Tips for Capturing Dad with the Kids // Father’s Day 2014 // Maryland’s Custom Family Photographer

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This week, I’m celebrating dads here on the blog!

Since they are often the photographer and/or they don’t like having their picture taken, I talk a lot about the importance of moms getting in the photo.  I think it’s nice, once you’re grown, to have photographs from your childhood that include ALL of your loved ones.

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During my sessions, not only am I thrilled when I capture a sweet moment between mother and child, but I’m equally happy to document the love between a father and his little one.

So, with Father’s Day coming up this weekend, I’m taking the opportunity to celebrate the amazing fathers in all of our lives!

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Here are a few tips to help you capture some sweet photographs between your children and their dad this weekend:

  • Before you take any pictures, consider the lighting.  Set everyone up in a spot with sufficient, even lighting.  This tutorial on finding open shade is very helpful.
  • Rather than bringing everyone together and telling them to pose and say “cheese” for the camera, I suggest you have them do one of their favorite activities in that spot you previously found with the nice light.  Maybe Dad could read a book to the little ones, or they could play a game of catch, or it could be as simple as capturing breakfast together.  Think of something special that they like to do together and that you would like to capture.
  • After you have them set up in a nicely lit location and they’re doing something fun together, snap a few pictures.  They don’t even need to know you’re photographing them.
  • Once you’ve captured a few of them in action, you could then have them look at the camera for a few more photos.  Think of a few things to say to them or ask them that would get them laughing and interacting.  Inside jokes between all of you.  Anything they may find silly.  If you have to, you could always fall back on good ole, reliable potty humor.
  • After that, keep your camera out and see where the photo “shoot” goes.  You may want to give the camera to Dad and have him take a few photos of you with the kids.  That’s sure to be a gift he’d love to frame and place on his desk.  Or you could use a timer to take a family portrait or keep it simple and take a family selfie.
  • The most important thing is to make it fun for the whole family!

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If you would like me to help capture sweet photographs of your children with their dad (as well as you!), then contact me today!

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Shebli Nikkole HustonJune 11, 2014 - 4:32 pm

Great tips! I love all of the Daddy pictures!

Victoria SimmonsJune 11, 2014 - 4:33 pm

Loved all these photos! And the quotes are too perfect :)

Megan JollyJune 11, 2014 - 6:53 pm

I love this!!! Such thoughtful tips and the pictures are gorgeous too!

Krista Wiles TitsworthJune 11, 2014 - 10:07 pm

Gorgeous daddy pictures! So sweet!

Shannon Therio ThorntonJune 12, 2014 - 11:44 pm

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Heirloom Session Album :: Product Highlight :: Jennifer K Photography

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Want to know my most favorite product that I offer to my clients?  Without a doubt, it’s my Heirloom Session Album.

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These albums are not photo books consisting of thin, glossy pages like your high school textbooks.  They are not meant to bring your family enjoyment just for the short term, and they are not made to collect dust on your book shelf.

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Each time one of my clients purchases one of my Heirloom Session Albums, I’m giddy with excitement and happiness for them because I know we’ve covered all of the bases.  Not only will their family enjoy their sweet and precious images today, but they’ll also be passed down for generations.

I take care of it ALL for them, requiring no work or stress on their part!  When I’m done, there are no guilty feelings about images not living outside of the computer or stress about a hard drive failure.  Everything is properly archived in the best, most beautiful way.

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My Heirloom Session Albums are 8×8 inches and consist of 20 of my clients’ favorite session images, printed and mounted onto thick, sturdy pages.  These album prints are processed through my lab to ensure accurate and consistent color, sharpness and clarity; and each contains a lustre coating, adding a protective matte finish to each page.

Each album is customized and unique to each family and session.  My clients decide on their 20 favorite session images to include in their album as well as the title page inscription and the cover material from over 75 options.

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These albums will last lifetimes and are not only meant to be enjoyed today, but are to be passed down for generations.

For more information about how I can create a gorgeous Heirloom Session Album for your family, get in touch with me today!

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Kayla WhiteJune 4, 2014 - 1:32 pm

These books look amazing! What a fantastic, oh so important, addition to a session. I just love the way you’ve displayed them here!

Stella ReynosoJune 4, 2014 - 1:34 pm

Love this! What gorgeous albums, and I love the variety and quality you have shown! <3

Cynthia DawsonJune 4, 2014 - 1:39 pm

I love, love this album! Such a great keepsake from a session.

Victoria SimmonsJune 4, 2014 - 1:44 pm

These are gorgeous!

Cynthia Greene RagonaJune 4, 2014 - 2:37 pm

Coveting. :)

Shebli Nikkole HustonJune 4, 2014 - 3:09 pm

OMG these are gorgeous!

Nicole JohnsonJune 4, 2014 - 9:58 pm

absolutely gorgeous

Strawberry Picking with our Little Ones // 2014 // Jennifer K Photography

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This year, I’ve been anxious to visit Gorman Farm and try out their pick-your-own strawberries.  But, we stayed on the Eastern Shore this past Memorial Day weekend and when we woke to a gorgeous Saturday morning with no immediate plans, we decided to pick at Lockbriar Farms, just outside of Chestertown.  After picking blueberries and blackberries there last summer, we were pretty sure we weren’t going to be disappointed!

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Berry picking is satisfying in so many ways.

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It doesn’t get any better than spending a couple of hours outside on a beautiful spring morning with my sweet little family.

