The National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) has an exciting giveaway opportunity for 35 of the top mom bloggers across the country! I am pleased to offer this wonderful opportunity to my readers!
Here’s how it works:
· One winner from each of the 35 blogs will win a unique picture frame from The Organic Bloom. These custom-designed frames are sold exclusively to professional portrait photographers, but they are giving you the chance to win one of these unique works of art!
· To enter, you should create and frame your beautiful memories – so whether you use the photography tips (posted below) to take your own photos or utilize the NAPCP website to find a professional child photographer in your area, you can walk away with a way to “fill their frames.”
· I'll submit my winner’s name to NAPCP for a random Grand Prize drawing. One Grand Prize winner will receive a full professional photography session with Mandy Johnson. Mandy has built an impressive portfolio and has photographed for a number of celebrity clients. NAPCP will fly Mandy out to the winner’s hometown so that the photography session can take place in the comfort of their own home! It's an estimated $2000 value. See the end of this post for rules!!!
TOP TEN TIPS FOR TAKING PHOTOS OF YOUR CHILDREN
National Association of Professional Child Photographers Shares Insider Tips for Parents
Preparing a photo session with children can be a daunting and exhausting task. Most parents can barely get their children to stay put long enough to eat a full meal, yet alone pose for an entire photo shoot. Despite the challenge, the National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) has a few tricks to help make an at-home photography session painless for everyone while still producing plenty of frame-worthy shots:
Get on their level: Lay or sit down on the floor to capture the perfect picture. Not only will you be able to see the world from their vantage point, but you’ll also have better perspective and angles when shooting.
Lighting is key: Most parents think that having great lighting can be replaced with a camera’s flash, but the flash can actually make children appear washed out. Instead, utilize indirect, natural lighting by shooting near a window in the house or under the shade of a tree.
Never stop shooting: For every good shot, there are typically about 8-10 bad ones, but that’s the beauty of having a digital camera! Change the setting to continuous shooting mode to capture lots of shots in the midst of action. Even most standard point-and-shoot cameras have some sort of “sport mode” that can accomplish this task.
Get to know your camera: Consult your camera’s manual or look up the settings online so that you can take full advantage of all of its different settings. Three key ones to experiment and get comfortable with are the aperture setting, the shutter speed and the ISO setting.
Consider black and white: Black and white photos are not only timeless and classic, but they can also easily cover up the redness and blotchiness on newborns and babies. Adjusting the black and white settings is usually easiest to do after the photo session in photoshop or picasa.
Make it fun for them: Kids love to play with their parents, so turn a photo session into play time! Play games, tell jokes and sing songs with them – pretty soon, they’ll forget that you’re taking pictures.
Get up close and personal: Get close or zoom in to capture all of the small details that make your child unique.
Pay attention to the background: Before you start shooting, make sure that any unwanted or distracting items, like a vacuum cleaner or piles of clothes, are out of the way and out of the shot.
Bring your camera everywhere: You never know when inspiration will strike. Camera phones make it easier to capture the everyday moments with your children – they can take decent pictures, but don’t always print well because of their low resolution.
Show off their personality: Standard portrait photos are parent favorites, but don’t hesitate to shoot pictures of them in their natural settings and behaviors. Their quirky and adorable habits today can usually create the best photos that you’ll treasure years later.
Now for the special giveaway! Would you like to win one of the Organic Bloom frames (valued at about $200) and represent The Gerber Babies in the grand prize drawing? You could win a photography session with a $2000 value!
To enter this giveaway, leave a comment and tell me which tip you like the most! Giveaway at 11:59pm. I am picking a winner November 10, 2012. If you do not respond within 24 hours, another name will be chosen. I cannot make exceptions because this is time sensitive. Please check your spam and leave me a way to contact you!
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Disclosure: Tips provided by NAPCP. NAPCP and The Organic Bloom will provide giveaway and fulfillment. I received product for my time.