Llanddwyn Island LighthouseLlanddwyn Island LighthouseThe famous lighthouse on Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey, North Wales

Live your life Through a Lens?

October 07, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Family Life and Photography

Having two children child portraits have always been of great interest to me, in fact to the degree they played a massive part in my decision to buy a DSLR not too many years ago. You see I firmly believe that this hobby of mine compliments family life, it gives me great pleasure to capture my family through the various stages. The images in this post are from two very recent family trips to Beverly Westwood and Humber Bridge Country Park. This is how I like to capture my family, having fun and relaxing creating memories to look back on.  I added a vintage feel here I like to create a balance between photography and family fun and the two can mix. You have to be careful not to live your whole life through the lens and there was a time when I realised I was actually living every moment through the 1 inch viewfinder on the back of my camera! Often using old cameras as props raises the childs interest levels as well as making for great shots! I now dedicate specific trips to photography and others where the camera will stay firmly in the house. It's that age old dilema of do I don't I when it comes to taking the camera. If I take it I might spoil the day by being intrusive or not focussed enough on enjoying our time together however if I don't I know I'll miss the perfect moment! I find involving the children in planning the shoot and allowing them to take a leading role in chosing their costumes and props really lifts their enthusiam and mood. The children really enjoy picking their own outfits and costumes. I always try to make photography fun for the children, laughter is the best medicine and if the kids are happy and bubbly on a shoot it always makes it a better expeirience and ultimately makes for better shots.  Laughter is the best medicine! So the camera can be a wonderful tool in creating everlasting memories, but it can also be a divider between a family and their photographing relation. I'm lucky I have found the balance and my children mostly enjoy having their picture taken but even I still need reminding sometimes, You see life with your eyes not through a lens. Sometimes you can plan all you like but those smiles make the shot! I try and get the children out of their comfort zone and expand on their poses A combination of factors made this one of the most perfect shots I ever took!


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