Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Capture That... Mess! Kids Will Be Kids {Capture That Kid! Inspiration and Photography Workshops Woodstock, Ga}

      I'm willing to bet that I am not alone in the fact that the pictures I cherish most of my kiddos are often (not always) the ones that are not posed and fake smiling at the camera. Yes, I will always cherish certain shots where they are adorably dressed, hair is nice and neat, and they have genuine smiles looking right at the camera, BUT my personal favorites are when my kids are being...KIDS. 

   So how do you capture that? Well, first of all, you let them be kids of course. You give them something to do that any kid would like to do. The trick to really keeping them focused on that task is to even break your own "house rules" for a little while and let them do things you may often say no to. 

   It's the whole cake smash mentality really. We do that for one year olds. We set them in front of something messy and let them go nuts right? Those sessions have often been some of my most enjoyable sessions to shoot because they are entertaining for ALL involved.

 So when our kids get a little older why do we stop letting them get messy for photos and worry so much about them looking "perfect?"

   I've been thinking about bringing this theory into more sessions coming up and also wanted to use "Capture that... Mess" as this week's theme (participate in our weekly themes on Facebook HERE) So, when my friend arrived from out of town with her two little ones for a spontaneously planned play date I thought it would be even more fun to include her kids too. It was freezing outside so my original ideas  were out of the question, but with a little bit of paint and some backdrop paper, we managed to allow our four little loves to make a great mess and capture some super cute memories that are definitely some of my favorite personal shots already. 

     Taking pictures like these of my kids is always more entertaining (for them and me) if I just let them get a little crazy because they are relaxed and happy and I am not trying desperately to get them to look at me or stand in a certain spot. Of course I always try to get a few "look at me" moments, but if they don't it isn't the end of the world b/c they are being themselves and that's what I want to remember most.  I think parents often get frustrated because their kids won't smile for the camera, but try to relax and just be happy to see them smile...at the camera or not. :)

Parents-I hope you will participate in this week's Capture That....Mess! theme on our Facebook Page and that it inspires you to allow your loves to let loose a little! You do NOT have to be a professional photographer to share your fun times. 

 If you ARE a professional photographer and would like to submit a "Messy" session for consideration to be shared on our blog, please email LisaRappaPhotography@gmail.com with 5-10 web-sized images, a blurb about the session or tips and tricks you used, and your website. 

For more info. on our workshops go HERE


 Maybe we should have left out the red paint ;)

Lisa Rappa Photography


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