When I first became obsessed with learning my Canon Rebel, I would bring my camera on as many outings with my girls as possible. Now, during this stage of exhaustive motherhood, I had a toddler and an infant. I had been shooting for awhile, but was just really understanding manual mode. I'd also started following several incredible photographers and became a member of the Clickin Moms community.
I was blown away with other MomTogs and how they were catching these incredible moments while out with their children. Why couldn't I do that?! So, the camera went in the diaper bag, usually wrapped around a spare burp cloth and I just said a silent prayer that my daughter's sippy cup wouldn't leak all over it.
I was particularly drawn to images of kids at restaurants, swimming at the pool or cruising the aisles of Target. Probably because this is how my life looked! I wanted to capture each moment and stage of their development and our days together.
But, oh goodness, was there plenty of frustration and growth during this period. For starters, overhead lighting at Target is not ideal for a custom white balance and shooting at the beach around 11 am while my kids RUN around wildly is.. a bit hard you could say, haha!
However, I was persistent. I knew that if I could shoot in these challenging scenarios, anything was possible. I had no inclination to start a business at all, I was just a Mom who loved photographing her kids. And her friends' kids. And any kid or face that would let me.
So Momma, bring your camera. Let go of the anxiety of feeling awkward and just bring it. You're already packing the entire contents of your house when taking out small children, so what's one more thing?! LOL!
Trust me - you'll be so grateful you challenged yourself AND captured unique images of your kids' everyday life. Images they will look back on with fondness. Images that represent your love for them and also your own determination to work on a hobby that lights you up.
Ready to get out of Auto Mode?? I would LOVE to help! Teaching Moms is a huge source of joy in my life. Only Little Once 101 Workshop is Saturday, May 13th in Virginia Beach from 2-5.
The workshop includes:
- A manual for note-taking
- Opportunity to practice your new skills
- Access to the private, Facebook group full of incredibly supportive MomTogs
- Photography challenges
- Continued education and opportunities to grow your skills
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