5 Tips to Prepare Your Pre-school Children for Family Photos

The Age of the USB

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A son in the embrace of his Dad.

She held the USB stick against her beating heart.  She gazed at it, imagining what her family were like generations before.

She opened the little lid.

Her heart sank, technology had long since surpassed this meagre creation.

Imagine though, someone finding your family photographs and actually seeing the loving look you are giving your children, or the snuggle from your husband, a grandfather’s outstretched hand to his granddaughter.  Photographs really do speak a thousand words.

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A Grandmother reassuring her grandson.

We are so lucky that photographers can capture real emotion now.  Shutter speeds and film speeds were so slow that the subject had to stand in one place for minutes sometimes to have their photograph taken.  Now we can capture a child being flung in the air in a rapture of giggles.

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You can hear the squeals of delight, and feel the emotions of Dad and daughter.

Picking up a photograph you know your Great Grandparents may have held, even if you never met, is something special.  Studying the photograph, the clothing, the expressions, it feels as if there’s a familiarity.  The paper feels thick and heavy in your hands, it may be sepia toned or silvered with age. Some photographs were kept in a shirt pocket during the war, close to the heart. The photograph itself has a story to tell.

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Old family photo albums conjure up the imagination before even opening them.

How amazing to think in 50 years, 100 years, and beyond, a family member can chance upon your photographs, imagining what you were like, and how your family lived. caroline williams photographer upper hutt photographer wellington photographer central hawkes bay rural family portrait lifestyle

Seeing real emotion, a tear in the eye of a Mum looking at her newborn, a Dad tickling his son so that you can nearly hear the squeals of delight, a favourite pet being cuddled, it’s all prosperity, all memories, and a curiosity to those who chance by our beautiful photographs long after we are gone.caroline williams photographer upper hutt photographer wellington photographer central hawkes bay rural family portrait lifestyle

Of course, if you have a portrait session booked through me, I will do all the hard work for you, with quality products which can still be viewed next century!

However, if you are wanting to print your snaps from family trips or sports days, check out the link (http://www.carolinewilliams.co.nz/what-to-do-with-all-those-holiday-photos/) for tips on how to make your own family memories visible.

If you ‘d like me to photograph your family please email me at the below link! (caroline@twodragons.co.nz)

 

 

Photographing Esmé.

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I had the pleasure of meeting young Esmé during a recent photo session.  Photographing children on the verge of teenage years is always an enchanting experience – they still have all those childhood charms yet are on the cusp of young adulthood.  I asked her Mum one word that would describe Esmé before our photo session.  “Brave”.   After speaking with her Mum, we decided it would be nice to photograph Esmé in a way that shows her inner strength but also her innocence, as well as including a few other fun photographs, and leaving room for any ideas Esmé had.caroline williams photographer upper hutt photographer wellington photographer female tween girl portrait upper hutt photographer wellington photographer

 

To get a feeling of this girls passion and zest, her Mum told me, after an arm injury had completely heeled, she did 50 handstands a day to try and catch up on all the handstands she had missed out on!  Doesn’t that just make you smile!   In fact, here I am stupidly sitting at the keyboard smiling.

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Esmé began her photo session indoors where I used soft natural window light, and studio lighting.

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It can be awkward for anyone standing in front of a camera in close range to the photographer but Esmé began to relax, and even liked some of the photographs!

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We changed outfits a couple of times, then headed outside.  It was late afternoon and the lighting was soft and beautiful which gave an ethereal feel to some of the photographs.

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I hope as Esmé goes through those teen years and into adulthood, she looks back over her photographs and sees her inner beauty radiating out just like her family and friends do.  Photographs have a knack of capturing beauty from the inside out.

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If you ‘d like me to photograph your pre teen (known as tween!) please email me at the below link! (caroline@twodragons.co.nz)