A little family-time hiatus

When we started working on the concept of Mum the Photographer we had four children between us. And just a couple of years later there are now seven running around! Its been busy.

And if there is one thing we’ve learnt it’s that time marches on so quickly, and our children change in the blink of an eye. We don’t want to miss a moment. And so its for that reason that we are going to have a break from posting on Mum the Photographer so that we can concentrate on our families. We hope you understand.

The website and blog aren’t going anywhere … you still have access to over 240 posts to help you with photographing your own families and of course our members can still access the learning modules.

Best of luck with continuing to document your own children and their beautiful childhood.  It is that shared passion which has bought this community together.  Here’s a few recent shots of our munchkins to close out.

Take care

Janet & Liana xx

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How does it make you feel?

A couple of weeks ago I had a beautiful afternoon with Will … he’d finished school early after a sports carnival and we had lunch out together (with Quinn, and man did she make a mess!!). He is such a wonderful date as he loves to chat. He mentioned that he thought it was time for a haircut so we popped into the Barber before heading home. He asked me to take a photo for my husband to see his new haircut and Quinn was sitting in her highchair next to him. I quickly took this photo before gathering up the tooth brushes as we were all heading to the dentist that afternoon.

I’d quickly checked the photo on the display screen of my camera before running out the door and I thought I had a real winner. They’d both been so happy. I remember wanting to get home that afternoon so I could download the photo properly. Of course nothing went to plan and it wasn’t until the next day that I opened the photo on my computer. Much to my dismay, I’d “stuffed” it up … Will was sharply in focus but Quinn was not. But I still kept coming back to it.

It doesn’t matter if your photo is perfect …. ask yourself how it makes you feel? And don’t ask your perfectionist brain, rely on what your heart is telling you. When I look at this photo of my children, I’m not focussing on the imperfect focus, I just feel love and joy. So its a definite keeper. Of course next time I’ll try to make it “perfect”. But life often gets busy, its been 3 weeks since I took this photo and despite my intentions to take another like it, I haven’t.

Don’t disregard an “imperfect photo” if when you look at it, it makes you smile! Because if it does this, it really is a perfect photo afterall!!

Janet x

PS. I did edit this photo to reduce the contrast between the sharp focus on Will and the soft focus on Quinn.

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How I chose my pro photographer

With the arrival of my number four, the beautiful Thomas, I knew that I needed some professional photos to help commemorate this special time.  We haven’t had pro photos taken with every child.  But being our last, I just knew that I’d regret it if I let his babyhood slip by without a few lovely shots of the two of us together.

My key piece of advice to anyone considering having professional shots taken is “keep searching until you find a photographer whose work you immediately fall in love with”.  I chose Broderick Photography, and am absolutely thrilled with the result.  I knew as soon as I landed on the Broderick Photography home page (see image below) that she was the photographer for me!  Her images were so artistic, and in all the right tones for what I had in mind.

I’m writing this post because there is a lot to consider when choosing a pro photographer, so I’m going to explain my thinking behind my choice.

I began by considering what I wanted to actually DO with the photos.  This is a really crucial thing to consider before choosing your photographer.  I wasn’t after an album or a DVD full of photos – I take a gazillion photos of my own kids for those purposes!  What I really wanted were 1 or 2 lovely photos that I could enlarge and hang in my bedroom.  I specifically wanted something a bit ‘arty’, but still relaxed, and something that celebrated me being a young mum having finished the creation of our family.  I also wanted the photo to be timeless as  I plan to have it on the wall for … well, forever!

I initially turned to google and was a little underwhelmed by the plethora of choices I was faced with.  Don’t get me wrong, some amazing photographers popped up, but none of them had the ‘feel’ that I was looking for.  On a whim I re-visited the blog of our wedding photographer (from all those years ago!) and I just KNEW immediately that she was the lady for me.  The photos on Juanita’s website were exactly the type of artistic look I was hoping to achieve.

Here’s a handful of the photos from the shoot.  My biggest problem now is deciding which one to enlarge and frame!  This is a good problem to have!

If you find yourself in the market for a professional photographer, I definitely urge you to keep searching until you find one whose photos you simply love.  The photographer’s portfolio will show off the style of photos that you will receive, so it’s super important that you have an immediate connection to the photos on their website.  It also helps to have a really clear idea of what you want to do with your photos.  That way you can communicate your vision with the photographer and they will have the best chance of giving you something you will treasure forever.

Liana xx

 

 

 

 

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Nine tips to take a beautiful portrait …

We were asked to write an article for Photobox with nine tips to help an amateur photographer take a great portrait … click over to the article to see what we said.

It was hard to decide exactly what to include and of course it really depends on the situation you are in at the time. Reading back over the article I think there is one big one missing … practice. Luckily practising with your camera gives you a hard result … a photo of your child if you happen to be a Mum the Photographer. Sure, they might not all be winners but if you’ve been following along with us for awhile now then take a look back at where you’ve come from. I reckon you’ll see that the practice is paying off.

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In Love with the Little Moments App

I’m a bit lazy when it comes to using the camera on my phone. I don’t feel the need to be up there with amazing iphonographers … in fact, I think one of the reasons I love using my phone so much is that I don’t judge myself for the photos that I take using it. Of course, now that I need to put my camera snaps up on the blog I’m not loving them so much! I love simple apps that let you quickly (and easily … I hate reading instructions!) jazz up a photo. So I’ve been eagerly awaiting the new Little Moments app by Chantelle, the author of Fat Mum Slim. And the wait was absolutely worth it because its fantastic!

The filters are fresh and there is a great variety. I’ve been having a bit of a play over the last few days and my favourites to date are Candy, Lucky, Peta and Rowe. Like the new update to instagram, you can control the strength of the filter to optimise it to your photo.  Its so easy to add text, position it and change the colour. And there are a heap of great fonts.  You can add a bit of whimsy to your photos with the some little doodles called “Full of Fun” and the “Life Inspired” quotes are just lovely.

One of the best parts of this app is that you aren’t constrained to just square images. The Little Moments App gives you the option of 1:1, 3:4, and 4:3.

If you play along in Fat Mum Slims’s Photo-A-Day you get oh so handy daily prompt reminders. I think this is going to make it so much easier for me to play along, which I am doing again this month. Remember, I don’t feel the need to take perfect photos … today’s prompt was Red & White. While its not a perfect photo what I do love about it is that we had fun taking it and playing around with her red tutu and beads! Over the course of the day, I realised how many red and white things there are around us. The prompt was a nod to Canada Day which made me think of some dear friends! I’m looking forward to being a part of this Photo-a-Day project so that I spend more time taking in hat is around me rather than just seeing the same things.

If you love taking photos using your iPhone then this beautiful app is well worth a look … so many people agree that it is the #1 downloaded app! Click here to download it and then pop on over to Fat Mum Slim to tell Chantelle just how clever you think she is! I can’t wait to use it more!!

Janet x

 

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Chantelle - Thank you so much for sharing. I loved your post. xxx

Janet - Mum the Photographer - Its such a great app Chantelle. Its very eviden how much work you’ve put into it. Such a polished piece of work. Thank you!