Happy Monday, friends! I always expect to get a lot done over the weekend, but then when the weekend arrives, all I want to do is play with my kids and enjoy time with my husband. Are you the same way? That’s exactly what happened to me over the weekend, and with the birthday parties we attended, there was no time for sewing or blogging.
That’s ok, though, ’cause LIFE is more important! Right?
But speaking of life and sewing and blogging… Today kicks off Kids Clothes Week for Spring! Are you joining in? If so, what will you be sewing? I’ve participated for the last two KCWs, but this year I plan on taking a more relaxed approach. I’ll sew a few patterns and blog about it when I can, but mostly I just look forward to see what everyone else is working on! I LOVE KCW!
In Friday’s post I promised to finish up my series on How to Get Great Pictures of Your Kids this week. I had planned to post about it today and tomorrow, but I’m just going to finish up today and leave the rest of the week for kids clothes sewing. Maybe some long-awaited tutorials will show up here? I better get to work!
So without further ado, here are Parts II and II of…
- Try to make them laugh by telling jokes. During this shoot we told the same joke over and over again. My son’s face went from glowering to glowing all at once. (See example below)
- Don’t tell them to smile! This interrupts the moment. Keep up the banter of conversation.
- If he is already doing something he enjoys, don’t interrupt the moment. Enter into the moment and capture the joy.
|Left: grumpy face when mom keeps telling her what to do
Middle: she gives me a fake smile
Right: genuine smile while laughing at me be silly/tell a joke
- Point out something interesting on the ground.
- Point out something interesting in the sky.
- Ask your child to tell you about something he or she sees in the distance.
- Get photos from behind by saying, “what do you see behind you?”
- Ask the child to hand you something.
- Give the child something to play with.
|Herringbone shorts in motion|
|Herringbone shorts absolutely still. They look ok here, but don’t communicate any “spark” or “life.”|
|Abby and her Peplum Drummer Jacket in motion|
Take a moment to read back over my first post on Capturing them Comfortable. An uncomfortable kid takes an uncomfortable picture. It’s so true, isn’t it?
Lastly, I firmly believe that even the most well-sewn outfit won’t look as good on an unhappy model. Outfits that shine are worn by children that shine!
As I mentioned in my last post, all the pictures above were taken by my brother, Kyle Cowgill, the talent behind this hilarious channel. He took these with a Canon T3i, and I corralled the kids into taking good pictures. It was a team effort!