One of the most common things moms ask me when they see some of the portraits I have taken of my children is for tips on how to take good pictures of their kids. Photographer, author and educator Erin Manning provides her Top 3 Tips for capturing better baby photos. Erin gives you advice on setting the scene and getting close to the baby for those perfect images, as well as using a SanDisk Ultra SDHC card to make sure she never misses a shot.
I can tell you sitting on my desk right now are multiple SanDisk Ultra SDHC Memory Cards. It is truly a product I use and I mostly by the 32 GB cards because I don’t ever want to be out of room when I am shooting. These cards give me beautiful high quality images that I can easily transfer right to my computer for editing and sharing.
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Well, it was gorgeous and so mild today. At around 4pm I set off for a walk with Zazzy (Zoey). It was Zazzy’s first time around the lake and she was so good. She stayed right by me, did not wander ahead or lag behind. She kept the pace and really enjoyed herself. Jimi and the boys were working-playing outside. Jimi is building a Bulldog barrier for the porch so no more of the spindles go missing. As I explained in a prior post, my discontinued cedar porch spindles are being eaten by two very mischievous Bulldogs. In the spring we will have to make the decision to have the replacement spindles hand milled out of mahogany or replace them all with a composite vinyl spindles and railing. I am leaving those decisions for the spring and for now we will just build a barrier to prevent further damage.
It was incredibly mild, I did not even need a jacket. The lake is semi-frozen. Definitely would not be on the ice as it looks a bit thawing. I guess we are right on target for the infamous “January Thaw” my mother always spoke about. I took my camera and it was a great walk that definitely worked out my body and mind. I find walking and taking pictures so relaxing and really helps to de-stress and unwind my mind. I especially love being able to look back on various pictures at different times of the year. I love looking at my beautiful bright Peony flowers on a cold winter night, or see my kids splashing and swimming in the lake when we are blanketed in snow.
I really like that I started the new year off with a nice walk. Getting my body back to the routine of my walks felt so good. I mean walking on a treadmill is nothing to the experience of walking out in the beautiful world we live in. When I walk with my camera there is always the anticipation of what I might see and photograph. What great scene may I be able to capture? I hope you all have a wonderful new year. I pray we are all blessed with good health and great love in the new year. God Bless. Welcome 2011!!!
Well, as I type my fingers are still sticky with royal icing. I just finished assembling the cottage structure of the gingerbread house, so that tomorrow it will be nice and sturdy for little hands to decorate with a multitude of colored, sweet and tangy candies. I am not going in with expectations of a perfectly decorated gingerbread cottage that would grace the pages of “Good Housekeeping.” I am well aware that with having 1 and 3-year-old designers, perfection is not what we are going for. We will be going for perfectly imperfect. I imagine between the sugar rush and their little fingers that the finished product will be lucky to come away with all four walls and the roof still attached. I want to create the memories my children will carry with them as they grow and one day have their own families. I think those things are so much more important than material things. So late at night I fumble with the piping bags of sticky icing and mutter under my breath as it takes me a few tries to get the structure standing. Tomorrow I will be whipping up another batch of the sticky stuff to use as glue for the decorations.
Visions of chubby little hands sneaking tastes of the sticky sweet stuff and thinking that it is the greatest thing in the world to be decorating with the vast array of treats. I am sure they will be in Gum Drop Heaven, with all the colors and textures and tastes. It will be a lot of messy fun and I am looking forward to capturing their little faces on camera. Those are the memories I want to keep long after the cookie house has crumbled away. I love seeing the joy of the season through little eyes just discovering things for the first time. To see the wonder and the amazement of the season in their faces is so incredible. I am so blessed to be able to go through this again as my it just goes by in a blink as I know with my older kids. God was so great to have blessed me with the opportunity to experience it again. I am so very grateful.