Tangible Ties to The Past & Photography Tips for Parents

Thank you Huggies Little Snugglers and Latina Bloggers Connect for sponsoring this post.  Content and opinions, as always, are my own.

It’s amazing how photography has the power to bring us back, even momentarily.  Through images, I can recall my Aunt Nina’s violet perfume.  I can feel my father’s embrace upon returning home from work.  And I’m able to hear my mother murmur “mi amor, mi vida, mi ceilo, mi corazón ” over and over and over again while cradled in her arms.

A photograph can evoke the feeling of pulling my babies up to my chest for the first time.  Vividly recalling those two moments of time being wrapped in the most overwhelming sense of joy.

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As cliché as it sounds – childhood is indeed fleeting.  So I photograph and document with passion and determination – because these small vignettes with tangible ties to the past have the incredible power of allowing us to revisit what once was.

And relish in the beauty of all that has followed.

I’m by no means a photography expert. I’m simply a mama behind a lens with a creative interest fueled by my loves – and a passion to documenting the everyday in the most organic way possible.  Here are a few of my top photography tips for parents:

  • Parents – Get In Those Photos!  Pregnancy and parenthood come with a whirlwind of change – and sometimes being photographed is not on the agenda. Belly photos turn into incredible pieces of history as little ones grow, as do photographs of those special early days of bonding with baby.

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  •  Capture the details.  Document the natural fetal curl that newborns have during the first two weeks.  Capture the dimples and those sweet napping faces.  Encapsulate the memory of a tiny hand wrapped around your finger.  And don’t forget the sweet feet. How yummy are my nephew’s?

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  • Go Natural.  Capture children as they naturally are while avoiding requests to “look here!” or “say cheese!”.  My favorite photographs of my children were captured by sneaking up on them and acting as a quiet observer.

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  •  Look for clean backgrounds. I’m a big fan of uncluttered backgrounds. A clean, symmetrical background helps to keep the focus on the subjects.

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  • Follow basic photography principles.  Shoot in natural light and learn fundamental concepts like the rule of thirds.  And lastly – throw out my suggestions! Remember that photographs are part of your story.  Please capture however you see fit!

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A Baby Shower | Project Nursery Style

When children’s design experts from Project Nursery throw a surprise baby shower – you know it’s going to be incredible.  Atop the Mondrian Soho, boasting stunning city views, the event in celebration of Project Baby Girl was indeed picturesque perfection.

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Melisa’s surprise baby shower came to fruition with the assistance of the lovely team at Minted.   A sweet floral theme, stunning event design, and beautiful paper products and typography made the stand-out venue shine.  I adored the color palette with the perfect blending of sparkly gold.

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Sponsor, Amazon baby was on hand showcasing Melisa’s dream baby registry and host, Rosie Pope offered words of advice for the third-time mother.  Read Melisa’s recap of her special day, learn about the amazing product sponsors and stay-tuned for Project Nursery’s Grand Amazon Baby Registry Giveaway on Project Nursery!

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Images via Charlie Juliet Photography.  Attendees received a lovely gift bag. 

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