My littlest baby is one. Can you guys believe that? It feels like just yesterday we delivered him without anyone's help. Time flies. In honor of my sweet Minion's big day, I'm sharing my biggest tips for capturing family photos!
Capturing Family Photos that Matter
Light it up
It can be really hard to get well-lit photos when you're dealing with varying indoor environments and kids who move non-stop. Get a Lightscoop to bounce your flash off the ceiling, and your family photos will instantly be a million times better. We take photos in all sorts of places – from the home to planes, boats, hotel rooms and amazing on-the-go spots, it's always a huge relief to know that we're prepared for whatever we may encounter. Especially with kids, the terrain and environment and atmosphere can be ever-changing and confusing. Best to be ready for anything that may come your way.
Have a camera you don't care about
It shouldn't be your main one, obviously, but there should definitely be a grab-and-go, toss-in-your-camera, point-and-shoot cheap backup camera that you can bust out for really messy situations for the most authentic family photos. The fancy camera can be reserved for portraits and tripods, but you also need one that you aren't afraid to USE. Keep it charge and ready to go at all times. We keep a charger port in the kitchen so we're ready to grab and go, just in case, no matter what situation we encounter.
Make Capturing Family Photos your Routine
It never fails: the kid starts doing something cute so you whip out your photo equipment and suddenly he goes mum. That blinking red light is fascinating. He gets all entranced and goes into full-on deer-in-headlights mode. We've solved that problem by setting up a Logi Circle, which detects movement and auto-records high-def video to a database where I can easily see highlights and download moments that matter. No more interrupting special memories. I know that they're being preserved for me. Best of all, it's totally portable so I can set this thing on any table, bed, desk or shelf throughout my entire house.
Have a Post- Family Photo Ritual
Download family photos. File them. Print them. I've shared that we have an HP Envy 5660 at home that we use for our monthly print-fests when I transfer our most important digital memories to paper.
How do you go about capturing family photos for your kids?