I love photographing my kids… I’m sure you are like, “Yeah we know Amy, you post pics all the time!” #sorrynotsorry, It’s for me more than you! šŸ˜‰ (Facebook memories get me every single day!)

Photography brings me so much joy, I LOVE looking at old photos! You’ll never see anyone Marie Kando a photograph of a family member and say it doesn’t bring them joy. Photographs and albums are the number one thing people grab if there’s a flood or fire. They are priceless!! Our goal with The Wild Child Photography, is to help anyone, and especially mom’s, learn how to take better pictures. We all know the saying “Baby’s don’t keep” and the older my kids get, the more I realize just how fleeting these years really are. Photography and video allow us to do a little time traveling now and then. It’s really a beautiful thing. I am so grateful I fell in love with photography at the very beginning of the “Little Years”.

My mom took LOTS of photographs of us kids. I was just looking through an album she made me the other day and realized that what my mom saw through the lens, is what I see when I look at my kids too. I feel so loved when I look at her pictures. I am incredibly grateful she took the time to learn how to take a good photograph, and didn’t just rely on her camera. Film was trickier (no LCD screen to check your exposure on), and expensive! I also appreciate her getting in the frame with me. I know it’s hard to hand the camera off, but kids need pictures with you in them too! I say this again and again, and still find it difficult to jump in the frame because I am overly critical of myself. (Why do we beat ourselves up so much? YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL JUST THE WAY YOU ARE, AND I AM TOO. Ok, I feel better.) This is something I’m working on believing, and I want to practice what I preach more. It’s important. My mom did it, and I should make her do it more! šŸ™‚

****Thanks Mom, I love the pictures you took! I feel loved every time I look at them. You definitely inspire me, and I promise to print more photos of your grand kids for you… (ok that’s another subject… print your pics.) I LOVE YOU MOM! (….opening up mpix.com to place an order…)

Anyway, this was going to be a short Facebook post about camera settings and photographing your older children, and I realized I was getting too long winded so I decided to just write a blog post… and now it isn’t even about photographing your older children, it’s about how much I feel loved when I look at the photos my mom took. How’d I do that? I’m blaming my cold/flu I’m fighting and just posting this anyway. šŸ™‚ I’ll have to write another post about the other subject.

The bottom image is of me looking at a bird at the world famous Topeka Zoo. šŸ™‚ My mom actually won a contest with it! Can you imagine… back then she probably had to send in…..what are those things called again?… oh yeah, a print, in an envelope with a stamp. I’m so glad she did go to that trouble though! How awesome!

Ok, all this feaverish blubbering to say this… photographing your kids is important, and getting in the frame is important. It’s also fun, and you’ll never regret it. If you want to get better at photography we want to help you! We offer in person classes, and digital downloads for you introverts, like me. I’d recommend the Simplified Photography Guide to get started, then Light and Composition, Lightroom, and Window Light! (all of these are in our shop at a new, lower price. We want them to sell!)

It’s almost Mother’s Day, which is a whole new blog post, but I’ll just wrap up with this… Get in the frame, take the pictures, print them, and don’t worry so much. Perfection is not necessary for you to start today. You are loved!

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