Family Memories are Precious
From the very beginning, I've always been one of those moms whose had a camera in hand. From the time my children came out of the womb, I was taking every picture I could possible take. Whether it was eating at a restaurant, hiding under the kitchen table, or running around the house, I have photographed it. I'm sure there are many Mom like this; maybe even you. I literally have tons of pictures. For me, it comes in handy when they have little projects from school and they need a picture. I can go inside my picture box and let them pick out their favorite snapshot.
If you're a parent, I encourage you to look around and turn every moment into a time to photograph your kid's childhood. Whether their eating breakfast, playing a game, taking a nap or throwing snow in the front yard, every moment is special. It can be turned into a time to photograph a memory and to document the things they like to do most, their favorite face to make, or the only stuffed animal they'll want when it's bedtime.
Here are some easy ways to get started with capturing your kid's childhood.
Fall season has just started and their are several fall festival, apple and pumpkin farms opening there doors. This is a great opportunity to capture their free spirits in action. Two of my favorite local Northern Virginia farms is Cox Farms and Great Country Farms.
Arnett Farms is a great location in Los Angeles for fresh produce (Set up on Wednesday).
Underwood Family Farms is another location in the Los Angeles area great for pick your own fruits and vegetables. A few weeks ago we went a handpicked potatoes, celery, strawberries, and more.
Playing a game is the most relaxing; at least for my kids. They were thrilled if they won.
Fruit or ice cream are just two examples. The possibilities are endless. Once they get going, make sure you have the camera ready. You'll be surprised with the images you capture.
Try my family's recipe for Frozen Fruit Sherbet.
Traveling is a great opportunity to document your child's exploration of a new environment and location. We love traveling and that's a perfect moment to capture those scenic locations and beautiful smiles.
Other possibilities to photograph your children:
As a Mom, I encourage other Moms to turn every possible moment into an opportunity to photograph your children. When your children are grown, they will cherish these photographic memories. The key is just capturing your child's true emotion. Look to be a fly on the wall when photographing your child and not for it to be a "look at the camera" moment. Just have fun taking pictures of your child.
Hello, I'm Tamieka, the owner of and photographer behind Tamieka Smith Photography a Los Angeles family photographer and Northern Virginia/National Archives Promotion Ceremony photographer in Torrance, CA. I am happy you came to visit the blog! I hope you find inspiration and helpful tips. In addition, to a peek into my life as a family photographer.