Brothers | Carlisle PA Family Photographer

One thing they're always teaching you in photography workshops or online tutorials (and something I teach moms in my How to Take Better Photos of Your Kids lessons), is that you really shouldn't keep more than one of the "same" picture. I guarantee you do it. We all do it. You take a bunch of photos of your little cutie being... well... cute. And guess what? They're all keepers because, for once in her life, your crazy little girl smiled right at the camera and gave you a big cheesy grin over and over and over. Of course you just snapped away while she did that - it was solid gold!!! But afterward, I'm not kidding, you should delete all of those except 1, maybe 2. Even if they're all good, you can't keep them all. What are you going to do with near duplicates of one good photo? Nothing. You aren't going to print both. You won't post both. You shouldn't keep both. 

Unless of course you want to break your own rules (insert that arm raised emoji here) and keep more than one. I love the story these three photos tell when put together. What it's like to be the older brother, what it's like to be the younger brother, what it's like to have a built in best friend to get in trouble with all day long... 

Taking Better Pictures of Your Kids

Do you find yourself taking a gazillion pictures of your kids? Don't lie, I know you do :) Those kiddos are too stinkin' cute not to right??! BUT do you also find yourself wishing you could figure out the secret to getting awesome pictures of your kids just like those hip west coast mom bloggers? It's ok... I do too. There are a lot of factors that go into those amazing photos and there are certainly some that we can't do anything about (I'm looking at you eternally long PA winter!). The good news is that there are also lots of things you CAN do to improve the photos you take of your kids. I'm working on a little something I can offer to help you mama's out, but for now, I want you think about this... 

WHAT STORY DOES YOUR PHOTO TELL?

Every photo you end up keeping on your phone/computer/hard drive should either be INSANELY cute or it should tell a story. You photos should do more than just document what your kids look like. If that's all our photos could do, we'd really only need a handful each year. It is my belief, however, that photos should take you back in time and make you say “Oh my gosh! That's right! Remember when xyz happened!”. Preserving memories is our goal!

When you're ready to take a photo, stop and ask yourself why you're compelled to snap at that moment. Is it because your son proudly dressed himself and put his shorts on backward? Or maybe your daughter went down the slide for the first time on her own? Whatever it is, make sure the photo you take tells that story. 

It takes practice, but it's worth it! And I'ma keep working on a little something to teach some techniques that make it a bit easier. Pinky promise.