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Tips for Getting Kids (Especially Siblings!) to Cooperate – Photosanity | Huntington Beach & Newport Beach Children’s Photographer

As many of you know, I mentor for Photosanity, an online workshop that helps parents take better photos of their kids and get a handle on organizing, editing, and sharing those photos!

This week’s lesson is on how to get your children to cooperate in front of the camera, something that a lot of parents struggle with!  The lesson is filled with all kinds of tips and strategies.  Below are my favorite tips for photographing siblings and groups of kids.  Most of the time, I take the approach of playing down the fact that I’m taking photos.  I love capturing kids interacting when they don’t even notice I’m there.  It allows me to get the most natural expressions and candid moments.

Tip #1: Have them play a game.  If they’re older, then a fun board game can be great—pick something that you know will make them laugh.  For younger kids, try hand-clapping games like patty cake or have them do a few rounds of Ring Around the Rosie and London Bridge.

Here’s one of my favorite children’s portraits from a day at Huntington Beach celebrating at a 5-year-old’s beach birthday party.  These two boys were completely oblivious to me as they played patty cake.  I especially love the orange Cheetos fingers!

Huntington Beach / Newport Beach child photography portrait (kids' birthday party, Long Beach & Corona Del Mar, 5-year-olds)

Tip #2: Give ‘em some colored chalk and get them out on the sidewalk!  Kids, chalk, and sidewalks are a terrific combination and full of photo opportunities, with the added bonus that you can photograph their finished product!  Ideally you’ll want them working on the same drawing—have them come up with an idea for a drawing together, or you can come up with one as a new, exciting challenge for them.

Tip #3: And while they’re on the sidewalk, don’t forget about hopscotch, jump rope, and a big sidewalk version of tic-tac-toe!  These games will keep them active and having a good time, but not moving around so much that you can’t capture the moments.

I’ll be blogging about future workshop lessons so be sure to “like” me on Facebook to get the latest updates!

Five Triggers That Will Improve Your Photos – Photosanity | Arcadia & Pasadena Engagement Session Photographer

When I’m not photographing gorgeous weddings or sweet family portraits, I mentor for Photosanity, an online workshop that helps parents take better photos of their kids and get a handle on organizing, editing, and sharing those photos!

The workshop just started last week, and this week’s lesson is about what to look for to get the best photos.  We talk about five triggers that can really make a difference in your photography: emotion, significance, light, composition, and environment.

Below is a favorite photo of mine from my latest engagement session!

I adore how much love and tenderness Ginille and Kenny portray in this image (emotion).  Looking at it just makes me smile every time.  We chose a spot in open shade (light) and took advantage of the sun being low enough in the sky to come just over the brick wall, creating lovely hair light.  I placed them off-center in the frame, with Kenny at one of the vertical “thirds” (composition), and of course, we were celebrating their engagement (significance)!

Arcadia / Pasadena engagement session photography / Los Angeles wedding photography / Altadena

I’ll be blogging about future workshop lessons so be sure to “like” me on Facebook to get the latest updates!

Marci - Beautiful example with such a wonderfully composed, interesting perspective and well naturally designed photo! Great lesson for us all!!February 10, 2012 – 6:47 am

South Pasadena & Altadena Wedding Photography | Nickole & Robert Part II

More of my favorites from Nickole and Robert’s Los Angeles wedding photos!  Before the sun set, we took some time for a few wedding portraits.

South Pasadena wedding photography / wedding reception photos / wedding portraits for Nickole & Robert
South Pasadena wedding photography / wedding reception photos / wedding portraits for Nickole & Robert
South Pasadena wedding photography / wedding reception photos / wedding portraits for Nickole & Robert

Their wedding reception was a blast!  They had such a fun dancing group, and Nickole & Robert themselves are fantastic dancers.

Altadena wedding photography / wedding reception photos for Nickole & Robert
Altadena wedding photography / wedding reception photos for Nickole & Robert

This next one is one of my favorite photos from the reception.

San Gabriel Valley wedding photography / wedding reception photos for Nickole & Robert

Congratulations again, you two!

Altadena wedding photography / wedding reception photos for Nickole & Robert

If you missed the first post, you can check out San Marino & La Canada Flintridge wedding photos of Nickole & Robert here!

To learn more about working with us for your wedding day, call us at (626) 298-2946, or e-mail truc@bambooshootsphoto.com.

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San Marino & La Canada Flintridge Wedding Photography | Nickole & Robert

Nickole and Robert’s Los Angeles wedding day was full of emotion and and so many wonderful moments.  I’m thrilled to share these wedding photos with you.  Nickole and Robert, thank you for trusting us with your beautiful day.  We were honored to be a part of it, and we wish you both the best!

San Marino wedding photography / wedding ceremony for Nickole & Robert
San Marino wedding photography / wedding ceremony for Nickole & Robert
San Marino wedding photography / wedding ceremony for Nickole & Robert

Nickole, you looked stunning and so radiant.

