweed and everyone will get stressed. Photo ruined, right? Wrong. The candid moments are often those that produce the most memorable images.

Keep the Camera Rolling Even After You Get The Shot – Sometimes the best stuff happens after the camera goes off, when everyone has their guard down. Keep it rolling for a while after you get the shots you want and just let whatever happens happen.

Just Keep Shooting – The benefit that I have over my parents is that I can take unlimited photos and often the hardest thing to do is to decide which one is the best. With my kids I just keep shooting to make sure that I get the shot I want. And when I think I’ve got the shot I keep on shooting just in case.Disclosure: I am a YesVideo Ambassador. I’ve visited YesVideo and seen what they do. I’ve sent my own personal memories to YesVideo and have been very impressed with what they do. Opinions about YesVideo are 100% my own.

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