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Mother’s Day is the perfect time to make a point to get in the family photos. Here are 3 Reasons Why You Need to Be In Photos Now, along with inspiration from our latest Mother’s Day photo shoot.
You might think this article is just about a Mother’s Day photo shoot with my daughter, but I want to make it clear that this is much more important than pretty photos.
What I am writing today is a powerful reminder for you… yes, I’m talking to you!
Last week marked the two-year anniversary of my mother’s death. This weekend, we found out that my husband’s mother died unexpectedly. Now both of our moms are gone, and many years before we expected to lose them. A few days before finding out about my mother-in-law’s passing, I received these beautiful photos from our Mother’s Day photo shoot with the amazing Sue Bryce.
I thought out of respect for the recent death in our family, I would not share my Mother’s Day photos right away. But, then I thought about you and the other women reading this. I decided to share my story and photos in hopes that you would be inspired to get IN THE PHOTOS with your kids, your mother, father or other family members who are dear to you. I know my mother-in-law would approve of this message. So here I am writing to let you know that YOU are beautiful, no matter what size of clothes you wear, how old you are, or if your teeth are crooked or straight.
This message is important for you to hear. I hope you keep reading…
3 Reasons Why You Need to Be In Photos Now
1. It’s The Best Gift You Can Give
With Mother’s Day coming up soon, I encourage you to get in the photos with your kids. Give your kids the gift of you! Please listen to someone who has had both of her parents and in-laws die at a young age. Photos are an important part of your children’s memories. Without them, it’s often hard to conjure up memories. Isn’t it crazy how as soon as you look at a photo, memories come flooding back? Getting beautiful photos taken of yourself is not silly, it’s not vain, its not a waste of money. It’s a cherished memory captured forever. It’s important.
My daughter and I will NEVER forget our trip to California for these photos. It was worth every penny to have this special time with my little girl. You can bet I’m going to be nagging my teenage son to take photos with me soon. (I can picture him running away right now. ha!) No worries with this one, she RUNS to the camera!
2. Someday You Will Wish You Did It Sooner
I always tell people, 10 years from now you will look back at photos of yourself and wish you looked that young, that skinny or that healthy again! I hope by sharing my Mother’s Day photos today that you will be inspired to get in a photo and not worry so much about your appearance. I bet you look pretty darn good!
My mom was a gorgeous woman, yet she never wanted to be in our photos. I wish I had more photos of us together now! No matter how much I might dread photos, I make a point to get in them with my kids as much as possible. I may not be happy with the way I look, wish I was skinner, younger, etc, but my kids don’t care, they love me for who I am.
3. A Good Photographer Can Perform Miracles
This is no joke! A good photographer knows how to pose you to look your best, and will use lighting that performs miracles! I’m glad I didn’t put this off to lose a certain amount of weight, I just got in the photos and trusted that the photographer would make me look amazing! When you have photos taken by the fabulous Sue Bryce, that is a no brainer! Seriously, if you have a great photographer, plus hair and make-up, you will feel like a princess.
I want to walk around in this pose all day with someone holding lights and a fan on me, because I do NOT look like this in person. LOL!!! Miracles I tell ya!
Don’t wait to book a photo session with a photographer, because some have very long wait lists. Find someone who can help you with your hair and make-up if you aren’t sure what to do. You deserve to feel like a queen for a day! Remember you are giving this gift to your children. They will cherish photos of you long into their old age and be happy to pass them down to generations. Make time for this… it’s important, just like you.
Please Share Your Photos!
If you take photos with your kids, please share them with me! I’d love to see!!
Here are four ways to share your photos:
- Use the hashtag #LivingLocurto on Instagram
- Share on my Living Locurto Facebook Page
- Share in our Private Facebook Group
- Send photos via e-mail, sign up for my emails here if you don’t already get them.
Here are photos of my mom, Virginia and my husband’s mom, Carol dancing at our wedding. May you both be dancing, smiling and taking lots of photos now in heaven. We miss you both so much!
Taking photos during our vacations is an irresistible urge. It’s our way of documenting our travels and memories, and a way to capture the extraordinary destinations we visit and take a part of it home with us. Unfortunately, not everyone has the natural talent for photography; and nothing is more disappointing than coming back from your vacation and realizing that none of your photos have done your vacation spot justice.
You may not have the innate aptitude for taking photos, but there are a few simple ways to take better vacation photos. Start with these five.
Shoot During the Golden Hour
Also called the Magic Hour, the few minutes right after sunrise and the few minutes before sunset are the best times to take photos, especially of landscapes. This is because the light is warmer, but not overly bright; and it’s considerably softer, casting a beautiful glow that makes for a more photogenic and more appealing scene. Alternately, sunsets cast a warm golden light on landscapes and are a great time to take photos as well.
Shoot with the Sun Behind You
Shooting during the Golden Hour may not always be feasible, especially since you’re probably out exploring in between. Another trick you can do for better vacation photographs is to shoot with the sun behind you—not above or in front of you—during the day. Shooting towards the sun will result in unflattering shots; while shooting with it behind you makes for well-lit scenes and more vibrant colors. This also means that midday photos, when the sun is high above you, may not be the best idea as it will result in overblown highlights and very dark shadows.
Look for Colors
During your vacation, find beautiful scenes that are simply bursting with colors. Vibrant colors are attractive and make your photos look more fun and engaging. Keep an eye out for an orange wall decorated with pink bougainvilleas or a blue house with yellow trimmings or even a landscape scene painted with the hues of fall with an emerald green river running across it. Vibrant colors against negative space also make for more interesting photographs.
Note Your Framing
Many people’s problem when taking photos is they don’t pay attention to the framing, which can lead to a number of things that can ruin what could have been a great photo—a passerby’s arm on the edge, a tilted seascape, an unflattering sign… When framing your photo, make sure to consider everything within your viewfinder. Keep an eye out for unnecessary things, and adjust your framing or zoom in a little. Also, when taking photographs of landscapes and seascapes and landscapes, make sure that the horizon is not overly tilted to one side, ruining the shot. And do remember the rule of thirds.
Experiment with Angles & Vantage Points
When you’re taking a photo of something, remember to take extra ones from different angles and vantage points. A photo of a flower may be better if you’re on the ground on your belly than if you’re standing over it because it will let you frame in the setting sun in the background. An overlook shot of the family may be better if you’re taking it from a higher ground or from a different spot. Especially if you have time to spare, you’re better off taking the extra time to shoot from other angles and perspectives as this will give you different results and more options to choose from when you’re picking the perfect photos for your photo album.
Michelle Rae Uy contributed this to MiniTime. She is a travel writer based in Los Angeles and MiniTime’s Head of Content, who spends her free time on adventures and film photography.
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