La Canada Flintridge wedding photography / wedding ceremony for Nickole & Robert
La Canada Flintridge wedding photography / wedding ceremony for Nickole & Robert
La Canada Flintridge wedding photography / wedding ceremony for Nickole & Robert
South Pasadena wedding photography / wedding ceremony for Nickole & Robert
South Pasadena wedding photography / wedding ceremony for Nickole & Robert

I love that you can catch a glimpse of a teardrop on Nickole’s lower lash in this next image.  Nickole’s vows were my absolute favorite part of the wedding ceremony.

South Pasadena wedding photography / wedding ceremony for Nickole & Robert

And married!

Arcadia wedding photography / wedding ceremony for Nickole & Robert
Arcadia wedding photography / wedding ceremony for Nickole & Robert
Arcadia wedding photography / wedding ceremony for Nickole & Robert

If you missed it, check out the Glendale, Arcadia, Burbank wedding photography sneak peek of Nickole & Robert here!

You can also see a few more of the South Pasadena & Altadena wedding photos of Nickole & Robert here.

Glendale, Arcadia, Burbank Wedding Photography | Nickole & Robert’s Los Angeles Wedding Day Sneak Peek » Los Angeles Children, Family, & Baby Portraits - Los Angeles Wedding Photography - BAMBOO SHOOTS PHOTOGRAPHY - […] San Marino & La Canada Flintridge wedding photos of Nickole & Robert posted! Tags: Alhambra wedding photography, Altadena, anniversary session, Arcadia […]March 15, 2012 – 6:15 am

Kim - You captured their joy so well! And I love the photo with the teardrop on her lashes!February 10, 2012 – 7:20 pm

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May - Lovely moment, lovely photos!!February 2, 2012 – 7:33 am

Glendale, Arcadia, Burbank Wedding Photography | Nickole & Robert’s Los Angeles Wedding Day Sneak Peek

Here’s a quick sneak peek from Nickole and Robert’s beautiful Los Angeles wedding photos!  Nickole and Robert are such an adorable couple, and it was an absolute joy to be a part of their day.  More coming up soon!

Glendale, Arcadia, Burbank Wedding Photography | Nickole & Robert's Los Angeles wedding day portrait photos

In the meantime, you can find more South Pasadena & Glendale wedding photography here!

UPDATE: San Marino & La Canada Flintridge wedding photos of Nickole & Robert posted!

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Evan - You really brought out their happiness!January 18, 2012 – 8:49 am

Photosanity for Parents! | Pasadena, Glendale, & Los Angeles Family Photographer

Frustrated and overwhelmed with all your photos?  Take the photosanity workshop for parents!

Do you love taking photos of your kids but are frustrated with the results?  Do you have thousands of photos on your hard drive but don’t know what to do with them?

Check out the photosanity workshop, an amazing online workshop for parents that will help you not just take better photos, but get a handle on organizing, editing, and sharing them too!

The workshop is taught by NYC family photographer and mom Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick.  And guess what?  I’ve just been brought on board to be one of the mentors!  I’m super excited about being a part of this program, so I would love to have you join me!

Plus, you can use coupon code BSP20 to get a 20% discount off the photosanity bundle which starts on January 31!

Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, Los Angeles Children's Photographer

Evan - Great idea! You’re a great mentor, and I’m sure lots of parents would like you to teach them how to take beautiful photos of their kiddos.January 10, 2012 – 7:18 am

San Marino, La Canada Flintridge, Pasadena High School Senior Portrait Photography | Nicole, Class of 2012, & Horse

Nicole’s senior portrait photo session with her horse, Dee, resulted in so many gorgeous images that here are a few more.

San Marino, La Canada Flintridge, Pasadena high school senior portrait photography class of 2012 (Glendale girl with horse, Burbank / Beverly Hills junior portrait photos)

This next one is one of my favorite portraits of the two of them.

San Marino, La Canada Flintridge, Pasadena high school senior portrait photography class of 2012 (Glendale girl with horse, Burbank / Beverly Hills junior portrait photos)
San Marino, La Canada Flintridge, Pasadena high school senior portrait photography class of 2012 (Glendale girl with horse, Burbank / Beverly Hills junior portrait photos)
San Marino, La Canada Flintridge, Pasadena high school senior portrait photography class of 2012 (Glendale girl with horse, Burbank / Beverly Hills junior portrait photos)
San Marino, La Canada Flintridge, Pasadena high school senior portrait photography class of 2012 (Glendale girl with horse, Burbank / Beverly Hills junior portrait photos)

If you missed the first post, you can check out Glendale, South Pasadena, Burbank, LA high school & college senior portrait photos with Nicole (class of 2012) & her horse here!

Evan - Great photos! If I were a senior, I’d book now to make sure I got my photos before graduation!December 14, 2011 – 11:24 am

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