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Tips for Capturing Those Amazing Family Moments
We all want to do it, right? I am talking about capturing those amazing family moments. You know the ones that we will put on our Christmas cards. Or have framed in the house. The ones that we will send to grandparents or post on social media.
I love when I get a perfect moment on camera. I mean I really get excited. I love capturing moments but after having children, I quickly came to realize that the moments kind of capture you. I never wanted to be that mom that made her kids stand around posing for pictures so I could have….well lots of posed pictures.
Don't get me wrong, I do love posed pictures on occasion. However, the photographs I truly cherish are all candid shots. They were shots taken in the moment and many times they were captured as a bonus rather than a requirement. Those candid shots make the most amazing family moments.
TIPS FOR CAPTURING AMAZING FAMILY MOMENTS
1. Let everyone loose to have fun.
I sat poolside one day reading a magazine and just letting the kids play. I picked up my camera as soon as I heard “Cannonball!!!” The results were fabulous.
2. It doesn't always have to be about smiles.
My daughter was missing her brother when I snapped the above picture. It is one of my favorite pictures of her.
3. Say “give me your biggest smile.”
I always a love a big cheesy grin and will happily takes lots of pictures.
4. Encourage everyone to be silly.
I always take a silly shot every time we take family pictures. After a few poses kids get tired. I also ALWAYS grab the camera when one of my kids says, “Take of picture of me, Mom.” This was one of those moments with my kids and their cousins.
5. Pose them sometimes or ask them to put their arms around each other.
Get everyone to come together every once in a while for a good, old fashioned “smile for the camera” picture.
6. Sometimes just snap away and see what you get.
This picture above is a picture that I took when my two girls were playing in the rain. While it is a little out of focus, I love the look on my daughter's face as she is dripping in rainwater. I was actually taking pictures of a craft that I was working on in the carport and was camera ready so this was perfect.
We are thrilled to have put together such a fun box this month. With the them being “Capture the Moment” we wanted to share some of our favorite photography tools to help you in your memory making and picture taking.
WHAT YOU'LL FIND IN THE #ALAMODRIVEHAPPYBOX
My Life Digital Photo Album About a Mom (@aboutamom)
This pocket-size album is small enough to toss in your bag and have with you all the time. Enjoy and share your vacation photos anytime.
Smash Book Style Journal A Nut in a Nutshell (@blueviolet)
Capture your family travel adventures as you’re experiencing them! Live it up, jot it down, smash it in, and your favorite travel memories will turn into a forever keepsake.
Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens Dear Crissy – @crissy
It’s not always convenient to have a big camera with you, but with the multiple lenses of the Olloclip, you’ll still be able to take incredible vacation photos easily using your smartphone.
Sharper Image Telescoping Selfie Arm The Divine Miss Mommy – @stacieinatlanta
No matter where you are, you can take selfies without having to extend and contort your arm to do it.
XCSource Bluetooth Remote and Mini-Tripod The Rebel Chick – @therebelchick
Everyone can be in the photo! Place your smartphone on the tripod, set the timer and click!
WIN YOUR OWN “CAPTURE THE MOMENT” BOX
I am excited to be able to give you the chance to win one of our carefully curated Alamo Drive Happy travel boxes. You wouldn't believe how long it takes us to come up with the perfect box for you guys. This is really a fun thing to do.
We are doing things a little different on this giveaway. The giveaway will take place entirely on Instagram and here is how you can enter:
1. You must follow me on Instagram (@StacieinAtlanta)
2. Post a family travel photo on Instagram with brief description of what it is (at least a sentence or two). Make certain that your picture on Instagram has the hashtag #AlamoDriveHappy plus tags me @StacieinAtlanta so I can see it.
3. You can post a new photo once each day but don't forget to follow me, tag me, and use the hashtag.
Three simple steps and you are entered to win! I cannot wait to see what you share with us but make certain to leave your Instagram handle in the comments so I can check out your Instagram feed and follow you back.
RULES: Giveaway ends 11:59 pm ET, July 11, 2014. No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia, Eighteen (18) years of age or older. Void where prohibited by law. One lucky winner will be chosen using random.org. One entry per household and IP address. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Cheating will not be tolerated, and entries will be verified for accuracy. I will email the winner and they will have 48 hours to respond to the notification email, or a new winner will be chosen.
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