This spring, the kiddos and I joined my parents for a low key vacation in Jekyll Island, GA. It was a beautiful night for a quick photo shoot- or so I thought. I had two nicely dressed kids, a sunset backdrop and a brand new camera in hand! What could go wrong?
Since my subjects were squirmy, I had a terrible time trying to get them to pose for a quick shot. On top of the squirm factor, M has never been good with looking at the camera- I have more pictures of the top of her head than I can count!
My parents tried to trick them into looking at the camera. I begged for them to look at the camera. We all made goofy faces trying to get their attention. We tried to bribe them with promises of a treat in exchange for a smiley shot! NOTHING! We moved on worn out and defeated.
I hate begging for a good picture. It turns the quick photo op into a battle- not really a memory that I want to capture. Sometimes it is just better to shrug it off and try again later.
Last night, I finally got the chance to review the "nightmare" of a photo shoot. The pictures were far from what I remember. Goes to show, candids are always better. A posed picture does not help you remember what your kids' personalities were like or what fun they were having.
I guess I learned my lesson on this one!
So, what is my "life hack" for taking pictures of your kids? Don't try so hard! Go with the flow and take candids!