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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Photography Tips with Canon || Sunday Swoon

My father, a mechanical engineer with a side photography business, spoke the language of Leicas and lenses in our home.  I never quite understood why an entire spare bedroom was converted into a “camera room”, but I do have early childhood memories of being taught how to hold a camera, how to shoot and where to focus.  It took having children of my own to develop a true passion for photography.  I find it grounding to have integrated such a great hobby into my life, and I believe that my interest in photography has changed the way in which I view the world.

I’ll never forgot when I put my first DSLR In my father’s hands and the recent delight in his voice upon receiving small albums from my Instagram images in the mail.  Naturally, I was delighted to join Canon once again, to bid farewell to summer at the Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar – boasting stunning views of New York Harbor and Lady Liberty.  I have a lot to learn in terms of photography – especially shooting with a DSLR.  It was a true treat to have a go at capturing the final sunset of summer, with a variety of Canon’s outstanding lenses and the guidance of experts from team Canon.

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Here are some of Canon’s expert tips:
  • Auto White Balance (AWB) – Adjust your camera to take advantage of the different warm tones it can render by changing to the cloudy or shade setting prior to shooting an image.
  •  Exposure Compensation – Utilizing Exposure Compensation prior to shooting an image allows light control, resulting in brighter or darker images that can change the mood of the same scene.
  • Rule of Thirds – Apply the rule of thirds, an important compositional technique, by aligning your subject with the guide lines and their intersection points, placing the horizon on the top or bottom line, or allowing linear features in the image to flow from section to section.  This allows the eye to have more room to explore.

View more shooting tips and info on Canon lenses and visit the other Sunday Swoon co-hosts below.

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