11 Tips on How To Photograph Your Kids

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Whether it’s hearing that first cry, hearing them say “mama” for the first time, or feeling their first embrace, there’s nothing like experiencing those first moments with our children. Last week I (along with Latina Mom Bloggers) hosted a Pampers LIVE Tweet-Up at Hispanicize in Miami to celebrate those first moments and Swaddlers being available to size 6. Ten wonderful bloggers and moms joined us! It was a lovely event with lots of personalized sweet touches.

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As the bloggers walked in, they were greeted by balloons that each had a picture of one of their little ones.

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And, each blogger left with a sweet surprise. A beautiful photo book filled with pictures of their babies.

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There were lots of smiles and even a few tears when these were opened up!

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As a Pampers Baby Board Ambassador, I also shared tips on how to photograph kids that I wanted to share with you today!

11 Tips on How To Photograph Your Kids

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1. Jot down a list of photos you want to take. Think through any potential obstacles. This is helpful so that you don’t forget to take any important pictures (i.e. picture with grandma, etc).

2. Whether it’s through their clothing or how they act, let your child’s true personality shine.

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3. Take the posed pictures first. This way you get all of those must-have pictures out of the way and can relax.

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4. Take lots of candid pictures! These are the best kind of shots and really tell the story of the moment and who your kids really are. These are the pictures that will bring back memories when you look at them years down the road.

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5. Zoom in to capture the small details. Their tiny toes and hand and facial features.

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6. Zoom out to capture how tiny they are when compared to the rest of the world.

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7. Use props (think flowers, toys, food – anything that will photograph well and your child will love) to keep kids entertained during a photo shoot. I get a little area ready with props and things I know that Amelia will love and only sit her in it when it’s completely ready.

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8. Capture all of the moments – good, bad, and every day. Don’t just focus on the times when your child is happy. Snap shots of them crying or pouting. Take the camera to the grocery store or out to Sunday breakfast. You will want to remember these moments too!

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9. Photograph the things around them. What do your kids love? Do they have a favorite book or stuffed animal?

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10. Change your point of view. Snap pictures from below, the side and above – not just straight on – to get the most interesting shots.

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11. Step out from behind the camera. Yes, we all have days that we feel frumpy or not great about ourselves, but you know what? Your kids don’t care. They love you and they (and you) deserve to have pictures of your lives together.

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For the third year in a row, P&G showcased its trusted brands at Hispaniciz and hosted The Living Fabulosa lounge where various single brands including Olay, COVERGIRL, Pantene, Pampers, Gain and Crest, did a variety of fun events to help each Latina live fabulosa in her own way.

Pampers understands there is nothing more joyful or rewarding than the precious first-time moments shared by little ones and their families. In fact, as the #1 choice of hospitals in North America, Pampers Swaddlers are the first diaper worn by millions of babies, helping to comfort and protect little ones through their journey of firsts.

Check out the Pampers Firsts Video!

Happy New Year! What are your family resolutions for 2013? #greatstarts #photoaday

As we say goodbye to 2012 and ring in the new year, many of us are busy making resolutions. This January, instead of making a list of your own resolutions, how about making it a family activity? We typically do this every year – we make our own individual resolutions and family resolutions. We’re still working on our list, but so far we have the following:

1. Have a family game or movie night once per week.
2. Do more outdoor family activities – especially during the Winter.
3. Try out one new recipe per week.

In the spirit of our resolutions, we decided to start out 2013 with a bang! We spent New Year’s Eve celebrating together as a family.

 

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We made a big pot of chili (a new recipe we’d never tried before), ate a big bowl by the fireplace and then turned on the Xbox Kinect for a Jolly Family Showdown! We played sports, danced, and pretty much just goofed off for a couple of hours – it was a blast! Then, we headed outside for s’mores on the fire pit and firecrackers.

 

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We came inside just in time to pop open some sparkling apple cider and watch the ball drop. It was a perfect night!

 

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Throughout the month of January, I’ll be participating in a fun Photo a Day Challenge  with Kellogg’s where I’ll be posting a photo each day according to the day’s theme – each picked to serve as daily reminders for the potential that can be found in every day. Today’s picture – Unlocking Potential…

 

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I’d love for you to join me! See below for the daily themes…

 

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Follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook so we can share our Great Starts Photo a Day pictures with one another – can’t wait to see yours!

 

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Creating Pinnable Pics: 10 Ways to Improve Your Photography

We are a very visual generation. We like looking at pretty things, which is why Pinterest is such a huge hit right now. I don’t know about you, but I am seriously addicted to pinning things LOL. Photography is hugely important if you’re interested in taking your blog to the next level. Taking good pictures for your blog will help grow your readership and even catch the eye of brands who will want to work with you. I am in no way a professional photographer or can even claim to fully know my way around my Canon DSLR camera. However, over the years I’ve managed to pick up some tricks that have greatly improved my photography. That’s what Stacie, Felicia, and I are sharing at Reviewer’s Retreat this weekend and with you today — Creating Pinnable Pics: 10 Ways to Improved Your Photography.

Photography Tips from #Blissdom & Me Ra Koh

I am back from Blissdom 2012 and let me tell you — it was without a doubt the best conference I have ever been to. The positive energy that radiated from everyone from the speakers to the community leaders to the attendees was infectious.

 

 

The sessions were amazing and I have to tell you that I was a bit star-struck when I saw that Me Ra Koh — one of the most fabulous photographers in the country was speaking at two different sessions –Shoot Like a Woman Pt.1 and Pt. 2. She is not only an amazing photographer, but a true inspiration. 

 

 

Today, I thought I’d share with you some of the tips that she shared with us during the conference.

  • Turn your flash OFF and shoot where the natural light is the best.
  • Turn off all the lights and allow the natural light from a window to shine through. Open the front door if you have to.
  • Use the center focus option on your dslr camera.
  • Instead of shooting at the park on the green grass, shoot where there is concrete. The concrete bounces the light back whereas the grass sucks the light away.
  • “You have to be willing to miss shots, to get the great shots.” — Me Ra Koh
  • As with many things in life, less is more when it comes to photography.
  • When deciding what to wear to a photography shoot, choose something that YOU feel fabulous wearing and that makes you feel beautiful and then have the family wear something that complements you.
  • When photographing kids, set a timer and let them know that when the timer goes off you’ll be finished no matter what.