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Okay, you moms know how difficult it is to take good pics of your little ones and their squirmy, high-energy selves, right? Well, we are thrilled to have Stacy from Salvatori Photography guest posting for us today! We met her at a boot camp we were both attending, and one thing led to another, and here she is today sharing her top tips for taking great pictures of kids! Stacy is truly a talent. She captures everything from the excitement of a bride waiting to see her groom, to a family having a total blast together. Head on over to her website to check out her amazing work. But for now, stay here and read on. 🙂 You won’t be disappointed.

“Momographer” Tips From Stacy Salvatori

1.      Change your perspective.
Sometimes as Moms we get locked into patterns, this is not a bad thing all. But when it comes to capturing some fun images of your Little Ones it never hurts to get out of the ‘norm’ and change up your perspective a little. Often times we pull out the camera and do the same old face shot from 3 feet away.  Ever thought about lying on the floor and looking up at them? Maybe climbing up on the swing set? Switch it up a little. You might be pleasantly surprised to see something new!
2.     Play.
Everyone has a different opinion and everyone has a different vision of what they may want their pictures to turn out like. I personally love, love, love when I get candid’s of my children laughing and playing and enjoying life! It’s those little in-between moments that tend to move my heartstrings. A Daddy, Aunt, or Grandma also comes in handy for this one! Get them running, swinging, playing and best off all laughing their little hearts out!
3.     Wait.
Often we like to pose our kids, and tell them sit just ‘like this’ or ‘move over here’ like that.  I’ve found that their patience level runs low when I do that, and they tend to look a lot less ‘real’ and at ease. More times than not, just waiting and watching is the best trick. I can be lounging in my lawn chair watching them play or draw with chalk on the sidewalk…and then BAM! I see the perfect opportunity!
4.    Set up different scenarios.
One of the most fun things you can do is set up new and fun situations that might produce super original and creative pictures! So, for instance, rather than just tossing them in the back yard and hoping for something to happen…create a new scenario! Get out the bubble machine and capture them running through the bubbles. Turn on the sprinkler. Get out colorful paint or shaving cream…and let ‘em at it!! Play dress up. Get your daughter dolled up like a ballerina, or maybe your son is really into being a Pirate or a Fireman!  Just have fun with it!
The Summer is a great time to capture some pics of your kiddos!  My favorite tip is the recommendation to get down on their level- It makes my pictures so much better! Happy Summer Friends!

The comments +

  1. Andrea says:

    I liked Salvatori Photography on Facebook! I would love a photo shoot. I enjoy photographing my sons, but am all about the auto settings. Having someone with real skill to capture moments with my boys would be wonderful!

  2. Andrea says:

    Now following your blog! Love it so much, by the way. 🙂

  3. Sarah says:

    I liked S.P. on facebook and I also already like RHOBC and am a blog follower as well. I would LOVE a shoot/tutorial because I LOVE taking pictures of my girls but stink at using my camera. Cool giveaway – your blog is awesome!

  4. The Smith's says:

    “liked” Salvatori Photography, she is fabulous! Would LOVE to surprise the grandparents with some photos of their grandson & soon to be granddaughter (due in Nov.)

  5. The Smith's says:

    “liked” RHofBC…look forward to reading/following it. 🙂

  6. The Nagle's says:

    I liked Salvatori Photography and would love the win so that I can utilize my new Canon Rebel.

  7. Anne says:

    I always think I need a new camera to take better pictures, now I see that I need new strategies also, thanks for the tips…. Love the pictures, liked salvatori photos on fb. Would love a chance/tutorial because I cherish these days, as I have already had 2 children leave the nest…5 still at home, including a 2 year old.

  8. Lindsey says:

    I liked Salvatori Photography on Facebook, and I take millions of pictures but rarely get one that I love. I would love a tutorial from this talented lady 🙂

  9. Lindsey says:

    OK.. I finally became a follower too. I honestly don’t really know what that means or does, but I clicked the little button 🙂 I already like you guys on FB 🙂

  10. KateO says:

    Laughing at myself right now cause I read ‘momographer’ as ‘MAMographer’ like the person who performs a mamography and I was like, “I didn’t know they had an official title” and then “why is she getting highlighted on this blog?”
    Then I kept reading and figured it out. Yes, my brain is mush these days….

  11. Amy Zuck says:

    I liked salvatori photography on facebook and would love to have my 3 crazy boys captured on camera!!

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