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As you've (not) noticed (who blogs anymore?), I have been MIA for MONTHS. I have 5 kids. They are growing up. They have lots of "things" going on. But this? I can do from a bench at ballet or swimming! It's fun for me to have a creative outlet.
I love taking pictures with my phone. And I love a lot of the resulting images very much. Are they worth blowing up and printing huge? Sometimes. But I love this. 196 of my favorite phone images from 2013 all in one classy place.
$100 (Plus tax. Shipping fee only if you cannot pick up in Lynden, WA.)
Well, as a person... I still believe that! However, I realize that in reality, sometimes there are things that need to happen first. Bills need to be paid. I still think it's a worthy goal to save for: seeing beautiful images of your loved ones is proven to boost your mood (it can dull pain as well as give you a burst of adrenaline). But in the meantime, you can still get that natural high without forking out the big bucks.
First, trust your gut. Put your great snapshots up anywhere! Anything that makes you feel happy counts as a great shot. Be creative. It's all about having fun. One of the lessons I have learned this year is to print pictures. Just print them, the rest will follow.
Also, this is a professionally printed canvas (the background, tape, and Polaroid look are all created in Photoshop):
If the idea is too good to be true or tries to say that it is "just as good" as a professional product, it's not. But there are still a trillion good ideas. One thing I get complimented on all the time at my house are these frames:
This window was found at the ReStore for a couple bucks:
Now that I have knocked pinterest, I do have to say that there are many great ideas there! I've seen ideas as simple as sticking pictures on a wall in the shape of a heart. I have always found that the ideas that are simple look the best. Some of the best tools are washi tape, sticky-tacky and clothes pins!
The bottom line? Don't be afraid to print what makes you happy and get it up where you can see it! The results are good for the soul.
There are really two main things to keep your eye on when snapping a photo. And really, it only takes a couple of seconds to assess the situation, once you know what to look for.
1. Keep the background simple. The "stuff" of life is very real and I don't think that you should pretend to be someone you are not by "hiding" an imperfect scene. However, if you want the focus of the image to be your child, pose them away from the garbage can at the park, or just move the dirty rag on the counter before you snap the image of them making a big mess while they eat cake. I have plenty of bad examples of this, would you like to see one?
There is just way too much in the background of this photo. If I would have moved myself, it probably would have looked nicer to just have the storefront behind them instead of cars, people, chairs, bike-racks... you get the idea!
It is always a good idea to move yourself around a bit.
2. Look for light. It does not matter what camera you are using, lighting always comes into play. There are many difficult situations to watch out for.
On an overcast day, light is really diffused and doesn't have a real direction. On those days, have your child look up at you to catch the light from the sky overhead. Otherwise, you'll end up with shadowy sockets where their eyes should be. That's no fun!
If you're inside, turn toward windows or doors. Again, more light on the face= happy momma! I think that good lighting really showcases a child's inner glow.
And lastly, be sure to pop out your camera at dusk...
So, next time you are about to take a picture think about where the light is coming from and what is behind your subject. Move yourself accordingly and boom! A great shot!
More next time on what to DO with those fabulous images!
(This article was featured on Mom Meet Mom!)