Category Archives: Family photography

Thankfulness for Families

We can be thankful to God for our families this Thanksgiving. I had the privilege of taking photos of this lovely family a couple of months ago. We did a photo shoot together a couple of years ago – they are a very easy family to work with, and it’s interesting to see the changes in their children as they grow.

Children … gift from God

Often when we take photos of our children, we think we need to be have them pose and say “cheese”. This does not always work out well, as the pictures don’t always look natural. It’s best to take photos of them doing things when they aren’t aware of the camera. If you can set them up to do something, it isn’t long before they forget that you have your camera with you. The photos will turn out much more natural and will capture more of their personalities.

Children are a gift from the Lord.

Having Fun when Taking Photos

What is most important when we take photos of our families? Do we need to make sure that everything is perfect, and everyone is posed just so? Or do we need to make sure that it is fun for everyone involved. I have memories of being told that we had to stand just so … but that was back in the time when film cost so much. Now we can do much more with our digital cameras, and it doesn’t matter how many pictures we take. Photo sessions with our families can be much more relaxed.  Enjoy the following pictures:

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; 
but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13

Taking Pictures of Tobogganing

Tobogganing can be fun for everyone, and it can be fun to take photos. However, it isn’t always easy to do so. There are several things you have to take into account. You need to have a fast enough shutter speed, and you also need to make sure your aperture is small enough to pick up the detail. Both these and the ISO are going to make the difference of whether you can have your subject in focus.

I didn’t manage to get every subject in focus as much as I wanted to, but it is good practice. I loved the expressions on the children’s faces as they were flying down the hill. 

There was a jump and I tried taking photos of them coming over the jump. Most of these were too blurry to put on this blog, but I will put one on so that I can remember what it looks like when the subject is not in focus. It gives the idea of speed, but I didn’t get the focus on the subject.

And the last thing to remember is to make sure you are safe when you are taking the pictures. When I was near the jump, the 10 year old lost control of his toboggan and bowled me over … head over heels. I’m glad we were both okay (and that my camera was too). Do be careful if you are trying to get these photos and have fun.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Philippians 4:4

Looking out a Window

I haven’t had the same time and freedom to take photos as I’ve been used to, but I have been looking through different tutorials on the internet. I’ve especially been looking at Family Photography and Lifestyle photography compared to “posed” photography. I have a lot to learn in both of these areas.

This past weekend I had the chance to take some photos of a young boy looking out a window. This was a chance to challenge myself to see if I could get a good exposure, and take a sharp enough picture. He was quite involved watching what was happening outside – birds at the bird feeder, and other children playing.  Some of my pictures didn’t turn out as sharp as I wanted, but it was fun trying.

Children are a blessing from the Lord, and it is wonderful how He has made each one of us.

So God created man in His own image, 
in the image of God He created him; 
male and female He created them.
Genesis 1:27

Learning to do Family Portraits

I had the privilege of photographing a young family a few weeks ago. They were very cooperative and easy to work with. Any issues were with my lack of knowledge of my camera and thinking of how I could have them pose. Before I met with them, I checked several places on  the internet for posing suggestions. This helped some.

I enjoyed working with them, and would like to try a photo session with them again next year, and possibly try some other families.

Seeing this family and others reminds me that God instituted marriage, and we can thank Him for this. He wants us to love those in our family and others.

Love is patient and kind; 
love does not envy or boast; 
it is not arrogant or rude.
 It does not insist on its own way; 
it is not irritable or resentful;
 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  
Love bears all things, 
believes all things,
 hopes all things, 
endures all things. 
Love never ends.

1 Corinithians 13:4-7

Family in the Sun

Family in the sun … Taking time for family and loved ones is what God wants us to do. When we do this, He shows us the beauty in our family and around us. With Thanksgiving coming, it is good to be reminded of all that we can be thankful for.

This picture was a bit of an “oops”. I realized after I took the picture that I shouldn’t have taken this with automatic settings, or made sure that I got my focus from their faces. The camera picked up its focus from the building. Focusing on  their faces, and holding the shutter button half way down, then recomposing, would have made their faces sharper. However, I still like the softness of their faces. I also thought that if the background wasn’t overexposed the way it is, the picture might have been too busy.

You have put gladness in my heart.  ~ Psalm 4:7

Settings: 1/40, f/4.5, ISO 100

Afternoon at the Lake

Afternoon times at the lake. One of those memories we like to have during the long winter months. This girl was fascinated with the ducks, and spent quite a bit of time watching them. Shooting in the direction of the sun made her look silhouetted for the picture.

Building memories for children is an important part of raising our children. God gives us this opportunity to raise them for Him … we need to spend time with them.

 Grandchildren are like a crown to older people …  ~ Proverbs 17:6

Settings: 1/320, f/11, ISO 100

Little boys

Little boys … shy … not sure about having his picture taken? He just didn’t want it to take too long to have his picture taken and wondered when he could get down.  Little boys are given to us from God. God makes each of us unique … looks … personality … attention spans …and He loves us.

I was thinking that the Lord Jesus Christ was young like this when He was here on this earth. His parents raised Him along with brothers, and other members of their families. He had cousins, ate meals with family, played, and learned to do carpentry with his earthly father.

And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. ~  Luke 2:51

Settings: 1/200, f/10, Bounced flash

Portraits of children

Now that I’m back in my “day” job, it’s getting harder to find time for photography and writing in this blog. My goal is to add a new picture each week. Recently I had the chance to take some portraits of several children. This month I’ll add some of these photos.

This little girl enjoyed posing for the camera, so I had more opportunity to work with the lighting for her photo. It was taken outdoors, in the shade, and I bounced the flash off of a gold reflector.
I’m reminded that children are a gift from God, and that He loves each one of them. We need to treat each of our children as a gift, and raise them for Him.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14

Settings: 1/80, f/5.6, ISO 100, Flash (bounced off gold reflector)