But today I had an epiphany. I have kids. I better learn.
It's so cold outside, I can't do much practicing now, but this spring I'm going to take this challenge head on. I'm really going to try to get better at it!
So this morning, with renewed determination, I pulled up a couch to face the window and gave it a whirl.
For the most part, I understand lighting. I know how to work my camera. But when it comes to posing my kids, I have a mental block.
I don't mean "posing" in a fakey way, but I think some direction is necessary, at least for my kids. :-) Unless you enjoy blurry pictures of three kids running around like maniacs, they need some idea of you want them to do.
The problem is...I don't know what to do. Even if I just take my older boys out, I don't know how to sit them, where to place them, I just draw a blank.
Don't get me wrong, I love candid shots; way more than posed. But I think there are certain times when you'd like to get all of your kids facing the same way and smiling, right? Do you know I don't have one picture of all three kids looking at me at the same time?
You know I had to do at least one in color. ;-)
Livia is giving you her very best fake smile.
Hands down, my favorite favorite favorite picture of the morning.
So there you have it. If you have any tips or suggestions, especially trying to work with two older boys and a baby, please feel free to pass them my way. If your tip is "call a professional!" I'm beginning to agree. I look on other photographers' websites to get ideas, but when I get out with my kids, nothing looks right.
Surprisingly, I'm really happy with how these pictures of Livia turned out. There are a couple I really love. That little boost of confidence encourages me to keep trying! :-)