Silhouette Pictures

Fun at Sunset: silhouette pictures

Sunday afternoon. We did a test drive to the train station.  My husband is working 2 hours away this year, which makes things extra challenging here at home. He won't be able to come home every day, and there will be some weeks that he won't come home at all. I feel sad this week as the reality of what it means sets in.  What surprised me is how the children reacted.  My husband has worked very long hours for many years and my kids … [Read more...]

Photography: Sparkler Words & Shapes

Photographing sparkler words can be a fun way to celebrate New Year's Eve or the night of the New Year. 2014 is here!  Below are some tips on how to photograph sparklers shapes and words with a DSLR camera. Camera Settings Capturing these photographs is surprisingly easy, you just need to find out how to control the shutter speed on your camera. (Google 'adjust shutter speed {your camera brand and type}'.  I use a Nikon D90 so the instructions … [Read more...]

Getting Kids to Smile for the Annual Christmas Photo

christmas photo ideas

I'm holding a bell up here for the kids to look at We've moved a lot as a family and have many friends and acquaintances around the country.  Each year I do an annual Christmas photograph with the kids to include in the Christmas card.  Many of our friends are not online so it's a nice way to connect.  After getting everyone ready, it can be quite a task to keep everyone clean, let alone standing still for a picture!  … [Read more...]

Favourite Photo Editing Tricks

black and white editing with picasa

I do most of my photo editing via Picasa by Google. It's free and easy to use. I've used this program for a while now, and experimented with many of the features.  I always fall back on the same two ways to edit my photos, depending on whether I want them in black and white or colour, and I'm sharing them in this tutorial. Many of the photos you see on the blog or my Facebook page, are edited using these methods. The idea is to make my … [Read more...]

Self Portrait — I See Hope

eye-land -- come see what I see

Come see what I see in Eye-Land I wear glasses of blue when I look at the world. Blue: It’s a hopeful colour. I see hope everywhere. I know there are shadows. But I still see the sun. I look for it. When the sky is grey and the wind grows cold with doubt, I tell myself: You reap what you sow; You see what you look for; Your treasure is where your heart is. Yes, still, it is there. Always. Hope. Thank you God for Hope. What do you … [Read more...]

Imaginative Play Scene — Island

Imaginative Play Scene -- Desert Island

I confessed that I don't get down and play with my kids all that often, but I do constantly facilitate and watch them play.   One of the things I enjoy to do is help set up play scenes for the children.  I was first inspired by this concept by Kate from Picklebums and I highly recommend this post from her: Imaginative Play at Home. Fostering imaginative play is important to me as it's evolving play: it starts with the building phase, then the … [Read more...]

My Daughter and I Visit the City

george square christmas tree brisbane

I have this drive to create and constantly challenge myself.  I'm bursting with ideas, and feel like I have to put them somewhere. It's a great thing but it actually hurts my head sometimes. It can lead to unproductively too, when I have so much going on in my head, I can't capitalise on anything at all. The key to combating this is twofold: 1. Realising that I can't capitalise on all the things I want to and letting go of projects that aren't … [Read more...]

Taking Photos for Father’s Day

father's day photographs -- letters on feet

A wonderful photo of your children can be just the thing for Father's Day. There are so many crafts and gifts you can make with photos. Below are 5 ways you can take photos of children for Father's Day. If you are looking for tips on getting kids to smile for the camera, read my post here: Photographing Kids -- Getting Kids to Smile for the Camera. 1. Canvas Photograph Paint hand prints on a canvas and get the child/ren to hold it for the … [Read more...]

Photographing Kids: Getting Kids to Smile for the Camera

taking photographs of kids: how to get kids to smile for the camera

I especially love taking natural and unposed photographs of my children. However, sometimes I need to get the kids smiling for the camera. For example: family shots and Christmas photos. But what is a smile? A "Say Cheese" smile is just muscles moving, but a real smile is all about emotion. And that is what I want to capture on camera. I want to capture the light behind their eyes as their face lights up. I want to … [Read more...]

Make the Most of Your Mobile Phone Camera

making the most of your mobile phone camera

It's easier than ever to capture special moments; there's a camera in almost every mobile phone these days.  I love my (proper) camera, but it's not possible to take with me everywhere so I enjoy the flexibility of having a camera with me without the need to lug around a big unit.  Taking pictures is important to me.  I love being able to capture what the kids are doing and often send pictures to my husband's phone so he … [Read more...]

Photographing Kids Tip 5: Perspective

photography and persepctive example 1

Perspective is one of my favourite tricks when it comes to photography. By changing the angle of the camera, you can bring interest,  depth and meaning to a photograph.  Below are four examples how you can use perspective to enhance photographs of your kids. Example 1: Look Down Instead of taking this photograph at eye level, I stood slightly above the girl and the focus is on her eyes. Example 2: Aerial The best way to … [Read more...]

Photographing Kids Tip 4: Setting Up a Shoot

Katherine Shultz Photography

Katherine Shultz brings immense maturity to her photographs, far beyond her 16 years. It's hard to believe someone of so little years can produce such vision through photographs.  Through some tough times, Katherine has found solace in capturing moments around her. For the fourth post in the photographing kids series, I'm thrilled to have Katherine share some of the tips she's picked up after a year of pursuing photography.  Please make her feel … [Read more...]

Photographing Kids Tip 3: The Background

bad background can ruin a photograph

When I photograph, I've learnt to look at the background as much as I do the subject.  It's a little like an orchestra: while there are focal instruments, the sound of "oneness" produced by combining many elements is what makes it so special.  I've been working on that same element of "oneness" in three parts (one step at a time Kelly).  Firstly, in my previous Photographing Kids post I talked about balance.  Secondly, I've been working on … [Read more...]

Photographing Kids Tip 2: Rule of Thirds

Photographing kids tip 2 off centre

If you're a regular at my blog you will know how much I love taking photos.  I invite you to join me on a ten part series (over 10 or so weeks)  in my quest to learn more about photographing my kids. Read Tip 1 if you missed it. Photographing Kids Tip 2: Rule of Thirds The "Rule of Thirds" is a theory of equilibrium often used in photography and art.  Whether we are aware of it or not, our eyes often look for a sense of balance in what we … [Read more...]