ABC Challenge: week 7

I think our challenge needs a bit of a kickstart… it’s hot, it’s been 7 weeks, and people are losing their steam.

I admit that in the beginning I just took lots of pictures and tried to fit them into a category. That isn’t going to continue working so now I’m trying to set shots up… with limited success, but it’s a work in progress.Β  Be creative and try new things! πŸ™‚

To help get people’s creative juices flowing I am going to offer a prize (from my own pocket unless someone feels like sponsoring us πŸ˜‰ for a $20 gift card to Henry’s or Vistek or another photography related business. You get one entry for each photo you submit this week, up to a maximum of two entries. I’ll announce the winner in my post next week.

Photography tip

Several times since the twins were born I’ve been asked if I make a point of taking photos of the kids separately so they will feel like individuals instead of always a set. Ha! I’m lucky if I have 10 nice pictures of the two of them together. They don’t smile at the same time, they don’t look at the camera at the same time – it’s chaos.

So I gave up trying to pose them. And that’s the tip. Just try to take photos of kids doing the things that they love. They’ll be happy and you can get some great candid shots. And you might even get them to happily pose for you if they don’t feel they’re being forced into anything or are feeling bored.

It works for the kids that over pose too. I zoomed in and grabbed a photo of a smile that has been eluding me for months from this kid when we were playing at the park yesterday πŸ˜‰ I’m not sure what my nephew was looking at here, but I know it wasn’t me.

Thanks to Danielle who helped me figure out my tip this morning when I saw her at the grocery store πŸ™‚

My two picks this week

G is for green
G is for green

R is for riding
R is for riding

Participants’ photos

A selection of participants’ photos that jumped out at me this week.

happy victoria day!!

A is for art by jhscrapmom

464:1000 Wheeee, bubbles!

P is for playing by danigirl

T is for Trees

T is for trees by Stella

As always, it’s never to late too join the challenge. We hope you’ll play along!

Lara is the mom to 3.5 year old Kiernan and 1 year old twins Quinn and Juliette. You can find her at her blog Gliding Through Motherhood.

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5 responses to “ABC Challenge: week 7

  1. That’s a great tip about just taking the pictures and not trying to pose your kids. With three boys who think the word “smile” means “crinkle your face into some sort of hideous mask and look excruciatingly bored at the same time, and maybe pick a booger out of your brother’s nose while you’re at it” I honestly can’t remember the last time I tried to get them to pose together, let alone got a good shot from it.

    A related tip is this: give the kids something to do, a prop. Like the bubble gun in the shot of mine you choose (thanks!! :)) or something unusual like an umbrella, or something they’ve never seen before. You’ll get a bit of their personality, rather than a staged shot. Erm, that’s the theory, at least.

    That, and *always* have your camera nearby to catch them when they’re being spontaneously cute. I get ALL my best shots that way!

  2. YAY! Glad you used the tip! Let me know if you need any others and I’ll try and brainstorm a few for ya! πŸ™‚

  3. krista

    I am glad to see that I am not the only one that now tries to set up shots to fit the letters… I too have limited success with the forced shots. I also think that my monkeys are sick of the camera these days. I must admit that my lens has focussed on them WAY more since you started this challenge. I do love it though πŸ™‚

    • I’m glad. That was the whole point, to remind ourselves to take lots of photos. Otherwise I find I forget and put down the camera for weeks at a time. ack! πŸ˜‰

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