…because every picture tells a story…
This girl…she will graduate in exactly one week from today!
To say I’m very proud doesn’t seem like the right words.
I’m freaking over the moon with pride!
Hey there! Let’s talk about candid photos and how best to capture your loved ones.
Candid moments are by far my favorite images to create over posed. Now don’t get me wrong it’s nice to have photos where everyone is looking at the camera but let’s face it candid photographs seem more sentimental to me.
First and foremost before I ask my four kids to line up for a photograph I assess the location and lighting. Let me walk you through how I photographed my kids when we toured the community of Pullman that I blogged about the other day.
The Hotel Florence has this amazing wide wrap around porch that provided me with even shade depending on how I positioned my kids. When setting up this shot I decided to back light my subjects rather than have them stand with their faces to the sun. If you look at the lighting on the porch you’ll see how spotty it is. Now as much as I love brick in my images, the orange brick would cast an orange hue back onto my subjects (kids) so I made sure to position my kids away from the brick wall.
I decided to position my kids on the railing knowing there would be strong back-lighting but I was hoping to create a bit of lens flare. By having my children’s back to the sun this will allow me to expose their cute faces evenly and dial in my manual settings to expose for skin. I also made sure to put my girls in the line of light to highlight their hair since my boys have short hair and the light would end up on top of their heads and shoulders. That’s not the look I wanted. In the photo below I positioned everyone on the same plane to make sure everyone is in focus.
Next I centered the kids on the porch out of the strong patches of light you saw in the first photo. Again making sure everyone is on the same plane and close.
Once I got my “posed” photo out of the way, I let me kids play and that’s where I know I’ll create and get something I love! Of course I do offer guidance in the way of talking to my kids way too much but that guarantees that I’ll get something amazing for my wall at home.
Below I asked my kids to stand on the same plane and slowly walk towards me. This task is very difficult for my kids! Someone always ends up running to me as if it’s a contest to see who gets to mommy first. I then have to stop them and ask them to back up and try it again. This trick always gets my kids interacting with each other and guarantees me lots of photos with genuine laughs and goofy interaction. I never stop shooting.
Even though my kids are not cooperating (as seen in the photos above) I never put my camera down and they can play all they want because I’ve set myself in the perfect spot when great lighting so once again I let them play occasionally reminding them to stay on the same plane.
Ok…so let’s review:
- Assess your location and lighting.
- Dial in your manual settings to expose for skin.
- Ask your kids to line-up on the same plane.
- Position yourself in a fixed stance so you’re not moving, only the kids.
- Ask them to play and make a game out of it.
- Don’t stop shooting until you’ve got something good.
Because I run this “drill” a lot with my kids they know what to expect and therefore make the best of the situation to appease mom. Remember the saying…if mamma ain’t happy…
The candid moments I shared today are completely and truly my kids and I love that I can still hear their laughter when I look at these images. Therefore this series of images were a complete success for me to cherish.
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Hey There! Let’s jump into what I’d love to share with you during my last day in Chicago.
The weather was quiet warm…like 60 degrees warm, don’t need a heavy coat kinda warm, for our last day in Chicago. We really wanted to change this visit up a bit and create a new adventure. So we took a drive to the newest National Park in America; the planned community of Pullman and walked around.
My kids LOVE LOVE LOVE participating in the Junior Ranger program and earning those badges.
Our first stop and highlight on our walking tour for me was entering their historic Hotel Florence. We just happen to walk up at the right time a park ranger was coming out of the entrance and asked if we wanted to look around on the first level. He then proceeded to show us around and tell some amazing stories about this historic building that is normally closed to the public and undergoing some major renovations. How awesome is that!
After our hotel tour we started walking and marveling at this community.
How I would love to walk under that unique brick arch.
The front porches below remind me of something I’d see in San Francisco. Love the purple.
The Pullman market stood there until a fire destroyed it way back when and the city didn’t have the funds to restore it.
I had never seen a one-eyed cat so of course I had to snap a photo.
Late pizza lunch at our favorite Chicago Pizza place.
