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Dec 2013 09

From time to time, I like to write up personal posts. This is one of them. The title on this blog post may be a bit misleading, but you’ll see what I mean when I start talking about personal photos.  Some of these tips are just  a good old fashioned, snap out of it and document your life! We have birth  certificates that show we were born, death certificates to show that we died, our photos and photo books are the only memories to show .. that we lived!

1. Stop Editing Yourself out of Your Kids’ Memories

I just need need to lose ten more pounds before I get snapped with my family. My hair is a mess, I think I’ll just take a picture of the kids. Well these types of excuses are just that, excuses. Your family and children love you as you are – they loved you at your best and your worst.  Your kids look up to you and love you. It’s all in your head how you think you should look for a picture. My daughter took a picture of me helping my son up at a holiday store to see what color sparkles he wanted. My hair was in a pony tail, I was wrestling with an 8-year-old and the photo made me laugh so much, that it’s definitely being printed. These are the kind of moments I cherish, fleeting and funny. If I would have worried about how I looked, this moment would have been gone for good. It’s wonderful to see myself through my children’s eyes.

 

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2. Stop Micro-Managing your Memories

Every year we get ready to make our coveted ginger bread houses. I wanted to  intervene and help the 8 year old with his house, but again, it was so funny because he kind of had a difficult time, but rolled with it. He said his clone troopers destroyed it and  set up some of his men to prove it. Meanwhile, the 12 year old looked like she built a french chateau. The image of these two ginger bread houses side by side just shows me how different my kids are and how funny and talented they truly are. I’m glad I let my son do as he wished and let his imagination run wild. He did the ol’ plan “b” — and made it work for him and he was so proud of it.

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3. They Make Faces and Act Up, It’s OK

I asked my children to just go over by the tree for one quick picture. Well, it turned into a 3 ring circus. We had to get the dog in the picture, she is after all part of the family. We had to fake cry that I was putting them through a lot of torture for this one picture. Plus we had a child who could not sit still or stop making faces. I did not get that one perfect looking at me and smiling at the camera shot. I am ok with this, as this is my life and it is a more true reflection of the shenanigans that go on at our house.  It’s silly, it’s happy it’s not perfect.

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4. Include Other’s Photos

My children are at an age now where they like to take pictures with their ipods and my iphone. They might take a picture of the presents or their favorite ornament. Give them challenges of things to take pictures of around the house. For instance, take a picture of your favorite ornament. These are a reflection of how they see the holidays and what gets them excited.

 

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5. Put it ALL Together in a Photo Book

This is the most important step. Your photo books never crash or defragment. Those jpegs need to live and breathe in a photo book. For little ones especially, they like the feel and touch of going through the photo books and pointing to different people and items.  Now some of my images are a lower quality from my iphone, but I know this going in, so I’ll keep those smaller, no bigger than a 6×6 but the rest I can go larger. Organize your images loosely from decorating, to baking to the final days of present opening.  In the end, the photo book will be a true, personal reflection of your lives and the holidays. This is not for your clients or for your business, this is for you and your family. Make it real and make it memorable. Life’s too short to be perfect. If you are looking for some inspiration on photo books check out our holiday gallery HERE. 

 

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Written by Libby for Adoramapix.

 

Dec 2013 09

It’s the 12 Days of Holiday Giving Contest — Day 3! You can win a Spark Lens from LensBaby! You can enter up to four times daily. Simply comment below on our blog, on our Youtube Channel, our Facebook fanpage and retweet our message on Twitter. The more social you are, the greater your chances of winning!

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Dec 2013 06

Welcome to the 12 Days of Holiday Giving by Adoramapix. Today is day 2. You’ll see you can win a $150 gift card to Adorama simply by leaving a comment below you are entered. You can also leave a message HERE on our YOUTUBE channel, leave a message HERE on our facebook page or retweet or message on Twitter. Good luck everyone.

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Dec 2013 05

Welcome to the 12 Days of Holiday Giving by Adoramapix. Today is day 1. You’ll see you can win a 10×10-50 page photo book simply by leaving a comment below you are entered. You can also leave a message HERE on our YOUTUBE channel, leave a message HERE on our facebook page or retweet or message on Twitter. Good luck everyone.

