My photography was all black and white darkroom artistic mubo-jumbo before I had kids… I loved the creative process and I did what I needed to do to pass my college classes, which were mostly film photography classes. I can almost smell the chemicals… have you ever smelled fixer? Then you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s kind of like gas, nasty smelling but you’d almost wear it as perfume because it oddly smells awesome at the same time… am I just weird? Maybe.
Anyway, when I had Charlotte, I didn’t know where to start, but I knew I wanted to capture her little years and do it well. The first few years are years that they won’t remember what life was like, so pictures tell our story, and it can tell beautifully with a few simple techniques. My mom (a great and humble photographer, probably my biggest inspiration) gave me a book that she learned photography with a long time ago. It’s called Basic Child Photography and the copyright is 1982 (the year I was born!). 🙂 It’s a great book!
We always tell moms that the pictures you take are wonderful now, but they are really a gift to your 30-year-old child…
Because my mom, Brenda Kay Eubanks, read this book, and learned a little about her SLR camera, my siblings and I have boxes FULL of beautifully lit and composed images. (THANK YOU MOM!!) These are such a treasure to her 30 year old (well, and 35 year old) kids! My kids love them too! There are lots of pictures of us and because she took the time to learn how to take a picture, they are great… and this was in the days we couldn’t see the exposure on the back of the camera! Wow! (see why I think she’s amazing!)
Here’s a quote from this very book I’d love to share with you about taking baby pictures:
“Baby pictures do not have to be made on a bearskin rug; nor do they have to be closeups of drools or teary faces, with nothing in the picture to indicate what all the moisture is for. On the contrary, baby pictures can record the first episodes of someone’s life; or they can commemorate a time when all of us experienced total freedom from self-consciousness – a time what non of us remembers.
If you are a new parents, or someone interested in making meaningful photographs of babies, the first thing you should do is forget most of the baby pictures you have seen. Look at the babies instead. Examine the way they examine their new world. Try to find what it is that has just made them laugh, sigh, or start….”
Here’s a picture of baby Amy, circa 1983… 🙂 ((love the pretty window light mom!)
This month I am working on a new Simplified Photography guide about photographing the little years. It’s a parents (or grandparents!) guide to capturing the first years in photos and video and how you can have these printed and archived so your 30-year-old kids can enjoy them! There’s nothing in the world better than actually holding albums and prints! Let’s get back to some old school 1982 truths about printing too! (they didn’t have a choice if they wanted to see the picture!)
Anyway, I want to make it wonderful, and simple, but FULL of valuable information! That’s our goal with our guides. If you are ready to get started, check out the guides we have in the store right now! Simplified Photography, Light and Composition, Lightroom for Beginners, and Window Light! (a great one for fighting the winter creativity hole we can get into!)
Come along and learn how to take pictures of the little years and far beyond! Photography isn’t just fun, it’s a break from your busy day to be creative… Did you know it’s actually therapeutic! When we study the story, and the details through the lens we are able to focus and appreciate life and how sacred this time really is and how marvelous our Creator is. I truly believe that! I’ve been in this kind of therapy for almost 12 years now, and it’s wonderful!
There’s my update, and hopefully you’ll see this guide in the shop very soon! (I’m working on it Kim!!!) 🙂 This one had to marinate in my heart awhile, and it’s something I am pouring my soul into because you guys, it’s just awesome to teach this stuff!! Truly.