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Walking up and down the rows and rows of strawberries.  Getting our knees dirty as we kneel to pick each bright red strawberry.  Staining red our hands as we pick and our chins as we sample.  Listening to my daughter declare that “These strawberries are so much juicier than the ones at Giant!”   Teaching my son to pick the red ones, not the white or light pink ones.

This what childhood memories are made of.

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Afterwards, we were rewarded with about 12 pounds of the juiciest and reddest strawberries I’ve ever seen!  For the first time in my life, I understand what all the fuss is about strawberries!  I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to buy a strawberry from the grocery store again.  I’m officially a strawberry snob.

2014-05-26_0007That evening, my girl and I set to work.  We cooked and canned a large batch of my favorite easy, lower sugar strawberry jam.  I started making this strawberry jam several years ago.  It’s my favorite strawberry jam recipe because it’s easy and it calls for less sugar than most jams, so it’s not super sugary sweet.  I love it for breakfast on a slice of crusty bread with a dollop of ricotta cheese.  This weekend we ate it with popovers.  (Every time we make popovers, it takes me back to here.)

That same evening, we also baked two 1-2-3-4 cakes.  Growing up, my Dad has fond memories of his mother making 1-2-3-4 cakes for special occasions.  I typically bake the cakes for my parents birthdays, as well as for my kiddos, and while they may be topped with different frostings and decorated in different ways, I always use this 1-2-3-4 cake recipe from Alice Water’s The Art of Simple Food.

On Saturday, my girl and I baked these cakes for the weekend’s Memorial Day celebrations and I really wanted to make some flag cakes like the ones I remember my great Aunt Madeline baking during my childhood.  Based on Pioneer Woman’s recommendation, I made this white frosting for the first time to top the cakes and it was definitely a keeper.  In addition to being a strawberry snob, I’m very picky when it comes to frosting and I found this recipe extremely yummy and can’t wait to make it again.
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So, if you also went strawberry picking this past weekend, hopefully you found some inspiration for what to do with your crop of berries.  If you haven’t been yet, go!  Make some of these recipes and let me know how you like them!

 

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Victoria SimmonsMay 28, 2014 - 1:28 pm

This looks like so much fun! I’ll have to find somewhere for us to do this now.

Danielle BaileyMay 28, 2014 - 1:28 pm

What a fun adventure! I need to do this with my little one.

Anne MagerMay 29, 2014 - 5:46 pm

Your pictures make me want to go berry picking! I just made the Pioneer Woman’s frosting last month. It was yummy! I have never heard of 1-2-3-4 cakes. I will have to bake one next time there is a special occasion.

Get in the Photo, Moms! // Mother’s Day 2014 // Jennifer K Photography

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I’m always look forward to having a professional photographer capture our entire family and our natural expressions and interactions with each other.  If you follow my Jennifer K Photography Facebook page, then you probably already know that, in between professional shoots, I ask my husband to take care of capturing shots of the kiddos and me every Mother’s Day.  If that’s the only gift I receive on that day, I’m one happy lady.

Not only is it for me, but it’s a gift my kiddos will treasure today as well as down the road.  I want them to not only know that I was here for their childhood too, but I want them to have photographs that show my love for them and the fun times we have together.  The shots we’ve taken these past 3 years already mean the world to me.

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Just because I’m a custom portrait photographer that specializes in capturing genuine interactions and expressions between young children and their families doesn’t mean that these mommy and kiddo shots are easily captured (or any photos I take of my family for that matter!)

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For last year’s Mother’s Day photo with the kids, we let them continue playing during our shoot.  The fun didn’t stop just because we started taking pictures.  For my son, that meant playing with his toy trucks while my daughter picked flowers from my clematis vine.  During our Mother’s Day photo session from two years ago, you’ll see in that blog post that we patiently waited while my 2-year old daughter literally ran circles around us.

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This year, after taking the obligatory everyone-look-at-the-camera shot, we let the kids play.  I joined in, my husband snapped away, and the kids and I got soaked while my hubby stayed dry!

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If you also desire to have images of you with your children without the stress and hassle of doing it yourself, contact me!  We’ll discuss how we can capture photographs that show the love within your family and the fun times you have together.

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Cynthia Greene RagonaMay 21, 2014 - 8:01 pm

What a fantastic idea for photographer moms. I’m going to remember this idea for the next Mother’s Day.

Custom Lifestyle Newborn Photo Session // Maryland’s Baby Photographer // Jennifer K Photography

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Boy, had she grown in just the two weeks since our newborn session!  It never ceases to amaze me how rapidly our little ones grow and change over such short periods of time!

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In a blink of an eye their toes are no longer itty bitty.  Before you know it, they’re chubby Flintstone feet like my 2 year old son’s:-)

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I’m always thankful for cameras and their ability to stop time and capture the moment.  (I know I’m not sharing anything new with you!)

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Before we know it, this little sweetheart will be toddling around, but her parents and loved ones will always have these precious memories and images to treasure.

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 Wanna see more squishy babies?  Click here to see more of my work, featuring many of Central Maryland’s most amazing children and families!

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Shebli Nikkole HustonMay 14, 2014 - 3:02 pm

So sweet!

Keri McCarraher TexMay 14, 2014 - 3:13 pm

I love the bright colors and the natural feel of these. Gorgeous session!

Joanna FeeMay 14, 2014 - 4:21 pm

Beautiful!!

Niki CollisMay 14, 2014 - 4:46 pm

Aww! She is precious! Beautiful photos!