Every year my sister-in-law hosts an business party and towards the end of the evening she let’s the kids come in and “crash” the party. We take pleasure in telling the kids they’re the clean-up crew, just don’t embarrass us!
Every year the party is held at the Omni, and as we were walking to the hotel we noticed the even in full swing across the street. These images were captured on my iPhone.
Someone had to many smoothies!
One last “together” photo before the day is over.
My Chicago book is almost done and I will send it off to the printer soon. I wanted the book to be a Christmas present for my SIL, but I know she’ll appreciate it when it does show up.
Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the warm temps coming our way!
Picking up from where I left off…let’s talk about one of my favorite cities in the USA…CHICAGO, which sadly also holds the number one spot for having the worst crime rate in our country. One thing I did notice this year was police presence in the downtown area and I’m not talking about one officer here and there among the crowds of people shuffling along the sidewalks. Anyhoo….let me share the fun and excitement we had on Day 3.
The Adler was quiet since it was a Monday and kids were in school so why not play tag when you have the entire place to yourself.
Because pooping in space is funny to my kids!
Since 2003 our family tradition has been to dine at the Grand Luxe where we order our “Totally Chocolate Dinner”. Yep…we order nothing but desserts because they’re so amazing we can’t risk being too full from dinner for fear we won’t want to order dessert so we order dessert first. If you’re ever in Chicago you have to try this place, although I have eaten at the Grand Luxe in Vegas, the ambience is amazing at the Chicago location with it’s large window’s over-looking Michigan Ave. and the glow from the white holiday lights strung in the trees. Love it! This visit we ordered seven desserts…my favorite of course would be the molten chocolate cake.
She cracks me up!
Thanks for stopping by! Stay warm!
Hello. . The kids are playing into the wee hours of the morning and sleeping late…LOVE LOVE LOVE school holiday’s! I’m enjoying the quietness of my house and working on creative projects that have been on my imaginary To Do list. The project I’m currently working on is for my sister-in-law, the one who I always meet in Chicago. Because I take most of the photos…ok…who am I kidding…I take ALL the photos on vacations she hardly sees any unless I’ve posted to Instagram! Pretty sad if you ask me. Anyway, I’ve always wanted to put together a book of our trip and send it to her before Christmas. BUT…life always gets in the way and I can never find the time to look, sort, and create something meaningful and tangible to be printed. That’s all changing …rightnow! Since I’ve already sorted day 2 of our Chicago adventures I thought I’d share
a few some with you from my main camera and iPhone.
Sunday. November 27th, 2016.
Our morning started out lazy, much like our Christmas holiday. We made reservations at one of our families favorite restaurants mid-morning and had tickets for a matinee theater performance.
Shaw’s Crab House has been our families favorite for 16 years now. I absolutely love the ambience and amazing food here. If you ever find yourself in Chicago and would love a finer dinning experience Shaw’s should be at the top of your list. I suggest their brunch, that way you can sample almost everything they offer!
Flashback for ya…since Mallory will probably miss our 2017 Chicago trip because she’ll be away at college, this year we made sure to hit some of her favorite spots and recreate a few funny photos. The above photo is a blast from the past when Mallory was a cute one year old and this was our first trip to Chicago with Bryan’s brother and sister. I just have to laugh at the goofy faces.
After the show we walked over to Daley Plaza where the Christkindlemarket is set up. Visiting and shopping at the small stalls has been a long tradition for my family. Every year my kids look forward to sipping hot chocolate from their yearly collectors mug and eating sugared almonds while navigating the crowd of people shopping for traditional German Christmas gifts.
Another tradition is visiting the Macy’s windows then riding the escalators to the 7th floor to enjoy dinner under the glow of Macy’s amazing Christmas tree located in the Walnut Room.
Writing our letters to Santa at this location has been a must for the last 5 years. Even though the girls are a little old for Santa’s magic, they play along for the little guys. I tell them it keeps them young at heart!
Thanks for stopping by and if by chance I’m not on here until after the New Year…..HAPPY NEW YEAR!