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Dec 2013 03

Are you shopping for a camera for your child this holiday season?  Do you want to introduce your children to the wonders of photography, without sacrificing your fragile iPhone or pricey camera in the process?  With all the stuff out there this holiday season, a camera is a relatively inexpensive gift that will last for years, while providing hours of education and creativity in kids as young as two years old.  Adoramapix Ambassador, Jay B. Wilson of Jay B. Wilson Photography gives us five tips on introducing your kids to the amazing world of photography.

 

1. Avoid “Toy” Cameras  - There are a lot of toy cameras out there, and while they may seem like an easy choice for your child, I’d caution you on most.  They tend to take extremely poor quality images – something they might have lived with ten years ago, but if your kid has experimented with your smartphone camera, he or she is going to be disappointed.   Yes, they’ve got princesses and superheros plastered all over them, which may get you some big smiles when they’re unwrapped, but kids aren’t dumb – they’ll lose interest quickly if they can’t really enjoy the images they create.   And you’ll be frustrated too, trying to explain why that photo of the cat they worked so hard to get looks like a furry smudge.

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2. Go for Durability - Any camera you get for your child is going to get dropped, stepped on, thrown, and generally mistreated.  Yes, you want to instill a sense of responsibility and care in your child, but if you teach him or her to treat their camera like a delicate flower, with constant admonishments to “be careful!” they’re going to be afraid to use it.   One of the most important considerations for pro photographers when choosing a camera is feeling comfortable with it in our hands and having a good “build quality” – it’s durable and will stand up to constant use.  Take it a step further with your child’s camera and choose a water-proof, shock-proof model.  Not only will this give you peace of mind your investment won’t be listed on eBay for parts by New Year’s, your child will be able to take it to the playground, to the beach, and even in the water, which will open up creative possibilities they wouldn’t have if the camera had to stay home.  I particularly like the Nikon Coolpix S31 - which comes in a variety of colors (yes, even pink!) is waterproof to 5 meters, and takes HD video.  Best of all, it’s less than $100 and you can find it HERE on the Adorama site.

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3. Get Them Inspired - One of my favorite bedtime activities with my daughter is to scroll through my Instagram feed looking a photos from around the world.   She’s developed a specific taste in styles and subjects – she despises black & white – and loves recognizing locations and photographers she’s familiar with.  Share the photos that you’re taking – of family events, vacations, and more – preferably on the big screen of your computer or television, so that your child gets the full effect of what a powerful image can be.  Take her to a photography museum like ICP, or a local gallery in your town.  Find some fun photography books like Underwater Dogs at the library or bookstore.  Stoke your child’s imagination with the possibilities of their new camera, and they’ll have a head start on creating beautiful images.

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4. Print! - Sadly, with the proliferation of social media and smartphones, printing photographs is done less and less frequently.  But there’s something about holding a photograph in your hands, or hanging it on a wall, that makes the process so much more fulfilling.  Children love to make stuff, so don’t let that memory card fill up and sit in a desk drawer somewhere.  Whether you use a home printer (I love the Canon Pixma series), a local drugstore,  or a professional lab like Adoramapix in NYC (yes, they ship!) I really think it’s imperative that you DO something with those photos.  Let her decorate her room with framed photos that she’s taken herself.  Let your preschooler take some 4×6 prints from his holiday break for show and tell.   And with photobooks, prints on canvas, and other photo products, the possibilities really are endless.

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5. Don’t Push It - You’ve bought the perfect camera, made prints of your child’s work, encouraged her to bring it along on vacation.  But she’s just not taking to it as you had hoped.  Don’t force the issue.  In my experience, trying to force a new hobby or interest on a child who isn’t receptive is doomed to failure, and may close their minds to other experiences.  Perhaps he’ll never develop an interest, but maybe it’s just not the right time.  Conversely, if he takes to photography like a fish to water, encourage him.  Lots of schools and community centers have photography classes for kids as young as kindergarten.  As with any skill, photography takes lots of practice – the sooner you start her off, the sooner you may have the next Vivian Maier on your hands.

Thank you to guest blogger and Adoramapix Ambassador Jay B. Wilson of Jay B. Wilson Photography for these insightful and fun tips in getting your kids introduced to the world of photography.

 

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